Professor Dubem Okafor was my lecturer at the now Federal College Of Education, Eha – Amufu from 1984 – 1987, in the English Language and Literature Department. I remember vividly the hash environment under which learning processes were going on.The lecturers would drive for hours from Enugu before they would finally make it across Ebonyi River bridge ( if the planks are still there), otherwise , they would park their vehicles by the bridge and cross by feet to continue their journey to the College for at least 45 minutes. The impact was so severe on both parties , yet we were all very resolute on what we wanted to achieve and never relented.
Inside the lecture room he was always relaxed albeit his monstrous visage which ,in my own opinion,was a mere mask he chose to hide that humility and tenderness embedded in his pristine and precious personality . I had no doubt in my mind that he was nursing a big scar from a feminine gender inside his heart , for he openly calls them witches during lectures. One day, he came in and called out my name: Dennis , why are you always surrounded by witches during my classes especially that one there that looks like one of the witches in the Macbert ? We all busted out laughing . He also joined in the cacophony , but you could never see his teeth when he laughs. He rarely laughed.He was very good on his field.
Presently,am still in shock to hear he shot his wife and then himself. He does not seem to me to be of a violent nature. Whatever drove him to this act , I pray to GOD today to remove such instinct from us men who choose to make their children orphans by this act. There is nothing whatsoever that can justify this act.
May GOD grant the family the fortitude to bear the lose and the ability to be strong and move on .May GOD rest them .AMEN.