By Nathaniel Ikyur
The year 2020 never gave any inkling it will deal with us the way it ended up doing. The year took the whole world by storm. Hopes turned into sour grapes of dashed hopes. Fears became tears. Day by day, the world began to witness an unprecedented havoc that the enemy wrecked on the entire world. Even the super powers of this world became powerless. The most powerful presidents were humbled by the ravaging Covid-19 pandemic. It was a deadly year. That would have sufficed.
But never did i envisage more calamity in the magnitude of what has become of my dear brother, Dr Karl Kwaghger, an Associate Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Agriculture, Makurdi. Aondona was said to have been murdered somewhere in Makurdi on Saturday, November 28, 2020.
Although details remain sketchy, the information pieced together is too gruesome to tell. How could you have been such an obstacle to warrant this dastard sad end? Why can’t the person spare you and take away that which he/she thought you were a stumbling block? I’ve tried to ask these questions without an answer.
As I write this, my heart bleeds. Am pained to know that it’s not even a joke to pass over after awhile. When we followed you to bury your mother early this year, this untimely departure wasn’t part of your plans.
Sadly, this year that promised some people double-double have turned out to be full of tears and blood to many families. It’s indeed a very sad day for Mbakor and the entire Benue State and the academic family at University of Agriculture, Makurdi.
As I conclude this in tears, I bow my knees in prayer and declare that in the name of Jesus, the host of heaven will give you justice.
Even as we mourn your untimely death, we’re however hopeful that God Almighty will not allow further calamity to befall us. We declare boldly that this year shall no longer bring tears to us but laughter and praise by the spirit of God. Amen
Rest in Peace dear Prof.