A group of traditional rulers from Rivers State, Nigeria, gave public testimony on Sunday 16th July 2017, insisting that the prayers of popular cleric T.B. Joshua were behind the peace currently being experienced by their once crime-ridden community.
A post published on Joshua’s official Facebook Page explained how a group of six community leaders from Omoku, an oil-rich area in Rivers State, had visited The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos in May 2017 to seek for “God’s intervention”.
Prior to their visit, the media had been replete with gruesome stories of serial kidnapping, ritual killing and cult activities that had plagued the area and scared off several foreign investors and local banks.
HRH Eze GE Ogidi told congregants that the community had previously invited several “prominent ministers of God in Nigeria” to organize crusades in the region and pray against the menace without any visible change.
According to him, upon their arrival The SCOAN, the group were warmly received, given some of Joshua’s famed ‘Morning Water’ and all received prayer during the church service on Sunday.
To their surprise, the cleric then gave the group N300,000 to assist in their return journey and assured them of Divine protection in their community.
Since that visit, Ogidi testified to a palpable change in his community. “We can now sleep with our eyes closed,” he told excited congregants. “The regular shooting, killing and stealing has disappeared. Our land has been delivered!”
Moved by the transformation witnessed in such a short space of time by Omoku, the traditional rulers were accompanied by five other elders representing various clans in Rivers State to seek for similar intervention in their own communities.
Members of the community were quick to corroborate the testimony on social media.
Fred Okiridu, an Omoku resident, wrote on Facebook, “I am a living witness. I was told that some of our chiefs visited The SCOAN for spiritual intervention for the evil that has taken over our community. I was surprised when things changed suddenly from worse to better, bad news to good news, sorrow to joy!”
APC Chieftan Franklin Obi, his wife and son were among those gruesomely murdered in Omoku. Pictures of his decapitated body sparked national outrage after being published online.