Emeka, the 1st of 3 children, works with a multinational oil company. Sometime last year he received a call from home that his father was very ill. After medical evaluation, it was discovered that his father had cancer. The whole family was devastated, with Emeka’s mother weeping inconsolably. Emeka immediately started talking to some people, who told him about a hospital in India with a team of specialists that he could send his father to. However, the whole thing — logistics and treatment — was going to cost N15 million which Emeka did not have in cash, so he sold his land, took a loan from his office cooperative, and borrowed a million naira from his friend Jide, successfully raising the N15 million which he sent to his parents so they could go to India and commence treatment.
As a result of the cooperative loan that Emeka took, his take-home would now be N35, 000 because he wanted to make the duration of the loan shorter to enable him finish paying it off quickly.
After Emeka sent the money, he noticed that his father started avoiding his calls and even his mother started acting funny. At the time they were supposed to leave for India, they started giving excuses, so Emeka decided it was time to pay them a visit. That was when his father opened up, telling Emeka that he gave the money to his younger brother Onyedika to put in his business and that he did not travel anymore because he wanted to use traditional medicine. After all, what was he doing alive and in health if his sons were not doing well? He said he had saved a part of the money for his last son and kept the remaining for his own use. Emeka almost wept at what his father told him, but he held himself together because of the respect he had for him.
A year has passed and his father is terribly sick, his mother calling on him in tears not to let her husband die. They now want to go to India; his father has apologised for his decisions, and now Emeka’s uncles and other members of his extended family are on his neck to do something.
What should Emeka do?
Should he sell his house for his father to go to India? Should he let his father, who raised him and gave him an education, die since he already made his choice? What is the guarantee that his father will survive?
Please help Emeka with your words of wisdom.