By Oginyi Ruth
An SS1 student in Ebonyi state, Ikechukwu Oke, who allegedly embarked on 41 days dry fasting and prayer has collapsed and hospitalised.
Oke, of Ishieke Secondary School where Ebonyi State University campus is also located in Ezza North Local Governmrnt Area of Ebonyi, a professed born again christian had starved self into a thin, pale looking being before collapsing to the self imposed dry fasting.
Unable to speak presently, the prayer points he listed in a jotter before embarking on the purported fasting were found in his living apartment at the British Lodge hostel where he resides and barked on the religious self torture.
A hostel neighbor told WARRI TODAY on anonymity that, “Ikechukwu decided to embark on such self torture as a result of the family challenges and worldly afflictions. Since death of his father, things has been very bad for him, his widowed mother and brother.
” Fellow students exempted him from class room exercises when his body system became weakened by the fasting as he could no longer move around but still continued with the fasting and prayers.
“When found in his sorry state, Oke was still clutching his bible but only to gazing in trance like state, unable to recognise people around him.
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It took intervention of freelance journalist, Nteoma Chimaobi and other good spirited individuals who rushed him to the Accident and Emergency Unit, Alex Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, EA-FETHA 1 Abakaliki, where he is now under intensive care in company of his mother and brother.
“We, students of this hostel wish him quick response to treatment and God’s intervention on his suicidal mission in the name of fasting and prayers. How can he tempt God?”, a student wondered.