Evangelist Chukwuebuka Obi
Chukwuebuka. A. Obi remains one of Nigeria’s most superlative men of God with distinctive passion for spreading the gospel globally and winning many souls for God’s vineyard. In a recently held media parley with select journalists, the amiable preacher of the word talked vividly about himself, God’s work and other topical issues. MC PATO anchored the event which was organized by CMC founder Mr. Cornel Udofia. Below are the excerpts of Evangelist Obi’s interviews:
Q. What is the state of the nation based on the fact you see things from the spiritual realm of which an ordinary man cannot see and then what can you say about the 2023 general elections in Nigeria?
ANS: As for Nigeria, I will always encourage my congregation to pray fervently our country because right now, things are not the way they are supposed to be. There are many issues threatening the sovereignty of the country, so the state of the nation is honestly not the best. This is the first time the youths are coming out to fight for their rights, before you will see the youths storming beer parlours or playing football on the streets but this is the first time people are pushing to get their PVC. That shows that everybody is ready for change because nobody is enjoying the situation anymore, everybody is affected in one way or the other. People are not even safe in their homes and in the bush, you are not safe even in the church. Bad roads, no electricity, the economy is collapsing getting worst everyday so that is the situation right now. We are experiencing the hardest time in the history of this country, so my fatherly advice to everybody is that we should for the right candidate and not prayer alone as we pray we go out to vote. We should a radical change in Nigeria because this is the only country where you will see children jumping and shouting up NEPA just for two minutes’ light. In other African countries electricity is a normal thing, people are used to it but here people will be shouting and in the next few minutes’ darkness is back again. This is the only country you will see bad roads everywhere and for past years now our leaders, politicians have been promising us, l will do roads, l will fix roads but all to no avail.The worst of it today is that many of our youthful girls are into prostitution because there is no job. To come out from university, parents will suffer, parents will even sell their lands to train their children in the university and at the end there will be no job for them. That is why you see most of our students, graduates are Okada riders and that is terrible. A nation that doesn’t have plan for the youths is like a nation without a future. We are crying no job, everywhere, l can bet it with you that Nigerian youths are very intelligent people but they graduated and doesn’t have any work to do what do you want them to do? That’s why you see high rate of prostitution, high level of kidnapping and all manner of crimes. So, this coming election is an election which we all must go out to vote for change and l pray that God will do something different this time around; because if it continues like this it will finally get to a brick wall.So, this is my fatherly advice and if you watch my previous programmes, l always pray for Nigeria and l will always tell people for Nigeria.
Q. For the benefit of our readers out there, we want to know more about you and how this spiritual gift started?
A. Like l said earlier, l am Evangelist Chukwuebuka
Obi from Imo state, Nigeria. I was born into the family of Igwe Vincent Obi a royal family. My mum started giving birth after eleven years, she gives birth to female children and she was crying to God to give her a male child, she made a vow to God. Oh Lord, bless me with a male child and if you do it l will sacrifice him to serve you like the case of Hannah and Samuel. You know Samuel was initiated in the wom
bby the mum so that’s the same case with me, she said it was like a vision that she had two boys, l was named while in the womb. That we are going to serve the lord all the days of our lives, l and my twin brother and we were born in a sanctuary. I grew up God even at the age of 8 years, l have started seeing vision because if people come to me, l will tell them what will happen tomorrow and that tomorrow it will happen. In my village all of them know me, at that age l can see a pregnant woman and l will tell her that she is carrying a baby boy or girl in her womb. At the age of 12, there was a priest they brought to my village then, he loved me so much and cherished the gift of God in my life, the priest is late now. He was the one that told me to never have sex with any woman till l get married, he told me that l will be ministering to multitudes but l should make sure it’s not church and the third thing he told me is that Ebuka make sure you don’t marry wrongly. He said avoid this three things and God will use greatly and whatever you say shall come to pass, so then l was sacred and it was even affecting m, my relationships with sisters, if they want to come to me l will say no! no! In my school, people started coming to me for prayers, l joined charismatics then, anywhere the Rev. father is going for breaking of curses they will call me because l can detect something and they will bring it out, there is nowhere the Rev. Father goes for the family liberation without going with me so, it is a gift from the womb. I grew up with it, l never lived a life and said now l am a born again. Even when l came to Lagos and l was at St David’s Catholic Church miracle flows, the same thing happened at St. Michael, Obalende. I remembered the day one man came to our shop to buy something and he has a very bad wound, smelling one at that and l laid my hands on what l sold for him and the next day the wound dried off and that was the end of the wound he has carried for years. So, my life has been with God, l make sure l keep to the priest warnings, especially not have sex until l get married. This place is bigger than most of the churches in Nigeria but it is not a church and it remains a prayer ministry, people come here to pray, because that was how God want it and honestly God has been faithful.
Q. This place is a prayer ministry like you said earlier. How are you able to cope with its maintenance despite the challenges?
ANS:. Let me answer that question by saying that till today, like the Pentecostal Pastors, some of them will say Catholics worship Mary and stop praying to Mary, she is a human being like you. You pray to the Holy spirit to intervene for you, l listens to them but you see must of them speaking, you see big calmness in their hearts. In John chapter 2, Jesus was invited to an occasion and Mary was also invited and suddenly the wine finished and Mary went to Jesus and said my son, their wine is finished and Jesus said go woman my hour of miracle has not come. She left Jesus and went to the steward and passed the message and she said whatever he asks you to do, do it. Now, Jesus hour of miracle has not come, but Jesus did that miracle because the mother persevered and Jesus don’t have to get angry. So, Jesus broke his own agreement with heaven because his mother has asked him. If you read the book of Luke chapter 1, the angel appeared to her and hail Mary, the Lord is with you.The rosary that Catholics pray with is in the bible, the angel says hail Mary, the Lord is with you and Mary was surprised on what sort of salutation is this. The angel said you are going to conceive and have a son and Mary answered, how can they do that. I don’t know any man and the angel said don’t worry, the power of the Most High will over shadow you, and Mary said so be it according to your word. And the angel said even your sister Elizabeth that they thought cannot have a child is now six months pregnant. Elizabeth shouted how happy l am that my Lord has come to visit me, immediately l heard your voice, the baby in my womb started jumping up for joy. So, even the baby in her womb recognize the importance of Mary. Holy Mary is a blessing to all women and this is why it is written for this reason all generation call me blessed. So, if you are not calling her blessed that means you don’t know your bible.This Pastors are just misconstructing the whole thing, Mary is the mother of Jesus and Jesus Christ is our LordQ. Can you elaborate more on the ministry? ANS. Like l said earlier, it is not a church rather a praying ministry. People will come even in the night to look for me for prayers, some are helplessly sick. When l was living in Surulere, my Landlord will be asking me Ebuka why are people trooping in here to look for you? They will be threatening me but l thank God that today the ministry has come to stay. There is no plan to make it a church, l am not called to baptize rather called to be an ordinary servant of God, in missionary field, field of salvation, in a prophetic field, field of working in miracles and teaching salvation. Muslim brother comes here to pray and l am just a prophet of God.
Q. Your plans for the Nigerian Youths?
ANS: Well, if you come around here you will see what we have been doing. Honestly, since last year till date l have transformed about 800 prostitutes and by the special grace of God, we are helping them getting a job. Even some of them have kids. We have a foundation that caters for those issues, like now we are starting the project from Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Ebony, Abia, Delta, and Rivers State. We are starting with these seven states, then before we also move on to Lagos, Plateau, Kaduna and all over the federation. We want to have a psychiatric home in the whole Nigeria because some of the causes of this issue are frustration, so Ebuka’s psychiatric foundation is starting with Anambra project. We will build a psychiatric home and having a bus moving around all over Anambra State, the same thing to Imo, Rivers and other four states. So, we have a lot for the youths to make sure they are happy.
Q. What is your vision for this fasting programme?
ANS: God has been saying so many things to me which has been translated to books and whatever tells me l will do. The Lord told me that l am the voice of the people and you must speak. You know God can use a woman to help people, she may not be a Bishop, but she can be given a power of revelation. It is not easy to stand against men; it takes the power of God. There was a message of a boy called Emeka playing football in UK and they told a girl to accuse him and he was jailed, l saw the vision, l prayed for him and he was released.
Q. If you are chanced to meet our leaders what will you tell them?
ANS: The thing is for the 2023 election, Nigerians should pray very well so if l have a chance of meeting the leaders which l am meeting some of them, l used to tell them the simple truth but they are adamant people. In South Africa, leaders are much respected because of their integrity. I went to a mall in Johannesburg l saw people kissing the statues of Nelson Mandela. So, whatever you do is what you would be remembered for, l always tell them to do something and leave a legacy. The best way to be happy is to do something that when you leave office your name will be remembered positively; and I whatever do no evil will ever go without being punished. If you come to me, l pray for you but that doesn’t stop me from telling you the truth because you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.