Our Future Is Now Gone - Father Who Lost Son In Abuja Bomb Blast
Hundreds of families are in pain over loss or serious injuries of their relatives in Monday’s terrorist attack in Nyanya Motor Park, FCT. Some of the devastated parents seek closure and share their stories with newsmen.
One of them a former civil servant (NAN employee), Mr James Udei, could not hide tears when talking to the press. He lost his son, Emmanuel, in the deadly blast.
April 14, 2014, Monday, had started just like any other day for Udei, and his humble family consisting of his wife Angela, son Emmanuel, and daughter Victoria.
But the start of the week did not bring any blessings to them; the inhuman act changed their lives forever.
The family embarked on a journey in search of their first son, who was not at home, minutes after they heard of the bomb blast. Their search had taken them to the Maitama General Hospital. The parents experienced pure shock when they have finally found his mangled body, torn apart by the bomb.
At the hospital, Emma’s mother, a woman in her early 50s, screamed in agony.
“Oh Emma, my first son, my first son, oh Emma, Emma has gone, Emma is finished. Emma don go o. Oh Jesus. I called his number, his number was deceiving me that it is not reachable.”
The father told THISDAY that he had told his son to wait for him so that they could travel together, but the deceased had chosen to go to the park to take a bus alone.
The grieving father, who now works as a driver, said the loss of his son was unbearable:
“A boy of 19 years, whom we used to boast of as our future, is now gone. Oh we are finished,” he said.
In has been learnt that Emmanuel was a painter, who was hardworking and very committed to his job.
Many relatives are still searching for their loved ones in Abuja hospitals amidst tears, despair and hope for the best.