AN ADDRESS OF THANKSGIVING AND HONOUR TO GOD ALMIGHTY
AN ADDRESS OF THANKSGIVING AND HONOUR TO GOD ALMIGHTY BY HIS GRACE, THE MOST REV. PROF. DADDY HEZEKIAH MFR, AMB.P, NFNY, JP, THE ANOINTED PROPHET OF THE MOST HIGH GOD (ODUM EBO IGBO) LION OF THE TRIBE OF IGBO, FOUNDER AND LEADER, LIVING CHRIST MISSION INC., PROMOTER/CHANCELLOR, HEZEKIAH UNIVERSITY, UMUDI. ON THE OCCASION OF MY GOLDEN JUBILEE (50) YEARS IN THE LORD THIS DAY, OCTOBER, 15TH, 2017, AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE, ABUJA, NIGERIA.
The Almighty God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
His Excellency Prof. Yemi Osinbajo GCON, SAN
Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
His Excellency Prof. Faustin Archange Touadera
President, Central African Republic
His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu
President, Republic of Zambia
His Excellency General Yakubu Gowon GCFR
Former Head of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria
His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR
Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
His Excellency Dr. Ebele Jonathan GCFR
Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
His Royal Majesty Adeyeye Ogunwusi
The Ooni of Ife
His Royal Majesty Alhaji (Dr.) Adamu Baba Yunusa MFR, CCC, MHCH Ona of Abaji, Chairman Council of Chiefs FCT Abuja
His Royal Highness Eze (Dr.) Sir, M. O. Kanu (Ochiriuozua)
Traditional Ruler of Ejezie Kingdom
His Royal Majesty Eze Ibe Nwosu
Chairman Igbo Traditional Rulers in Diaspora
Muhammad Musa Bello
Honourable Minister, Federal Capital Territory
Her Excellency, Princess Chukwunazaekpere Favour Hephzibah Hezekiah, The Princess of the Most High God, Icon of Evangelism, Head of Service and
Shepherd Mother-General of Living Christ Mission, Worldwide,
Her Honour, Princess Onyinyeomachukwu Precious Gift Samuel
Hezekiah, The Hero Among Students, Worthy Ambassador of Onitsha
Natives, The Lord's Anointed Portion Forever, An Honourable Graduate Without a Questionable Character, the Legendry Hero and Lioness of the 21st Century youths.
Expression of Gratitude to God Almighty: It is with great pleasure, immense gratitude to God Almighty and happiness that I express my profound thanksgiving to the Most High God for sparing our lives and for granting us journey mercies to be here today to rejoice and celebrate with me, on the occasion of my Golden Jubilee celebration-50th Birthday in the Lord. Indeed, great is our God and greatly to be praised.
I give Him all the glory, honour, thanksgiving and praise for his immeasurable love, care and grace to all His creatures. If one looks around today, one would observe that the world is troubled by hardship, sufferings, hunger, suppression, natural and man-made disasters, but it pleased God to protect us, provide for us and give us peace of mind.
Honestly speaking, I am excited and overwhelmed with exceeding joy because the Lord, God Almighty, has done great and mighty things for me, these fifty years of my steady walk with Him. Though it has not been easy for me, the grace of God is sufficient for me. If I should begin to recount my experiences these fifty years, we may not leave here today but I have come to glorify God, for being my strength, power, shield and back bone.
On several occasions, I have pondered on the goodness and love of God towards me and my church, Living Christ Mission Inc., that celebrated her 33 spiritual, symbolic and significant years on earth in December, 2016. God has lavished His love on me in several ways. He has fought my battles, defended my course, provided for me and ensured that none of my words fall to the ground.
The Significance or Reason for Our Gathering: According to Leviticus Chapter 25:10-18, the Jubilee is both holy and hallowed to God Almighty. It is a period of liberation and restoration from the Almighty God as such, should be hallowed and observed. 50 years is a significant number being half of a century and for God to have allowed me to attain this year really calls for celebration.
More so, given the several ordeals, temptations and some persecutions I passed through, God saved me. After going through my persecutions these fifty years, you will certainly appreciate my thanksgiving to God.
My Brief History: I was born into the family of late Nze Obadiah Amadi Onukogu and Madam Mary Onukogu (Nee Okanu) both of Nkwerre, Imo State. My father was a lay magistrate and a London trained Police officer. My father, Nze Obadiah Amadi Onukogu was a very wealthy man and the first to build a stone house (upstairs) in the entire Nkwerre town. In 1960 he went to England for training as a police officer. My mother's father, Mr. Okanu was one of the wealthiest business men in Nkwerre yet I suffered severe persecutions and lived as if I was from a poor family on the account of my faith in Christ. I did my nursery education at Township School Port Harcourt, primary education at St. Paul's Primary school Nkwerre, where I took my first school leaving certificate in 1964 and secondary school education at St. Augustine Grammar School (SAGS) Nkwerre in 1965 where I took my West African School Certificate Examination (WASC) in 1971 and High School Certificate (HSC) in 1973 before I proceeded to the University of Zambia Lusaka where I studied Industrial Chemistry I loved SPORTS so much hence I was a very good footballer, Hockey player, High jumper and BOXER. I was also a very good singer of spiritual songs. At a stage in life, I had to resort to using condemned lorry tyre with rope as a foot wear (slippers) not minding my parents' wealth. My father loved me so much but my refusal to join them in worshipping idol did not go down well with him and the several denials I had were in a bid to see if I would change my mind but the more I was persecuted, the stronger I grew in the Lord. I was the last student to be registered for WASC examination at St. Augustine's Grammar School, Nkwerre in 1971. Yet, it did not make me to question God or backslide.
Again, it was as if the devil knew what I was going to be and began to fight me. According to my mother, she suffered serious infant mortality resulting that at a time, she went back to her parents after losing three of her children. Later, there was a prophecy that my mother would bear a child, who will be exceptional, so the husband, my father, came and brought her back. Not long after, I was born in Calabar, present day Cross River State. As a plump handsome baby boy, I was the delight of the neighborhoods that, in most cases, my mother hardly carry and attend to me. However, some people were skeptical that I might be an abnormal child that would not last ('Abiku', as the Yorubas call it or 'Ogbanje' (as the Igbos call such children). As if to confirm their predictions and fear about me, as I was growing up, I was struck by a strange illness that defied medications.
Consequent upon my pitiable condition, those people who once delighted in carrying me around began to detest me because I became pale, weak, fragile, and with all the hair on my head falling off. According to my mother, she became confused upon remembering that she had lost three children before me. I was taken to several places in a bid to save me. I was even taken to Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State, where the man stated that one of my fingers must be cut off for me to live. But according to the story, my father stood against such advice insisting that if I should die, let me die with all the parts of my body. All these while, my parents unaware of my spiritual identity, did not know that my worsening health condition was as a result of the native doctors they were taking me to. Later, as a last resort, when my mother lost her forth (4th) child she (my mother) took me to Umukor, in Nkwerre, Imo State to a Prophetess Mother Celestina Anyiam of the Holy Sabbath of Jehovah's Mission who warned my parents very sternly never to attempt taking me to native doctors again. She then prophesied and told my mother that I was sent by God Almighty to this world to serve Him and I would be a mighty prophet of the Most High God. This was in 1967. After the visit, I began to recover and since then, I have not been sick again.
In 1980, I returned to Nigeria from Zambia to do my National Youth Service Corp Scheme (NYSC) at Inland Girls' Secondary School Onitsha. In 1981, I became a permanent teacher at the above mentioned school. In 1983 by the grace of God, Living Christ Mission was born (Founded) and was incorporated in 1985. Worthy of note is the fact that I never intended to set up a church but the persecutions I suffered and the malicious treatments people who came to me for prayers were subjected to gave rise to the birth of Living Christ Mission according to the will of God. Thereafter, I continued with my teaching profession and rose to the rank of vice principal/principal three (3). I applied for formal retirement on 11th January, 2003, and now at present a pensioner. Living Christ Mission which started as a mustard seed is today, a giant tree with branches all over the world having celebrated her 34th year in February, 2017.
How and When I First Encountered God: As a little boy, I loved playing football and my ambition then was to play for the national team, Green Eagles, but God had a different plan for me. In 1967, I was playing football with my friends as with other days when suddenly, I heard my name “OBI”. I was confused because the voice that called me was deeper than that of the little children I was playing football with. The voice further directed me to abandon the football and go upstairs to my father's sitting room (parlour) and lock the door which I obeyed. God told me plainly that He was the One calling me. He directed me to bring an exercise book, a Bible and a pen. He then said that I should ask Him questions. The meeting lasted for about six (6) hours after which I became a completely new person. The twenty leaf exercise book with which I wrote the things I discussed with the Lord is still with me to date. The miracle in my encounter with the Lord on that day was that for the six hours (3pm-9pm) which the encounter lasted, nobody came into the room to disturb the discussion. It was an encounter to be remembered.
My Journey to Zambia: Before I left for Zambia in 1974, my father in a bid to protect me, ordered me to wave a particular kola nut over my head so that a deity in my village known as “Okwarafor” would protect me and guarantee my journey but I refused knowing that only God Almighty can protect me and not a dirty powerless deity like Okwarafor. I stood my ground irrespective of the persuasion and convincing words from my mother who emotionally reminded me all she had been going through in life with regard to child/infant mortality. I strived to allay my mother's fear and promised her that I would travel to Zambia in peace and return safely because I know whom I have trusted, Jehovah Almighty, the Lord of Hosts. At the University of Zambia, Lusaka, my original course of study was Medicine but I changed to Industrial Chemistry because of the phobia I have at the sight of blood. To grow in my faith, I joined the University Christian Fellowship and as God would have it, I was appointed the Chairman of the fellowship and established a record of being the first foreign student to hold such an exalted position even up to my final year. To prove that God was behind my appointment, He used me to revive the fellowship and brought in more converts including lecturers. I challenged and defeated some students, especially those from Asia and north Africa who believed so much in the practice of occultism and diabolism. Before I left Zambia in 1979 upon completion of my studies, I was invited to the State House by the President, Kenneth Kaunda, to pray for him and his cabinet. Thereafter, I returned to Nigeria in 1980 to see my mother who has missed me so much.
Persecutions: when you go through the sore persecutions I have passed through since 1967 when I met God to date, you will certainly appreciate God and His power. It is a fact, beyond contention that of all men of God in this contemporary world, no one has gone through the degree of persecutions I have passed through. There were false and damaging accusations, defamatory write ups, petitions, malicious propaganda, etc, while I was still a teacher at Inland Girls' Secondary School Onitsha in my NYSC days. Some of my colleagues persecuted me and wrote unfounded petition against me to the Education Commission accusing me of abandoning my teaching job and converting the school to a church. Sequel to the above, it was not unusual then to see supervisors in the school on daily basis. However, my detractors were put to shame when I was declared the overall Best Teacher in the school considering the quality and content of my teaching, writing of lesson notes, dressing, moral standard among other things. The persecutions were orchestrated in such a way that the moment I am victorious in one, another one will come up immediately.
But one thing that encouraged me was that in all the tribulations, the Lord gave me victory in line with what is said in the Bible that “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” (Psalm 34:19). Some churches accused me of operating with strange powers and charms just the way the Pharisees accused Jesus Christ of working with the power of Beelzebub. They carried the false allegations with the view to deterring their members from coming to me for prayers, but unknown to them, nothing can be done against the truth but for the truth. The more the rumours went round, the more people came to me for prayers: resulting that I prayed for people from Monday to Saturday while they attend their parent churches on Sunday.
At a point, the hatred-driven envy made a Canon in one of the Anglican Churches to make his members swear with the Bible that they would not come again to me for prayers or attend my prayers in the school. I was not disturbed as I was not in the game of contesting for members with any one and I did not intend to run down any church or man of God in order to have members. I always know that like the Bible said in Psalm 127:1, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watch man stays awake in vain.” Sincerely speaking, it was not my intention then to set up a church, but when I saw people being expelled from their parent churches for no other offence but that they came to me for prayers, I could not allow or watch them roam about like sheep without a shepherd hence through the power of God I started the church, Living Christ Mission in 1983 which was incorporated in 1985. It will interest you to note that when I moved out of Inland Girls' Secondary School, Onitsha, I bought two plots of land at Owelle-Ebo layout Inland Town Onitsha. layout, the present site of my church and we worshipped in the open air for seven months and in those months, rain never disrupted our fellowship.
Today, when I consider some of my achievements like 75,000 seating capacity temple in Onitsha, another 50,000 seating capacity temple at Nkwerre, Hezekiah University, Umudi, and other projects running into billions of naira, I give God the glory. At one time again, someone wrote a petition to the government of Anambra State to dispossess me of the land where my church is situated in Onitsha and turn it to a market place but they failed. As I was recovering from that, another malicious, baseless and unfounded petition was written to the then Military Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha stating among other things that:
a. I used over 2000 human heads to lay the foundation of my church temple in Onitsha.
b. That I litter human parts all over the church premises.
c. That I was secretly training an army with which to overthrow the government of late Gen. Sani Abacha. To convince the then president, they took photographs of some purported military men on uniform squatting around the sign post of my church. The petitioners among other things asked for the demolition of the Temple in Onitsha.
Upon receiving the petition, officers from Military Intelligence Unit, police
detectives and Directorate of State Service (DSS) were drafted to my church
from Abuja to conduct a discrete investigation on my church, unknown to me. I agreed to the demolition of the temple on the following conditions:
1. That the demolition shall be supervised by the United Nation and Africa Union.
2. If after the demolition and no human head is found, the petitioners shall face firing squad and the temple rebuilt.
After thorough investigations, the office of the Inspector General of Police
dismissed that allegations as being highly frivolous, unfounded, malicious and character assassinating in nature. Hence, Living Christ Mission was again vindicated.
My detractors used all forms of strategies to attack me. Sometime, abominable libels were written against me in the print media alleging that I am this or that or committed one offence or the other with the view to tarnishing my good reputation and image and making me and my church detestable to people. But the more they try to tarnish my image, the more God lifts me high and bring many children of God and people of substance in society to know me.
In the 2001, a junk newspaper carried a story in which they showed a picture of a dead person being publicly burnt by the then dreaded Bakassi Boys and below the picture was an inscription, “The end of the road for Prophet Daddy Hezekiah.” Their intention was to tell the world that I had been killed, but it was a figment of their wickedness.
When the devil lost all the battles, he came into my church as a wolf in sheep clothing and through some of his agents tried to frustrate my efforts and divide the church. Some were people I prayed for and established in life, for example a man whom I trusted and made my financial director duped me of over Two Hundred Million Naira (N200,000,000). His intent was to frustrate me but because my God lives, today, I am on a better financial standing to the glory of God.
The Lord's Triumph: Like King David in the Bible, today, I am a wonder to the world given that there is no way the devil and his agents have not tried me and persecuted me but the Lord in His infinite mercy and grace has continually given me victory each time. He gives me a reason to sing a new song of victory and trust the more in His name and power. Truly, King David is right when he quoted Psalm 124:1-8 “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, let Israel now say-if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us; then the flood would have swept us away, the torrent would have gone over us; then over us would have gone the raging waters. Blessed be the LORD, who has not given us as prey to their teeth! We have escaped as a bird from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped! Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” This buttresses that God, was King David's refuge and
strong tower as He is to me today.
Evidence of God's Blessings on Me: Irrespective of the petitions and malicious accusations that people leveled against me at different times, I have received several awards and honours within and outside Nigeria, alongside some significant achievements e.g., Member of the Order of the Federal Republic MFR, on 14th February, 2008, Noble Father of Nigeria Youths (NFNY) Ambassador for Peace (AMBP) and Justice of Peace (JP) by the United Nations Peace Polac, Lion of the Tribe of Igbo (Odum Ebo Igbo), Anapi Mangaji Allah (Prophet of the Most High God) by Northern Leaders, Christians and Muslims, the Chief Prophet of our time in Igbo land among other awards numbering over one thousand. When some ingrates and wicked people in the church were stealing my money, God continued to cause my cup to overflow. A very good example and testimony about this is the construction, completion and kickoff of Hezekiah University, Umudi, Imo State, the first and only private University in Imo State. I was able to execute the University project single handed without aid from government, organization or individual. Again, the spreading of my church all over the world irrespective of the accusations of people against me; the building of two great temples of my church at Onitsha and Nkwerre including the acquisition of land for more church buildings and expansion in several parts of the country. In addition, the Lord has blessed me with two spiritual children who are priceless Jewels-Princess Chukwunazaekpere Favour Hephzibah and Princess Onyinyeomachukwu Divine Precious Gift Samuel.
A Special Appeal to Religious Leaders: As I always say in my previous addresses, from the depth of my heart, I appeal to all of you not to use religion to divide Nigeria or cause confusion. Any religion that encourages shedding of innocent blood is false and not of God. A faithful religion will always encourage unity and love in its country. Let us preach and encourage freedom of worship and not imposing religion on any person rather, we should preach the TRUTH and allow God to work in people, according to HIS WILL. Let us not do anything that will cause WAR in our country or allow external influences to affect us. Rather, we should allow God whom we serve to control, direct and lead us. Let everyone of us pray very hard to ensure that Nigeria remains a secular state. By so doing, people are free to serve and worship their God or practice their religion anywhere without persecution, harassment, molestation or fear. Let us encourage religious TOLERANCE.
Advice to Politicians: May I use this opportunity to advice politicians, especially those in Nigeria. In conducting general elections, it is expedient that the fear of God should be imbibed by every politician and office aspirants irrespective of your religion. The election should not be seen as a do or die affair and as such, you should shun political thuggery because it is capable of tearing the country into shreds. Let us allow God to choose a leader for us and this cannot be gotten through ritual killings and assassination of political opponents.
Above all, let every politician check one's credibility before contesting for any position. Let me say it again, no matter what you do, do not shed innocent blood so that your conscience will be clear always. Remember that Ahab's and Jeroboam's families were wiped out from the face of the earth because of shedding innocent blood, apostasy, idol worship, evil practices, hatred of good advice, etc. I repeat, keep your hands clean, and do not spill innocent blood because of politics and things of the world. It is better to live your life as an innocent, decent, happy and common man than a great politician who is haunted by someone's blood. When things are going very smoothly and well for you, do not forget or forsake God because the world and the future are very unpredictable and you do not know tomorrow. If God blesses you with wealth, riches, children, etc., do not join secret or occultic societies, worship idols, shrines, practice 419, abominations, etc., only to come back to God when there is problem.
Advice to the Youths (Male and Female): In my capacity as the Noble Father of Nigerian Youths, I am duty bound to advise you. You should always bear in mind that as youths, you constitute the future hope and life-blood of our nation.
Therefore, any nation whose youths are corrupt and wayward has no future. Unfortunately, many of you in the world in general and Nigeria in particular, have taken to different types of violence and crimes such as armed robbery, assassination, killings, involving in mob action, taking shelter in secret cults, fraudulent practices popularly known in Nigeria as 419, rape, ritual killings, etc. Many of you are not interested in useful social ventures such as going to school to become educated or learning a life-supporting trade. Rather, you want immediate cash by all means. May I remind you that you have no other country and you are the ones to suffer in future if you succeed now in destroying the country. You should therefore, forsake your evil ways and go back to your Creator who will lead you aright. Let the following Bible passages guide your thoughts, utterances and actions. “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word.” (Psalm 119: 9) “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come, and the years draw nigh, when you will say, "I have no pleasure in them;” (Ecclesiastes 12:1).
Again, our youths should not allow themselves to be used as instruments of violent crimes, such as mobilizing them for a mob action. They should avoid the company of bad friends, who are capable of luring them into armed robbery, assassination, prostitution and other deviant acts or getting them initiated into secret cults, etc. “Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and reject not your mother's teaching; for they are a fair garland for your head, and pendants for your neck. My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us wantonly ambush the innocent; like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the Pit; we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with spoil; throw in your lot among us, we will all have one purse"-- my son, do not walk in the way with them, hold back your foot from their paths; for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood. For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird; but these men lie in wait for their own blood, they set an ambush for their own lives. Such are the ways of all who get gain by violence; it takes away the life of its possessors.” (Proverbs 1:8-19).
Advice to Teachers/ Lecturers: It is true that even from the colonial times teachers have been generally the most poorly paid sect in this country. May I quickly add that in recent times, the situation has changed for some categories of teachers in several states in Nigeria. It is a welcome development. I believe that God would one day cause the improvements to be experienced in other states, especially those of the South East. Nevertheless, both the well-paid and underpaid teachers at primary, secondary and tertiary levels seem to have joined the corruption culture which plagues our nation. The corruption infection has painted our educational institutions and system with an unfortunate brush. Some teachers contrive and execute all kinds of corrupt practices, like extortion from students; reckless imposition of books and handouts, denial of grades and unwarranted failing of female students. Indeed, sorting and other fraudulent
practices have replaced merit and due academic achievements.
May I advise all teachers to stay away from evil, because every evil has its price. Do not imitate the unscrupulous in your midst. They may flourish and appear to live better than you, but their end would be disastrous.
Advice to Road Users: In as much as we often appeal to governments to rebuild our devastated roads for us, it is also necessary that the drivers and transporters adhere to the tenets of road usage. Over-speeding and dangerous overtaking do not in any way help or make things better. Rather, they often result in fatal accidents in which many lives and property are painfully lost. I commend the efforts of the Federal Road Safety Commission, in helping to reduce the rate of accidents on Nigeria roads. I, therefore, call on Nigerians, not to travel at night except when it is very necessary. Vehicle owners should stop the idea of “let me manage this car, bus, etc. for one more trip before I repair it.” Drivers should make sure that their vehicles are in good condition, gauge the tyre pressure and oil, and check wheel balancing, etc., before putting them on the road. Above all, a driver should avoid taking alcohol before driving.
Advice to Health Personnel: It is imperative for every person in the health/clinical sector whether a doctor, nurse, midwife, laboratory attendant, etc., to see medical profession as a divine calling and as such should not be
turned into a must-moneymaking venture. As far as I am concerned, any medical doctor that refuses to attend to a dying patient on the grounds of not being able to deposit some money, is not worthy to practice medicine. Just like what happened in one of the hospitals, a medical doctor who incidentally, is also, a clergyman, refused to attend to an accident victim with two legs crushed by a luxury bus, just on the basis that none of the people that brought the patient to the hospital could identify him, therefore, it was not possible to deposit the sum of ten thousand naira. At the end, the man died. It is high time our laboratory attendants started giving objective laboratory results. When you do not have equipment or materials for a particular test, the best thing is to refer the patient to a better place rather than coming up with any how result. Remember that when one dies from injection or an administered drug based on the fake laboratory result you gave; you must answer for it on the last day. For the doctors/midwives who encourage and carry out unnecessary and illegal abortions, have it at the back of your mind that one of the Ten Commandments said "You shall not kill" (Ex 20:13).
Advice to the Rich and the Philanthropists: Wealth, which has no sorrows attached to it comes from God, Proverbs 10:23. Accordingly, let the rich acknowledge God and use their wealth according to the will of God. They should not use their wealth to oppress the poor, orphans, widow, etc. It is a blessing to give to the poor for God rewards the giver in diverse ways. Let the rich not love money, because it would steer them away from good conduct. 1 Timothy 6:17 -19 says “As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches but on God who richly furnishes us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good deeds, liberal and generous, thus laying up for themselves a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life which is life indeed.” To the philanthropists, I advise you not to despair. Continue in sincere humanitarian activities not as a matter of eye-service or any ill intent.
Advice to Traditional Rulers: Traditional rulers should strive and lead by example. By virtue of your positions as Ezes, Igwes, Obis, Chiefs, Obas, Emirs, etc, they are very well placed to influence their subjects positively or negatively. Of course, they can only influence them positively if they rule the people with the fear of God. For example, they should not be greedy or use their positions to exploit or cheat their communities by embezzling funds contributed by the people or given by the government for community based projects. You should use your position to ensure that peace, unity, harmony, justice, fairness and equity reign in your community. I appeal to our traditional rulers to please, use their position as community leaders to bring the people nearer to God who created us all. Please, do not prevent them from going to church by fixing traditional marriages, burials and other village meetings on Sundays. Do not persecute anyone because he/she is a Christian and does not belong to your own denomination. You should also correct some false, misleading and deceitful stories or information being spread by some people out of jealousy against real servants of God. While I advise traditional rulers to form an all-encompassing cabinet, see every citizen as their subject or son and daughter, the subjects should in turn unite in oneness of heart and give them full support and also bring up projects that aim at developing the community and enhancing the welfare of the people. The people should now positively compete with neighbouring communities in terms of infrastructural, economic, social and political development. Above all, there should be the fear of God in all they do.
In conclusion, I and other real children of God will continue to pray for you and your community. I pray that the Lord God Almighty, through His Son, Jesus Christ will protect and give you wisdom to rule His people with His fear according to His will in Jesus name, Amen.
A Passionate Appeal to the Federal Government and Other Political Leaders: By virtue of your position, you are required to act as a loving father to all by ensuring that the full constitutional rights of every citizen is guaranteed, irrespective of their race, tribe, language or creed. You should beware of sycophants and praise singers who use deceit to mislead those in authority for their selfish gains. As those in authority, you may not have enough time for yourself yet, you should strive and make out time for the things of God because He is your Creator. No being has ever succeeded without God. As a president or political leader, your work is not an easy one, but you should not panic as long as you put your trust in God, do His perfect will and worship Him in spirit and in truth, bearing in mind that with God, all things are possible. Also as a president or leader of your people, I appeal to you to use your good position to reconcile the various interest groups in your country. Your policies should aim at bringing relief to the masses or common people, that is the less privileged, the widows and orphans, the disabled, the low income earners and others who need help.
On Healthcare Delivery: Government should try as much as possible to equip in full general hospitals across the country such that, the poor and less privileged can afford it and get the required services at a cheaper rate. This is because most private hospitals that are well equipped resort to using exploitative measures to make health service unaffordable or impossible to the masses, especially the poor. I appeal to government to ensure that:
1. Drugs are made available and distributed to the AIDS/HIV positive patients.
2. Drugs are equally made available and distributed to patients with deadly diseases like leprosy, tuberculosis, etc. Government should also check the activities of fake/false laboratories in our country. Many people have been infested with AIDS/HIV virus because of buying so-called tested and AIDS free blood. Many diagnostic laboratories do not have relevant/correct equipment; as a result, they diagnose falsely and deceitfully thereby endangering people's lives through the administration of wrong drugs and incorrect treatment.
Therefore, let the Federal Government set up a body that would ensure that diagnostic laboratories have the correct equipment as well as qualified staff before being issued with a license. Also, government agencies should occasionally visit these laboratories, buy the so-called tested blood so as to ascertain its genuity before infusion, because some unscrupulous laboratory
attendants claim are incorrect.
On Education: The government should endeavor to make education at various levels affordable for all and sundry. It is obvious that education these days is for the rich, but it should not be so. I have already set an example by making my university the cheapest in Nigeria, coupled with freely offering a hundred thousand naira scholarship for every student that is being admitted. Hence, I humbly appeal to the government to try and subsidize school fees and enforce it across the nation to enable the poor acquire education. May I also appeal to the federal government to seriously consider the issue of Computer Based Examination by JAMB and the timing of the exam. In some cases, some of these students are attacked, molested or injured as they leave their homes very early in the morning to their exam centres. In some centres the computer sets malfunction and students are not given ample time. Another factor threatening the education sector is the prevalence of cultism in schools. Hence the federal government should put in place measures to curtail the activities of cultists in our schools.
Road Rehabilitation: I also plead with the government to look into the rehabilitation of road network in Nigeria. Though you are privileged to travel by air, do not forget your subjects whose lives are constantly exposed and wasted by accidents as a result of the bad roads that are as good as death traps. There is need that you look into the rehabilitations of roads in the country because, most times, various crimes and violent activities are being carried out at such places where the roads are badly damaged; especially crimes like kidnapping, armed robbery and invasion, assassination and car theft. Again such places usually lead to terrible car accidents and other harm that endanger human life. Indeed, it will afford me great joy if this issue of bad roads is given your immediate attention.
On Privatisation of Government Parastatals: The government should please not privatize such key establishments, companies such as National Electricity Power Authority (NEPA), Nigeria Nation Petroleum Co-operation (NNPC) and Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) because it will not be in the best interest of Nigeria. Already because of the privatization of NEPA many people are suffering due to constant power failure and also paying high electricity bills.
Let the Federal Government nationalize NEPA again. In addition to throwing many people out of jobs, it will shoot up the prices of the products and services of the companies beyond the reach of the common man. Therefore, privatization will surely increase the level of poverty and suffering among the Nigerian masses. Take for instance, electricity supply in Nigeria is nothing to write home about and people are not impressed whatsoever with their services, because it has been privatized and left in the hands of individuals, hence the poor electricity supply inherent in the country. One of the greatest handicaps facing our local industrialists, artisans, welders, technicians, tailors, barbers, dry cleaners, etc., is incessant power failure. Indeed, it is not only painful, but also embarrassing to note that Nigeria cannot boast of regular electricity supply for fifty-seven years (57) after independence, whereas, most of the smallest and poorest African countries are better off in this regard.
As such, government should leave these very sensitive sectors and refrain from privatizing them so as to ensure active due response and services, and to minimize exploitation. On the Ban and Seizure of Imported Goods: Let me plead with the Federal Government of Nigeria to please lift the ban on the importation of certain goods such as secondhand clothes; different types of foods like rice, meat, fish, apples amongst others. They should also check the seizure of some food items imported into the country. Since government has not been able to mechanize agriculture especially rice production, the little quantity produced by our local farmers is not enough to feed the ever-increasing population of our people. Therefore, the prices of these food items are so high that many Nigerians cannot afford to buy them. Besides, it is unrealistic to ask every Nigerian to go back to the farm. Hence government should please reconsider such policies. Because of the ban, many youths have been thrown out of jobs, thereby creating room for them to take to violence and crimes. I, once again, call upon the government to lift the ban on the importation of these goods, especially rice, to supplement the local production and alleviate the sufferings of our people. On the issue of seizure of goods, it is heart breaking to observe that, at times, goods, which are seized from one person, are illegally sold to another.
On Poverty Alleviation: May I appeal to government to do more in the areas of food production and security, mass transit, provision of shelter, constant electricity supply, education and creation of jobs for the teeming unemployed youths and other Nigerians in other to improve the people's standard of living.
There is no doubt that these things, if achieved, will go a long way in reducing the high rate of crimes in society, thereby ushering in an era of socio-political and economic stability in the country. In practical terms, government can revive the farm settlements and establish new ones throughout the country. Viable fish ponds should be established, at least, one in every Local Government Area in the federation. The abandoned economically useful ventures should be revived. These include the Nigeria Railways, the Oji River Electricity Power Plant, the groundnut pyramids for which Kano was famous in the past, tin and coal mining in Jos and Enugu respectively, cocoa production in the west. Poverty alleviation could also be tackled through bursary and scholarship awards to indigent students, encouragement of small scale industries through loans and grants to viable ones, establishment of crafts and technological centers where school leavers and other unemployed youths could go to learn and acquire different types of useful skills in such areas as building, mechanics, electrical and electronics, tailoring, fisheries, animal husbandry, computer science, etc.
On Fake and Adulterated Goods: On the other hand, the Federal Government should check the flooding of our markets with fake goods such as electronics and electrical goods for example batteries, motor parts, etc; some of which are not only useless but also dangerous. Some Nigerians, out of selfishness, greed and love of money, have flooded our country with all types of fake and useless goods. For example, some of the fire outbreaks in homes, markets and offices have been caused by inferior electrical appliances or materials used for building houses. Therefore, I appeal to government to device a means of checking the quality of goods being imported into the country in the overall interest of Nigerians.
On the Provision of Clean Water for our People: Many of the sicknesses suffered today by our people result from water-borne diseases. Therefore, I appeal to the government to provide good and clean water for our people living both in the rural and urban areas, through the sinking of boreholes, harnessing and purification of stream water, etc.
The Need to Set up Conflict Resolution Committees: In terms of interests, backgrounds, beliefs, objectives, points of view, etc., it is virtually impossible to have a homogeneous society. Hence, disagreements and misunderstandings resulting into conflicts are bound to arise from time to time among the people. For instance, intra-communal conflicts arising from land, chieftaincy and other matters are common among our people. There are also inter-communal conflicts resulting from land and matters. Academic institutions equally experience conflicts between the administration and the staff or students, the school and the host community, etc. Conflicts do occur among traders and other interest groups such as labour groups. Hence to enhance peace and foster unity among our people I suggest that conflict resolution committees should be set up to handle different forms of conflicts among communities at various levels. Membership of the committees should be sourced from retired top civil servants, clergymen and traditional rulers of good repute.
Using Dialogue in Resolving Conflicts: Personally I do not believe in settling disputes with war. This is because from our past experiences and what we know about war, the end of every war is the beginning of another war. The main victims or casualties of such wars are often the helpless masses, children and the poor that do not have any other means of escape. Hence I kick against resolving disputes through war. There is no doubt that dialogue is the best way of resolving human conflicts. In the first place, it excludes violence. Secondly, it only calls for the spirit of give and take. If both parties have the self-will and real desire for peace, there is no misunderstanding, conflict or quarrel that cannot be resolved through dialogue. Hence, I strongly recommend it as an effective and crises-free way of resolving conflicts. Above all, let us inculcate the spirit of live and let live and resolve any issue we have with peaceful and brotherly dialogue.
On Engineers/Contractors: The government should also set up a body to check the activities of civil engineers and contractors, who build and construct houses without regard to construction standards. The rate at which some buildings and some under construction are collapsing in Nigeria in recent years has become a serious source of concern to well-meaning Nigerians. Some greedy landlords use the money that will be used for a bungalow to build a fourstorey building. The government should act before more lives and properties are lost. Buildings erected during the colonial times up to now including many built in the 70s have not collapsed because they were well constructed with quality materials. In my opinion, recent buildings should be more durable given the level of professional training of the present generation of engineers and improved technological input in the building industry. But unfortunately, substandard materials are either consciously or unconsciously used in recent times. Rods are no longer complete in size and its tensile strength. Some rods are now more or less flexible units. Some cement products are sub-standard. In spite of these lapses, the cost is unbecoming; therefore, some builders manage with what they could afford so as to make their own profit. I advise the relevant engineering bodies in Nigeria to intensify their check the activities of builders and engineers. The federal government should do their best to put in place a better society by fighting corruption and ensuring that justice prevails over injustice, light over darkness, truth over lies and all good things overcome all bad and evil things. I know, as you do this, the wicked and evil men will oppose and fight against you either physically, by hired assassins or spiritually by charms, idols or other diabolic means. I will simply say, do not fear or worry, for I have proved beyond every reasonable doubt that God protects the righteous and the innocent. Your duty is to lead the people with the fear of God and I promise to always pray for you, so that God Almighty will give you the wisdom, good health and perfect protections, to enable you succeed as a leader in Jesus name, Amen.
Advice to Legal Luminaries: Let me begin by quoting for the Judges, Magistrates, etc., who believe God created them what God told Prophet Moses to tell them. “And I charged your judges at that time 'Hear the cases between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the alien that is with him. You shall not be partial in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike; you shall not be afraid of the face of man, for the judgment is God's; and the case that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it.' And I commanded you at that time all the things that you should do.” (Duet 1:16-18) “You shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in his suit. Keep far from a false charge, and do not slay the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked. And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the officials, and subverts the cause of those who are in the right.” (Exodus 23: 6-8) “You shall do no injustice in judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbour. You shall not go up and down as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand forth against the life of your neighbour: I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 19:15) “Cursed be he who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.” (Deut 27:19). Judges, magistrates, lawyers, the police, law enforcement agents, etc sometimes, have the power and authority to pervert justice (or handle cases very unjustly and unfairly), show partiality, (or take sides wrongly), imprison the innocent, set criminals free and even condemn the innocent to death. The aftermath and consequences will surely be great, for the highest and greatest reaction, “vengeance” comes from the only TRUE and Righteous JUDGE, the Ever Living Almighty God, who created everything and neither shows partiality nor takes bribes. Let us remember that King Ahab, with his wife Jezebel, used their positions and authority to kill Naboth and take his land, but God who is the greatest reacted and wiped out Ahab and his generation. Today, Ahab has no descendant. (1 Kings 2:11-29).
Therefore, I appeal to you judges, magistrates and all those handling the law to bear in mind that:
1. You are mere human beings created by God.
2. It is God who placed you in that position
3. You have no power or might at all to do what you like with your fellow human beings.
4. Be careful when handling cases so that you will only support the truth.
5. Support the innocent whether they are rich or poor. Do not support a criminal.
6. Do not take bribes but you should accept gifts given to you genuinely.
7. Bear in mind that what you wish people will come back to you.
8. Do everything with the fear and love of God. Do not join those lawyers and persons who make mockery of God, His word, servants and children in the courts. Some do not even like to hear the name of God or church in courts.
9. Some are very rude and arrogant to their fellow human beings.
10. Endeavour to deliver the right and correct judgment etc.
Special Advice to Journalists: Let me first begin by commending those journalists who do not misuse or abuse the relative freedom of the Press existing in our country. I mean those journalists who are known for their investigative, constructive and objective reports. May I appeal to others not to abuse or misuse such freedom by accepting money and publishing falsehood in order to cause confusion in a part of the country or to destroy the character and image of an innocent person. Rather, they should criticize constructively and objectively based on truth and verifiable facts. In other words, a good journalist should not be a slanderer, whose stock-in-trade is character assassination. They must know and remember that God has the final say and answer. For example, when the Journalists, (Scribes), Pharisees, Sadducees, Herodias, Hellenists, etc, could not find anything against Jesus Christ, they manufactured their own accusations. In fact, they were not at all interested in the good works done by Jesus, and did not publish them even for one day. Rather, they were coming to Him and following Him about in order to find faults and destroy Him. Remember that the following great reward awaits such journalists. “I tell you, on the Day of Judgment men will render account for every careless word they utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?” (Matthew 12:36-37, 23:33). Dishonesty, greed and envy are very deadly and dangerous and will never help anyone.
Special Message and Advice to the Poor, the Less Privileged and the Persecuted: Let me use this opportunity to encourage the downtrodden, the less privileged, the persecuted and the oppressed. I know that there are those who are being maltreated, oppressed and accused falsely. There are also those whose property including land, money, acquisitions are stolen or snatched from them. There are those whose oppressors, persecutors and enemies treated so badly and sorely. Some are taken to court to court or police stations because they have no help or means to defend themselves, while their oppressors are rich, well known in society and with strong connections. It becomes even more annoying and frustrating to see these evil men and women prospering, while the ones being oppressed are passing through one temptation to another. This type of experience makes people ask many questions about God and some even doubt if He really exists. Yet, the innocent suffer humiliation, while the wrong doers prosper and by this, the wrong doers feel that they are right and justified and that God does not see them. My beloved ones do not allow doubt to take your minds away from God so that your situation will not become worse. Do not commit suicide or lose hope for God is mindful of your position, plight and predicament. He will never allow you to be put to shame. Let me tell you this, God does not think the way we do. He acts when it is His will to do so. Even King David and others felt the same way as shown in Psalm 73. Now this is what the Bible says. “Truly God is good to the upright, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; my steps had well-nigh slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” (Psalm 73:1-3). Even King Solomon experienced the same thing hence, he said. “Then I saw the wicked buried: they used to go in and out of the holy place, and were praised in the city where they had done such things. This also is vanity. Because sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the sons of men is fully set to do evil. Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him: but it will not be well with the wicked, neither will he prolong his days like a shadow, because he does not fear before God.” (Eccl 8:10-13). You the oppressed be encouraged by the above passages. Do not forsake your God and do not join the wicked in doing evil. Truly, God is a good REWARDER. He knows what He is doing and will surely defend and fight for the innocent. He will act in due season, because indeed, GOD IS THE GOD OF JUSTICE.
Advice to Custom Officers or those Who Work at Wharfs and Boarders, etc.: may I use this opportunity to advice custom officers and those who work at wharfs and boarder areas to desist from deceit and greed in carrying out their duty. For instance, it is immoral and unfair to seize someone's goods only to resell them to another person. Atimes people are allowed to clear their goods at the wharfs and boarders, only for some custom officers to seize it from them again within the country or after a short or long distance away from the boarder. It is also wrong and provocative to seize foreign goods in the supermarkets, stores, markets, etc, which you have cleared and allowed to pass through the boarders and wharfs.
Advice to Law Enforcement Agents: while commending the law enforcement agents in the discharge of their duties, I wish to advise them to avoid taking bribes, verify matters or cases before making arrests/taking action, not to intimidate innocent civilians and you should be content with your wages. “Rob no one by violence or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.” (Luke 3:14) They should not allow themselves to be used by the wicked to perpetuate evil and suppress the innocent. I understand that your position is very risky and not easy but once you keep your hands clean, the Most High God will always grant you, divine protection and the grace to carry out your legitimate duties.
Advice to Traders and Businessmen: It is obviously beneficial to do business with the fear of God. When doing business, do not get involved in any type of dirty businesses like armed robbery, 419 that is Obtaining By False Pretence (OBT), professional assassination, drug trafficking, sale of expired drugs, imitation of products, etc. These things attract HEAVY CURSES AND DEATH. It is very unfortunate that many people, especially the youths risk their lives because of money. For example, some swallow some hard drugs like cocaine, opium, etc. in order to pass them out and resell. In some cases, the drugs burst in their stomach and some would die, while some would be saved through operation. Indeed, people love money more than their lives. “A wicked man earns deceptive wages, but one who sows righteousness gets a sure reward.” (Proverbs 11:18) “Better is a little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken; but the LORD upholds the righteous.” (Psalm 37:16-17) “An inheritance gotten hastily in the beginning will in the end not be blessed”. (Proverbs 20:21). However, it is quite disheartening that some engage in all kinds of wicked and devilish acts in the name of business and in their bid to make fast money. For instance, stories abound of some people who eliminate their business partners in order to acquire all the money. Certainly, these wicked practices can never enhance peace among our people. Rather, they will promote acrimony and vengeance. Hence, I advise our business men and women to always keep their hands clean. They should not plan evil against anyone because he who digs a pit will fall into it and a stone will come back to the person who starts it rolling (Proverbs 26:27). Let us prove to the world that money is not everything and should not be worshipped or bowed to. Hence let us learn to be content with the little or much God has given to us.
Advice to Landlords: Another group of people I want to advise are the landlords. In many parts of the world, landlords are usually regarded as privileged people, for being able to build their own houses and renting some out to tenants. Unfortunately, this privileged position is often abused by many landlords who treat their tenants with little or no respect at all. I am aware that there are laws designed to regulate the ownership and use of landed property such as houses. But many landlords flout such laws with ignominy in dealing with their tenants. The story was told of a certain landlord, who wanted to eject his tenants from his house by using thugs and a carpenter to remove parts of the roof of the building. This incident took place during the rainy season. Thereafter, it rained heavily and destroyed furniture and other property worth millions of naira belonging to the tenants. Some landlords increase the house rent almost quarterly while some use the services of thugs to eject their tenants forcefully, by beating them up and throwing their property into the streets. This should not be so, because it is only by the special grace of God that they are what they are.
Advice Relating to Land Disputes: It has been observed that one of the most frequent causes of communal clashes is land dispute. This problem is common because many neither know God nor fear Him. In other words, they do not know that land is sacred and that it is very dangerous to cross the ancient boundary (or land mark) let alone snatching another person's land. The Holy Bible says, “Do not remove an ancient land mark which your fathers have set or enter the fields of the fatherless; for their redeemer is strong, he will plead their cause against you.” (Proverbs 23: 10-11, 22:23) Please, I appeal to you in the name of God to ensure that you do not get yourself involved in unnecessary land dispute in your own interest.
The Holy Bible: The Holy Bible is a sacred, unique and distinct book. It reveals the mind of God and as well the constitution of God to Christians. Unfortunately, today, in some churches, Christians tend to replace this sacred book with technology such as laptops, phones, etc. let me state categorically that nothing can be compared with the Holy Bible, as it is one of our weapons to fight the devil. It is holy and special; therefore, I encourage all Christians not to replace their Bibles with technological devises. These technological devices contain corrupt pictures and distractions which one may bump into while reading the Bible in them. When we read the Bible, we have a sense of Bible study and feel the presence of God. It gives us confidence in the power and glory of God and it carries a unique glory which these technological devices such as handsets lack. Henceforth, I advise every true Christian to go to church with their Bible and not their handsets.
SALVATION, HOLINESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS, MY MAIN MISSION ON EARTH: One very important message I wish to share with the world today is what I stand for and my main mission on earth which are Salvation, Holiness and Righteousness. These are the three things that make up my teachings. If you must serve God, you must have Salvation, Holiness and Righteousness and these will help you to worship God in spirit and truth.
Secondly, in serving God, there are three important factors you cannot do without, which must be present in every living church, they are the WORD OF GOD, PRAISES (WORSHIP) AND PRAYERS. They are very important means by which we communicate with God in the Holy Spirit. “And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he bowed himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees.” (1 Kings 18:42-44). Following the above Bible passage, it is very important that one should close
one's eyes while praying/communicating with God. It is necessary that we close our eyes while praying to enable us concentrate because God is spirit and cannot be seen with naked eyes. It is obvious that if Prophet Elijah had not closed his eyes, he would have lacked concentration, and also would not have had the need of sending his servant to check the weather as he would have also been observing it.
Hence, I urge children of God all over the world to endeavor to close their eyes while praying, unless in some dangerous circumstances when it may be necessary to keep your eyes open. You should always allow the spirit of God to guide you so that you will pray in the Holy Spirit at all times. It baffles me when human beings open their eyes while praying whereas they are talking to God Almighty. God is spirit, therefore, when praying to Him endeavour to close your eyes. As you do this, it will help you to concentrate and I humbly pray that God will continue to bless you, and give you the power to be His child, obey and serve Him sincerely in spirit in Jesus name. Amen.
My Stand on Gay Marriages: I do not have any reservations in boldly and unconditionally condemning the shameful and abominable practice of gay marriages in the world today. God, who created man and woman, did not mince words when He described any aberrant relationship between a man and another man or a woman and another woman as abominable; “If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13). Then, “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination. And you shall not lie with any beast and defile yourself with it, neither shall any woman give herself to a beast to lie with it: it is perversion.” (Leviticus 18:22-23). Even beasts and microscopic creatures do not even practice same sex relationships. How then did man created in the image of God and fortified with conscience derail beyond the bestial level? Most unfortunately, the clergy and laity, who know God's law, are actively involved in this sordid business.
May I humbly appeal to all true children of God to pray very seriously for these human beings, especially Christians, Bishops, Religious Leaders, who are gays and those who support them, because they do not know or understand what they are doing. The Holy Bible foresaw this development when it says, “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the likeness of God.” (2nd Corinthians 4: 3-4). “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, for this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations
with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a base mind and to improper conduct. They were filled with all manner of wickedness, evil, covetousness, malice. Full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malignity, they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's decree that those who do such things deserve to die, they not only do them but approve those who practice them.” (Roman 1:18-32). I wonder the degree of apostasy which could lead a Christian bishop or in fact, any Christian into homosexuality. It is sad and unbelievable that the developed countries are championing the course of the gays. The worst of it all is that they are even subtly campaigning for its global approval. Worthy of note is their recent criticisms of Uganda's stand against gays. Why must homosexuality be protected under Human Rights Clauses? What is human in it? Furthermore, their supporters are busy invoking legal arguments to back up their “rights” to adoption of babies. This is a tragedy. Their supporters want to be given full protection against any form of discrimination by normal human beings. I strongly recommend that gays should not be allowed to adopt any child born of a woman according to the will of God. They would destroy such children because they are bankrupt of all forms of humanity necessary for raising up children.
Finally, I advise bishops and other priests who approve of gay marriages to resign their offices and establish gay churches for their likes. They should cease to preside at the altars dedicated to God.
Advice to Atheists: Atheists should stop insisting on persuading some nations, especially the United States of America to drop the word “God” in their National Anthems and Pledges. Let the atheists know that it is very wrong and unconstitutional to please the minority at the expense of the majority. If the word, “God” is dropped, even though they may be pleased, billions of people and creatures would be displeased and disappointed. Let them know that the founding fathers of the U.S.A. believed very strongly in God so do many Americans. Therefore, I suggest to them to establish their own schools, hospitals, organization, as the case may be, so that they will be free from mentioning the name “God” instead of depriving the church and the entire populace who love God the opportunity to hear and mention the name of “GOD”. However, our God is self-sufficient so if any man genuinely and truthfully worships and serves God, who does it favour, God or man? Let me answer this question by quoting what great and wealthy men like Prophet Moses, King Solomon and Job said in the Holiest Book. “If you are wise, you are wise for yourself: if you scoff, you alone will bear it.” (Proverbs 9: 12) “My son do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments: for length of days and years of life and abundant welfare will they give you. Let not loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; and them about your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favour and good repute in the sight of God and man” (Proverb 3: 1 -4). Read also Proverbs 3: 21-28, Proverbs 8:32-36, Job 22: 2 -3, Job 35: 1-8, Deuteronomy 28: 1-2, Deuteronomy 28: 15-16, 44-46, Deuteronomy 30: 11-20.
Special Advice, Appeal and Encouragement to Nigerian Artists (Actors/Actresses): My encouragement and commendations also go to our actors and actresses, who use drama to promote what is good and condemn what is evil. For instance, in some of their drama pieces, our actors and actresses have skillfully proved that justice must always prevail over injustice, light over darkness, good over bad, etc., in such plays as “Sinners are Great Losers”, “Sister's Enemy”, etc. You have succeeded in demonstrating that God is greater than Satan, and that diabolic men, no matter how wealthy or influential they may be, will always end up in destruction. Some of your productions also demonstrate the teaching of the Holy Bible that “The love of money is the root of all evil”. You have shown how dangerous it is trying to succeed in this life through criminal means. Again, you have also shown that it pays to be upright, hardworking and honest as well as being content with what one has. Since the impact which home videos have on our children is so great, I therefore, appeal to actors and actresses to be mindful of the themes they act, the things they say or do, and the way they dress on stage or while acting. Remember that immoral films usually send wrong signals to our youths, who more often than not, begin to copy the characters they see on the screens by behaving, dressing, speaking and walking like them.
Encouragement and Advice to Our Sports Men and Women: I would like to thank and encourage our sports men and women who have excelled in different aspects of international sporting activities. It is not an exaggeration if one says that nothing unites Nigerians like sports, especially football. Therefore, it means that our sports men and women are obvious instruments of national unity, who need to be appreciated and encouraged. Hence, I thank them immensely for their great achievements in the past and wish them greater successes in future international engagements in Jesus name, Amen. However, I wish to advise the Olympics and other sports governing bodies to be vigilant and checkmate the corrupt activities of some sports officials. More so they should look into the area of sporting outfits especially for the women who appear almost naked in the name of sports. For example, the women's outfit in volley ball is an EYE SORE and therefore, should be banned or changed. They should make arrangements for uniforms that will not make them appear naked in other to allow people feel free to watch them. In football, the referees should be mindful of the penalties they award especially in crucial matches as such penalties tend to mar good matches. Again, they should curb the way players especially the GOAL KEEPERS are pushed during corner kicks/set pieces and also avoid the misuse of red and yellow cards.
A Passionate Appeal to All Nigerians: From the depth of my heart, I hereby passionately appeal to all Nigerians to see Nigeria as our own and only country by developing patriotic attitudes towards it. There is a saying that you lie on your bed the way you make it. So it is with our country. Nigeria can be neither better nor worse than what we make it. By the grace of God, we have all it takes in terms of human and natural resources to transform our country into one of the greatest nations in the world. But the problem with many Nigerians, great and small, old and young, is that they pay lip service to their commitment towards the uplift, development, progress, peace and unity of our dear country. For instance, one perceives bribery and corruption as the problem we have in Nigeria. These social ills are comparable to destructive termites, which eat up the land on which the development and progress of our country rest. In other words, all the money being provided by the Federal, State and Local Governments for the socio economic development of our country is like water being poured into a basket as long as those who manage such monies are corrupt. Ironically, whereas everyone condemns bribery and corruption every time, Nigeria is still rated among the most corrupt country in the world. This implies that, most Nigerians pay lip service to bribery and corruption. In other words self-disciplined persons correct and control themselves, especially when they find themselves in a position to disburse large sums of public funds etc. They do not take undue advantage of their official position to embezzle public funds in the name of "national cake." Rather, they are happy and content with what they have honestly earned. A self-disciplined person does not kill anyone including their opponent(s) in order to win an election or secure a political appointment; neither does a self-disciplined businessman sell expired drugs, carry out ritual killing, kill his business partner, cheat or tell lies in order to make "blood" money.
On the Foreign Scene; May I appeal to world leaders, Americans and all men of goodwill across the world and America in particular to give Mr. Donald Trump desired support to enable him succeed. When the immediate past president of the United States of America Mr. Barrack Obama won election, he was given support by world leaders and the people of America.
The constant destructive criticism of Trump's policies and programmes by the Press especially the CNN will distract him. Donald Trump is a human being and he needs encouragement and the good support of all men of goodwill to enable him implement his policies and programmes. We should always pray for him. On the Nation of Israel, it pains me so much because I do not know why the world cannot say the simplest truth about the nation of Israel and Jerusalem as their capital even after Christine Amanpour in CNN showed the round clay pot discovered by Archaeologists on which Cyrus the king about 3000 years ago wrote an edict commanding the Jews to go and rebuild Jerusalem, their capital. This is history that has been proved and cannot be denied. Therefore, may I call on the United Nations, EU and the Arab League to support the existence of Israel as a Jewish nation which has every right to exist. Also I appeal to the United Nations, EU and other world international bodies not to show partiality in giving aids and support to nations and people facing the challenges of natural disasters like flooding and droughts. Relief materials hardly gets to Christians, Jews, and some other religious refuges who are scattered in different parts of the world. Let them seriously encourage and support religious tolerance and freedom of worship everywhere that is, the Christians, Muslims, Hindus should be free to practice their religion anywhere in the world without fear of being persecuted. Though I pray for long lasting peace in the Middle East, I do not want such peace that will lead to the destruction of the nation of Israel. However, let me thank all men of goodwill and countries who show concern, express solidarity and love for the government of several countries including Israel whose existence in the world is being threatened, I believe that God Almighty will always protect them. Let me also draw the attention of the world, including the United Nations and the EU not to spend time debating on trivial issues like same sex marriages but to concentrate on things threatening the existence of man on earth such as global warming, hunger, diseases like Aids, Cancer, diabetes, hepatitis B and other natural disasters like flooding and drought. World bodies should pay attention on finding lasting solutions to those problems in place of manufacturing Nuclear weapons which serves no good use towards eliminating the dangers but only compound problems. I believe very strongly that if the huge sum of money (more than trillions of dollars) which is spent on the development of Nuclear weapons, Big bang etc. is spent on good research that will find adequate solution to the above mentioned diseases, global warming, disaster etc. it will be better for mankind. The United Nations should do something and very urgently too, to arrest the way some countries are developing Nuclear weapons because they constitute threats to global peace and security.
Only God Must be Trusted: You cannot understand the word of God if you are not wise and if you always stick to your own opinions whether they are right or wrong for the Bible says, “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” A fool says in his heart there is not God.” (Proverbs 18: 2, Psalm 53:1). Based on my experiences, I will simply say, “Only God must be trusted.” We should not put our trust in Lucifer the devil, mermaid agents of darkness, charms prepared by men, or even secret societies. Some of my wise sayings will prove what I have said. “A perfect and holy being like God, will always produce perfect and holy things. An unclean and devilish being like the devil will always produce unclean and devilish things. An imperfect and untrustworthy being like man will always produce imperfect and untrustworthy things.” From the above statements, only God must be trusted and only His protection is perfect and safe. If you trust God, He will give you holy and perfect things. If you trust the devil, charms, secret societies or agents of darkness you will receive devilish and unclean things and they will surely disappoint and fail you when you need them most. If you trust man who deteriorates, he will give you imperfect and deteriorating things for Thus says the LORD, "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his arm, whose heart turns away from the LORD. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD” (Jeremiah 17:5-7). Also in the book of Deuteronomy chapter 7, the LORD our God gives us power and authority to pull down and utterly destroy the altars of all manner of gods and idols. Therefore, I really pity those who go to these gods and idols for protection. “But thus shall you deal with them: you shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire.” (Deuteronomy 7:5).
Commendation/Appreciation: My appreciation and commendation first goes to the Almighty God, the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Alpha and Omega, my refuge and fortress, for His steadfast love, mercy, protection and provision. He fights all my battles, strengthens me and has never allowed me to suffer shame or allow my words to fall to the ground to prove that He truly sent me and anointed me for His service. He is truly a dependable God, worthy to be trusted. I also commend my two holy Princesses, Princess Chukwunazaekpere Favour Hephzibah Hezekiah and Princess Onyinyeomachukwu Precious Divine Gift Samuel Hezekiah, for their consistency, resourcefulness and dedication to God and care for children of God. I commend the committed members of Living Christ Mission, all genuine/ God's children all over the world; the Elders of my church, Government officials, Traditional rulers, my well-wishers, Organizing Committee for Daddy Hezekiah at 50, Board of Trustees, Management and Staff of Hezekiah University, Umudi, Body of Pastors of Living Christ Mission Inc. and all those who in one way or the other contributed to the success of today's glorious occasion. May the Almighty God bless you all in Jesus name, Amen.
What We Must Know and Always Bear in Mind and Remember: “The LORD is with you, while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” (2 Chron. 15:2), “Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death. The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” (Proverbs 10:2,22), “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.” (Proverbs 11:4), “A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved.” (Proverbs 12:3), “He who despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who respects the commandment will be rewarded.” (Proverbs 13:13), “Do they not err that devise evil? Those who devise good meet loyalty and faithfulness. In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.” (Proverbs 14:22,26), “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it. He who is greedy for unjust gain makes trouble for his household, but he who hates bribes will live.” (Proverbs 15:16,27), “If a man returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house.” (Proverbs 17:13), “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1), “He who digs a pit will fall into it, and a stone will come back upon him who starts it rolling.” (Proverbs 26:27), “He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck will suddenly be broken beyond healing.” (Proverbs 29:1), “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money; nor he who loves wealth, with gain: this also is vanity.” (Eccl. 5:10), “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Eccl. 12:13-14). Please my dear one, do not forsake God no matter the situation.
Conclusion/Commendation: With absolute humility and love, let me once more express my profound gratitude to God Almighty for making this day a reality and huge success. Honestly, I felt the presence of God in this epochmaking, special and great event, to God be the glory, Amen. Let me use this opportunity to also appreciate the dignitaries present who made out time to come and celebrate with me in my 50th birthday in the Lord (Golden Jubilee). His Excellency Prof. Yemi Osibanjo GCON, SAN, and his administrative crew, His Excellency Prof. Faustin Archange Touadera President, Central African Republic, His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President, Republic of Zambia His Excellency General Yakubu Gowon GCFR, His Excellency Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, His Excellency Dr. Ebele Jonathan GCFR, His Royal Majesty Adeyeye Ogunwusi, His Royal Majesty Alhaji (Dr.) Adamu Baba Yunusa MFR, His Royal Highness Eze (Dr.) Sir, M. O. Kanu (Ochiriuozua), His Royal Majesty Eze Ibe Nwosu, Muhammad Musa Bello, Prof. Jerry Gana, Former Minister of information. Dr. Chimaobi Odunze, Federal Commissioner, Representing Imo & Abia in Federal Civil Service, Abuja. Amb. Friday Micheal, High commissioners, senators, High chiefs and other very important personalities, The Princesses, Princess Chukwunazaekpere Favour and Onyinyeomachukwu Precious Gift Samuel. The National Golden Jubilee Planning Committee, under the Chairmanship of Prof. BOG Nwanolue, His Excellency Aloy Michel, Central Africa Republic Head of Mission to Nigeria, for the way you have encouraged and supported me during this celebration. May the Almighty God give you the wisdom, strength and good health to enable you to rule and take care of the people with love, His fear and according to His will, so that in the end, people will say good of you to the glory of God. I also wish to appreciate all children of God and all those who in one way or the other have contributed towards the success of this Golden Jubilee Celebration. Once again, in a special way, may I sincerely thank my hardworking friend Amb. Friday Michael for his great effort to ensure that this occasion is successful. Indeed, you handled it as your own personal occasion, may God bless and reward you exceedingly to His glory in Jesus name, Amen. I pray that God will bless you all and grant you journey mercies back to your different destinations in the holy name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all in Jesus' Name, Amen.
Yours in the service of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ