Thursday, December 29, 2011

Nancy Maduka: Alive because she refused to go to church

13 year old Nancy Maduka is alive today because she refused to go to church on Christmas day. She pleaded with her parents to allow her skip church to enable her fix her hair. When it became evident that she was not ready to go with them, her mother, in annoyance, left her with some money and directed her to put finishing touches to all the food items bought for the Christmas celebration.

Her mother Jennifer Maduka, her father Francis Maduka, and two older sisters left for church. A few hours later, they were all killed in a bomb blast at St Theresa Catholic church, Suleja.

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It never occurred to any of the members of the family that their encounter that morning would be their last.

No premonition that death was lurking around, not even during the mass. Not even the directive by the Parish Priest, Reverend Father Isaac Achi, that all parishioners should wait and part-take in a Christmas gift from “Baby Jesus” after the mass was strong enough to stop the family from leaving.

Far away from the church, Nancy was set to have her hair-do when a loud sound rented the air. Like a wild harmattan fire, the news of the bomb blast at St. Theresa Catholic Church went round the entire Madalla. Suddenly, Nancy remembered that her parents and sisters were in the church. Like the speed of the light, Nancy dashed to the church and within a twinkle of an eye, her life changed; she became an orphan, because her parents and two sisters were roasted in their car by the explosion that ensued from the bomb blast.

Nancy said: “I was not with them this morning, I had to go and do my hair this morning because I was in church throughout yesterday, preparing for the Christmas. So, I was unable to make it to the mass, despite the pressure mounted by my father to dress up and go for the early morning mass.

“At about 7:30a.m., I went to do my hair and where I went to do my hair, I heard some people talking about a bomb blast at St. Theresa, so I went to check because my parents and sisters went for the mass this morning. As I was about entering the church and was making enquiry, I saw somebody lying on the ground dead. I know my dad’s car; everybody in the car was dead. The first person I identified was one of my sisters; she was dried up by the fire from the explosion. I saw my parents in the front seat, and they were all burnt in the car. I lost all, my parents, my sisters. I lost all. I was crying, because I can see a bleak future ahead of me. Where do I go from where I am? I was not only confused; I initially felt all hope was lost. The only thing I recalled was that some people came and dragged me away from my father’s burnt car,” Nancy stated

Now living with the parish sisters, Nancy was a pity sight on Sunday. She looked ahead to a bleak future, but still has hope.

“I don’t know why this happens, but since this is the way the good Lord wants it, let it be. All I know is that all hope is not lost. I strongly believe this is not the end of the world for me. I know God has a plan for me to have speared my life,” she said

43 comments:

galore said...

So Touching......*am in Tears*.......The Good LORD will Keep you Nancy......Amen

Priscy said...

teary eyed. the memories will remain with her forever, the Lord is your strength Nancy, it is well.

Atobatele said...

Wat a wonder....Miracle happen no doubt.

Blue said...

You see life? poor Nancy has lost her family, yet some idiots are having the fun of thier lifes. every Xmas day is a sad memory for her yet it should have been a great reunion and bonding with the entire family. Nancy i wish i could say more but am tired. The Lord strenghten you!!!

Saint Shakespeare said...

The Government better sponsor this Child's education to what ever level she desires..... They should also make sure she has a good Job after she completes her education.... thats the only compensation the government can only "try" to give this young girl, even if its not commensurate with what she has lost...

God is your strength Nancy... I would also like to contribute something to this girls education if i can get contact... Linda please if you know how the public can set up a fund for this girl.. please initiate it and we shall try to support... thanks

Anonymous said...

How People's life can change in a second..God please till the end of this year n through the next new years to come let our lives only change for good n not devastation,keep us n our loved ones,protect us frm the evil ones in Jesus name I pray.
Nancy,God is your strenght,He will keep you all days of ypour life n you will be increased in ways that even you will never aim at,your family will look down n be proud of you,it is well my sister,it is well!

Jay O said...

Really sad Linda. Maybe you can set up somewhere for people to make donations for her. For example contact the parish sisters to get the girl's contact, maybe a bank acct can be set up in her name. More can be one, rather just posting this on here. I believe given your position Linda, if you take the initiative, others will follow!

Given the comfort of her family, being able to have a car etc, to now go from that to nothing, everyone and everything gone, Nancy my poor sister.

Anonymous said...

It so painful but God knos d best. Take heart dear.d good God wil guide your future..dose ppl will neva mind peace were ever the are..........

ANNY said...

NANCY, it is well.GOD is with you

HOMEMADE ENTERTAINMENT said...

Wow, mehn I don't even know what to say. She definitely is a miracle child and God will definitely use her for wonders

HOMEMADE ENTERTAINMENT said...

Wow this is just sad, but we also thank God that she's alive because he will use her for great things

and so? said...

how can she be contacted and helped pls? this is soooo sad!

Anonymous said...

It was not her time to go, to all these who last there life may d souls Rip and d people that did this d DEVIL HAS A SPECIAL pLACE IN HELl FOR U GUYS

smart said...

This is one ill fate the citizens have to live with according to Mr. president. *smh*
meanyle,a #5billion robotik bomb detector behind his own neck to protect him from same catastrophy.hnmmnmnm, treason of utmost height.
Let God arise and judge!!

Anonymous said...

dis is so sad...may God be wit her always and comfort her dis period...Amen.

Anonymous said...

dis is so sad...may God be wit her always and comfort her dis period...Amen.

Just Me said...

so sad!!! i am so speechless. May God continue to keep you.

Anonymous said...

What a faith the little girl has. God pls do not allow her to b disappointed.

Anonymous said...

God will guide us all according to our hand work.they will be caught one day,dat i know,may all their soul rest in peace

bloglord said...

poor girl.

grace said...

so sad:( @ boko haram and sponsors may d blood of the innocent people you have killed, judge you.

Anonymous said...

This is too touching...she will surely be traumatized & will need councelling & assurance that she has people who care for her because rightly so she feels she's lost all. Nancy you will be in my thoughts & prayers so also all the other victims. God loves you & has a grand plan for you. Dr. W

Golden Pearl said...

GOD!!! PLS SOMEONE HAS TO COME TO THE AID OF THIS YOUNG GIRL...GIVE HER GOOD EDUCATION...AND ANY OTHER THING TO ASSUAGE HER!

Najiajobs said...

This is really touching, God be with you Nancy

kcee said...

very sad indeed.

Anonymous said...

whch good LOrd ? the one that allow her parents and sibblings to be brutally murdered ? please

Anonymous said...

this is a slap on christaindom in nigeria, we must act now

Tega said...

In times like this, we should all pray for Nigeria. If this Boko Haram menance is not quickly handled, all sorts of negative scenarios will await Nigeria as a united country.

Blue said...

linda, please can you get the details of how we can get through to her? even if its to support her every month i am very willing to do so!PLEASE

Anonymous said...

God is your strength .

oyakhilome said...

i'm a guy who's never wasted a tear in donkey years. crying for her. life sucks.

Anonymous said...

How sad! Sigh

sleekreek said...

See me shedding tears for someone i dont even know,,,,,,,its a pity,,,but I love her courage and strength and the fact that she knows that there's still hope for a bright future,,,its not a mistake that God spared her life........it is well,Nancy!!

Roseanne said...

omg.this is so sad.May God give her the strength to carry om.
x

AbujaKenneth said...

From all analysis, it seems that the sect has launched a war against the Igbos. The North, Muslims, FG, and well meaning Nigerians should as a matter of urgency call this sect to order before, Igbos marshal out their retaliation acts. I do not think that it is proper to fold hands and continue licking your wound in the face of continuous aggression.

Gold said...

May d good LoRd bless and keep and cause his face to shine upon u IJN... Its well Nancy d Lord will comfort u

Gold said...

May d good LoRd bless and keep and cause his face to shine upon u IJN... Its well Nancy d Lord will comfort u

Anonymous said...

WHO KNOWS....if she was with them,she may have gone off somewhere to greet friends after church,parents looking for her may have been delayed from the explosion.All Maybe! It could have gone anyway.change a thing from occurences,destiny is changed

ugo frank said...

God still at work, I read it on a newspaper a day before and she said "since God kept me alive, all hope is not lost" God will be with her and R.I.P all those that died, they are all martyr and will be buried in the church premises.

Linda U should do something about what someone said about setting up a trust fund for her or anything for people that wants to help Nancy, its really important, I read she is now living with the Rev sisters in the church.
Thanks

ugo frank said...

God still at work, God is still God. Thank God for Nancy and R.I.P all those that died on that day they are all martyr to be buried in the church premises. I read this in a newspaper a day before when Nancy said " if God will keep me alive, all hope is not lost" I admire her courage.
Linda please you have to do something about what someone said about setting a fund for her or anything of that nature to help Nancy........ I understand she is staying in the church with the Rev sisters since the incident.
Thanks

crazylifemeetsdee said...

*Teary eyes*.May the good Lord give her the fortitude to bear the loss...Please Nigerian government be responsible for this girl's education and survival...

Anonymous said...

This boko haram are breeding something negative that's going affect them and generation yet unborn(Northern regions). Αll the major violence are from them. Kano riot, kadunna, Miss World etc. Ethnic,religion,tribal. They will get their reward on this earth. Don't they have responsible elder circus. What is their contribution? If it my place, they kings must have done something esp starting from its root just like how it αll started in Maiduguri even we friendly and intelligent people. They are innately people of violence religion apart

Nancy, May the Lord guide you and give you strength.

Anonymous said...

Strong words from Nancy. YES "HOPE IS NOT LOST" The Lord will guide and lead you all the way. It is well.