A Nigerian man from Ebonyi State, identified as Mr Ikechukwu Oke has allegedly fasted for 41 days and nights, suddenly overtaking Jesus who fasted for 40 days and nights in the bible.
According to report, Mr Ikechukwu who hails from Ebiaji in Ezza North LGA embarked on 41 days and nights of dry fasting and prayer in his hostel, located in Ishieke, Ebonyi State.
The SS1 student of Ishieke Secondary School in Ebonyi State has been hospitalized at FETHA 1 in Abakaliki, the state capital, “after surviving 41 days and 41 nights dry fasting”.
Speaking over the incident, Mr Felix Nonso said the boy, Master Ikechukwu Okeh, from Ebiaji in Ezza North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, decided to embark on the fasting “due to family problems”.
He said that, apart from seeking assistance from both the government and private individuals, the mother told interested journalists that what the boy ever wanted in life was to become a Reverend Father, “but there was no one to assist him since he was a boy.”
He said: “Fasting has been his part of life, though he has never embarked on dry fasting. He was still reading his Bible while being administered to by the doctors Engr Peter Edeh called to attend to him. All thanks to God who preserved him for 41 days and night dry fasting. I want to enjoin you who have the heart of assistance to ensure this boy end up in theology school.”
In a comment, a former commissioner for education in the state, Engr Peter Edeh, who is incidentally an old boy of the school, said that he had mobilised others to make sure that the boy is treated in the hospital.
He said: “He is unable to speak, but arrangements have been made to take him to hospital. His mother, a widow, is with him now. On a notepad beside him, he listed some of his problems which include constant spiritual attacks, family afflictions, and other academic and financial problems.”