A Nigerian man has gone online to give thanks to God for saving him from two major tragedies ten years apart.
Innocent Xylvestre Denavide used to sleep in an apartment on the third floor of the Ikoyi building that collapsed on November 1.
“It’s 10/11/21 today, exactly 10 years since the robbery at Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU).
“On getting close to the end of their operation at some minutes past noon, someone (masked) called out for one person to be brought for a signature/sacrifice that they visited the school.
“I had prayed what I thought was my last prayer while my head was bowed in the car. I had committed my soul and spirit into my creator’s hand. ‘Father, please let ‘PROCEED INTO MY KINGDOM’ be my portion, Lord. Don’t tell me to ‘DEPART’.
“I had lost all hope of living a minute more. After the demand of someone to be brought out, another guy, unmasked, walked towards the car I was in, opened the front door and brought me out.
“Stepping out of the car, they asked me to kneel down in the middle of the tarred road that led to the school gate. I tried to plead for mercy. ‘I am the only son of a mother of two, please don’t kill me”.
“’Shut up,’ he retorted.
“At this junction, I knew it is over. Only God’s miraculous bulletproof vest could work and save me now. I gave up as I went on my knees with my hands raised up. I couldn’t cry anymore. Death is finally here.
“But thanks be to God, a third guy came, asked me to stand up and kneel in the dry gutter with my back on them.
Chai!!! To be shot from behind? I’ve got no option. Shakily, I did just that. Then later he asked me to lie down. After some minutes, he called others in all the vehicles parked to join me there.
“They had taken the lives of some people in the banking area already. I guess that was communicated to them and that’s why they spared me.
“This is an unforgettable experience in addition to the building that collapsed last week Monday — 10 years apart, in the same month of November.
“God won’t just watch me die. To Jesus I give thanks.” –