Abuja, 12 June, 2020 / 11:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The Nigerian nun who lost her life while seeking to save school girls during the March 15 inferno at the institution she was heading, Sr. Henrietta Alokha, has been recognized by the leaders of the Airforce of the West African nation who have named a newly-built assembly hall after her.
Sr. Henrietta, a member of the Religious Congregation of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart (SSH) who was the Principal of Bethlehem Girls College in Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos, has been recognized by the Nigerian Airforce (NAF) for her bravery and ultimate sacrifice of her life to save others after a gas explosion caused fire that razed down at least 50 houses, injuring and killing residents of Abule Ado town in its wake.
The Airforce has also built a cenotaph for the late nun at the entrance of the 500-capacity hall located at the 041 NAF Communications Depot, Shasha, Lagos Archdiocese.
Unveiling the name and cenotaph on Thursday, June 11, Air Officer Commanding (AOC) Logistics Command, Lawal Alao noted that a hall in a school where character was molded “deserved to be named after a worthy Nigerian who has distinguished his/herself in the service to humanity.”
“I am hopeful that naming the assembly hall after Rev. Sr. Henrietta Alokha will not only be symbolic but will continually keep her memory fresh in our hearts,” Mr. Alao who represented Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Sadique Abubakar said.