Dr. Jacob Agba: Not Born to Cry…

The above picture was taken about two months ago, when I interviewed Dr. Jacob Agba of Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) for LinCornellah’s blog.

Dr. Agba is Cross River State’s only visually impaired doctorate degree holder in mass communication. The laptop shown here on his desk is his pen and library. It contains all his academic publications. It was bought about one year ago, after a similar one was surreptitiously stolen in his presence by a yet to be identified person. Sadly, this laptop that cost a lot of money to replace, has been stolen again. It was stolen from Dr. Agba’s office in the evening of Tuesday, November 22nd.

According to Dr. Agba, the thief visited him in the guise of finding out why his “wife” failed a course taught by him. After Dr. Agba explained the candidate’s shortcomings, the thief spent several minutes pleading that Dr. Agba should “do something” about the result. But Dr. Agba rejected those pleas. Apparently, that was a ploy meant to lower Dr. Agba’s guards while the thief perfected his mischievous strategies.

Fortunately for the thief, Dr. Agba stepped out briefly to handover a flash drive to his secretary in an outer office. The thief took the laptop in a jiffy and stepped out behind Dr. Agba. Although some students were reportedly loitering outside those offices, none of them suspected that anything was amiss. The thief must have gained further advantage in that brief interval until Dr. Agba returned to his desk to notice that his precious laptop had vanished. At the time he raised alarm that attracted prompt attention from those around, the thief had disappeared into thin air.

Words cannot describe how sad I feel about this episode.

However, my wife and I will continue to pray for Dr. Agba and his family. We strongly believe that Dr. Agba wasn’t created to cry. We trust that God knows how best to deal with people who attempt to make him to cry. We have calmly submitted such people to God.

  • Cornel Ellah


An advice: People, let’s watch what we do. The poor, widows, orphans, less privileged, disadvantaged and physically challenged are persons particularly dear to God’s heart (See Proverbs 22:16; 1 John 3:17; Isaiah 1:17; 1 Corinthians 10:24; Proverbs 14:31) God listens to their cry. Their tear drops go directly to God for vengeance.

Greed and disregard for positive values has made people do things to the detriment of others. Well, the results are usually not pleasant. It just catches up, eventually (See Proverbs 28:22; 21:13).

  • Linda Ellah

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