BY Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA- IN the spirit of Christmas, the Knights of Onitsha Sub-Council of the Knights of St Mulumba, KSM, recently hosted the destitute and widows for a Christmas party at the Sub-Council’s hall at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha. It was indeed a day to remember for the less privileged as they were treated to sumptuous meals and interacted and shared jokes with the Knights.
The Grand Knight of Onitsha Sub-Council, Bro Boniface Ugonabo said the event was part of activities to mark the Founder’s Day of KSM. Recall that KSM was founded by a Monk, the late Reverend Father Anselm Ojefua in 1953. According to Ugonabo, before Fr. Ojefua founded KSM, many Catholics were groping in the dark, prompting the church hierarchy to ask Ojefua to establish a body that could unite them, adding that since then, KSM had become a moral compass in Nigeria.
Before the party with the less privileged, there was a Holy Mass at the Cathedral, during which the chaplain of the Onitsha Sub-Council of KSM, Reverend Father Omuta commended the Knights for emphasizing on work of mercy which, he observed, was in line with the teachings of Fr. Ojefua.
He said: “Father Ojefua lived a life of humility and that humility is what the Knights exhibit in their dealings with people, irrespective of their backgrounds.”
The Onitsha Metropolitan Grand Knight, Bro Damian Okolo, who also attended the ceremony and personally dished food for the destitute, explained that Knights do not claim to be the holiest, adding however, that as Christians, they try to live life worthy of emulation.
According to him, KSM has been trying to touch the lives of people through projects that impact the society greatly, noting that it was for that reason that KSM established a high brow secondary school, the St Mulumba College, Ogbede in Igbo Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State to offer quality education to the young ones. So far, the college has gulped over N150 million and it is already in its senior secondary level.
Some of the destitute who spoke to South-East Voice during the party commended the Knights for remembering them. Mrs. Uju Okafor, who said she lost her husband and children several years ago and resorted to begging when she could not find anybody to assist her, urged the Knights to go further by rehabilitating some of them who have no shelters over their heads.
“Many of us look like mad people, but we are not mad and it is only hardship that makes us look the way we are,” she said.