The remains of the Principal of Bethlehem High School, Rev. Sis. Henrietta Alokha, who was one of the victims of the Abule-Ado explosion in Lagos was laid to rest yesterday.
President Muhammadu Buhari joined to mourn her demise. He described her actions as heroic after losing her life about two weeks ago, while trying to save boarding school students from the devastation that followed the explosion of a gas pipeline in the area.
President Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said: “As remains of the Principal of Bethlehem High School, Abule-Ado, Lagos, Rev. Sis. Henrietta Alokha, is laid to rest, President Muhammadu Buhari joins staff members and students in mourning the huge loss to the school, and the country.”
He further stated that the President believes Alokha’s choice to lay down her life for the students she loved deserves commendation, while taking into consideration her contributions to the educational development of the country through piety, diligence and charity.
He also said, “President Buhari salutes her courage and heroism, assuring that posterity will remember her sacrificial spirit, rescuing children kept under her care, and putting her own life on the line.”
Therefore, President Buhari prayed for the soul of the deceased principal and the comfort of the family, and all those she lived and died for.
He also commiserated with all those who lost their loved ones and property in the pipeline explosion, praying that God will strengthen them in the trying period.