ANAMBRA State Government has awarded scholarship to two surviving daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Obiukwu of Umuduru village, Awka-Etiti whose four daughters were killed at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Madalla, Niger State.
Governor Obi who disclosed this at a funeral service also announced a financial support of N2m to the family and another N2m, for a memorial to be built in the church.
The victims were Miss Chioma Obiukwu (23 years), Miss Ifeoma Obiukwu, her twin sister Uche Obiukwu (16 years) and Miss Chidinmma Obiukwu (13 years).
Obi said the scholarship would cover all levels of study in any part of the country.
The governor called for collective effort towards a new consciousness to discourage greed in governance and ensure that public resources are used for the benefit of the people. He gave assurance that his administration is determined to restore character to governance.
The Archbishop and Metropolitan of Onitsha Ecclesiastical Province, His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Valeria Okeke, while lamenting the killing of the innocent children said what is important is not how long one lives but how well one is with the Lord.
Describing the victims as martyrs, the Archbishop prayed that their death would lead to a peaceful Nigeria.
The Parish Priest of the church, Rev. Fr. Paul Nwanegbu, commended Obi for remaining responsive to the affairs of the people and sustaining quality leadership.
The father of the victims, Mr. Emmanuel Obiukwu, expressed gratitude to Governor Obi for giving them a lifeline.
Among priests that celebrated the mass was the Parish Priest of St Theresa’s Catholic Church Mandalla, where the blast took place.