National honour for Joseph Blankson
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Some days ago, there was a boat mishap on the waterways of Bakana, Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. 24 passengers on-board were drowning safe for Joseph (Joe) Blankson; a young man, happily married with 2 children. He was a very good swimmer. Like most people, he would have been satisfied with just saving himself, but no he didn't.
Rather he went on a rescue mission with the fishermen around the area. He single-handedly saved 1, 2, 3,4, 5, 6, 7 persons. At this point, everyone and himself would have hailed his heroic effort. But he still went for the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and even the 13th person. After rescuing these number of persons, he must have been exhausted, but when he saw that there were still more people to be rescued, he went into the river again to recuse the 14th person. Due to the exhaustion he has already suffered from, it wasn't to be this time around as he died in the process.
Joseph (Joe) Blankson saved 13 people but lost his life. Such selfless love is second to none in the nigerian society which jas been pervaded by selfish, ethnocentric, religious and ideological biases.
Such selflessness must be encouraged amongst the nigerian youths. Thus all well meaning Nigerians should sign this petition appealing to the President to consider the late Joe Blankson deserving of a national honour
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