A Nigerian man who became the lone survivor of a fire accident that occurred six years ago in Benin-Ore has thanked God for saving his life. The young man also thanked God for giving him the ability to get his life back to normal after the tragic incident.
In celebration of his life after six years of surviving tragic fire accident, Williams Makaveli took to social media to share his story. The young man explained that he had jumped through fire on that day with a desire to live or die trying.
According to him, the incident, which occurred on April 5, 2013, after the bus he boarded collided with a petrol tanker, had taken over eighty lives with him as the only survivor of the tragedy.
Makaveli revealed that he was heading back to school from home to resume a new semester when the accident occurred. He noted that the cries of the mothers, children and fathers who died that day would forever stay with him.
The young man thanked God for making it possible for him to live. He explained that the incident gave him affirmation about the existence of God and the love he has for him.
As he celebrated the anniversary of the tragedy on Friday, April 5, 2019, Makaveli noted that he remembers everyone who died. He prayed that they would continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord.
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Wow, how time flies! The day of Special Thanksgiving is here again. Today marks the Six-year Anniversary of the Benin-Ore petrol tank accident/fire explosion where I became the only survivor out of about Eighty people that boarded that bus.. It still feels surreal to me that I'm alive today. Oh how great is our God. His mercies endureth forever. I'll praise Him forever until my last breath.. 05/04/2013 is a day I'll never forget… A day that will forever remain indelible in my heart.. A day I came face to face with death and saw my life flash right before me, just about to end… A day I jumped into the brutal, raging fire after making the harshest, courageous decision to survive against all odds.. Even if it meant me dying in the end, I was willing to do anything, use any means to be alive or die trying.. It's a day I realised and experienced God's amazing love for me.. A day I was reborn and given a second chance at life. A day I jumped into the fire, survived and became refined just like gold.. Exactly six years today, I was traveling back to school to resume a new semester when the luxurious bus I boarded had a ghastly accident by colliding with a petrol tanker which further caused the two vehicles to explode into wild fire like a bomb, thereby claiming the lives of all people on board including babies, little children, corpers, e.t.c., except me. The gory sight of people burning and fearful screaming voices of "Jesus!", "Jesus!" will forever remain evergreen in my memory. That was a traumatic experience I'll never wish on anyone, even my enemy. Today I remember everyone who died on that bus and pray they continue to rest in the bossom of the Lord. My heart and prayers also go to the families and loved ones they left behind.. I want to also use this opportunity to reveal that I'll be releasing a short memoir in few months time, detailing the events of that day, how I survived against all odds, my road to recovery, pain and experiences so far which will inspire everyone and I hope you all will support me when that time comes. 🍾Celebrate me today🍾 @tundeednut @instablog9ja @krakstv @donjazzy @tatafonaija @rilimillz @laughnigeria @pulsenigeria247
After Nigerians sent out messages sharing their support for him, the young man stated that he was amazed by the positive reactions he gained from sharing his ordeal. He thanked everyone for their words of encouragement in a long post shared on Instagram.
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Wow I'm really amazed by the amount of positive reactions to my story.. I want to specially thank everyone for their words of encouragement and heartwarming messages.. I believe my story and experience has shown even the unbelievers that truly God exists. I hope this testimony will inspire us all and show us that God is able to see us through the storms of life only if we believe.. He loves us so much and truly wishes the best for us. Remember life is 10% of what happens to you and 90% percent of how you respond to it.. So irrespective of what you go through in life, try and see the positive part of that situation and respond positively to it no matter how difficult it would seem.. In all, never stop believing and keep your hopes alive. God will surely visit at His appointed time.. Honestly I'm still in awe of God's love for me cos I don't even deserve his mercies let alone His love.. The devil wanted to take my life, but mercy said No!! Only God could have done this and I'm truly grateful to Him.. He kept me for a purpose and refined me just like gold. Thank God we don't look like what we've been through.. I look so much better now, lol.. I appreciate everyone who has reached out to me in one way or the other.. I hope God touches you all in that urgent place or situation where you most need his touch and you'll testify just like me.. I love you all! Thank you once again for your love.. Keep on believing!!! #youngandgettingit #youngandinlovewithGod #memoirofalonesurvivor
In sad incident that happened three months ago, we reported that fire gutted a 14-storey building in Marina, Lagos Island. It was gathered that the building had belonged to United African Company (UAC) leaving staff who were left stranded amid the loss of personal properties and important files, on Thursday, January 24.