By Yinka Olatona
The General Overseer of Christ Anointed Church Peculiar Ministry, Lagos, Prophet Jeremiah Hephzibah, in this interview, reveals how he was blind for two years for not complying with God’s call.
The Osun State-born prophet also narrates how some prominent pastors wanted him to join a cult.
There is a controversy over your roots. Let’s begin with where you actually came from.
Is there any man without roots? I was born into the family of Tunde Ogunjimi of Ilesa, Osun State. But I was born in Lagos. I left Lagos for Ibadan in 1980 to continue my primary education. I later went to Ilesha to complete my secondary school.
I also attended CYNDICO seminary in Ibadan. I am from a polygamous family but my father was the first man to marry more than one wife in the family and it was for a reason. His first wife gave birth to female children only, about six of them.
In his quest for a male child, a prophet in a community, called Olatunbosun village, told my father he will have to marry another woman before he could have a male child. Though the prophecy did not go well with my grandfather and father because they were Christians, they eventually succumbed.
The prophet told my father that he will meet my mother here in Lagos at Mushin market. My father came to Lagos from Ibadan searching for my mother and later met her. They got married without the knowledge of the first wife.
Several years later, my grandfather asked my mother to bring me to Ibadan. I was taken to my step mother’s house to greet her but I was told she poisoned me to the extent that I was unconscious for three days.
One of the family members insisted that I will not be buried until the arrival of Prophet Olatunbosun, the man who prophesied my birth. But I regained consciousness few minutes before the arrival of the prophet.
That is why majority of my family members respect the call of God on my life because they all testify to series of attack that I encountered as a teenager and how God miraculously delivered me.
In 1995, I came to Ibadan to start plank business; I was one of Briscoe Company suppliers. Then I lived a free life because I realised good money from the business.
Howdid you get into the ministry?
I went into ministry in year 2002. Before then, God told me He would use me for His work but I declined and God told me that I will be blind if I did not yield to His instructions.
Eventually I got blind and I had to call one of my step sisters to help me out and she did her best. All efforts to region my sight proved abortive until 2002 when God Himself asked me if I was ready to be His prophet and take the gospel to wherever He will send me and I replied I was ready to obey. He then restored my sight.
Around 1:30pm that day, my eyes opened after being blind for two years. The next day I started preaching the gospel; even though I didn’t know how to preach, I forced myself.
Since then I have strong belief and faith in God. I do not believe in impossibility; that is why I can speak authoritatively today because I have the backing of the Almighty God.
Did you undergo ministerial training anywhere before you started the church?
I started in my father’s church, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), in Ibadan as an evangelist and when God asked me to start my own ministry, I told the ministers of God and they gave me their blessing.
From there, I went for a nine- month special prayer. In 2003, I started Christ Anointed Church Peculiar International Ministry.
In 2006, I started coming to Lagos for revival.
You mentioned that Jesus does not care much about miracles but your church advertises miracles. How do you reconcile the two conflicting positions?
Jesus Christ said that signs shall follow those who believe in His name, that they shall cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead amongst others but the number one thing we preach here is the kingdom of God and all His righteousness. After sermon, the work healing, restoration and others will begin.
What brought about the name ‘Baba Peculiar’?
It was when people started witnessing what God is doing through me that they gave me that name. I am a young man but they gave me the name Baba Peculiar.
I do not regret coming into the ministry. I was only sad when I did not have anyone to assist me in the ministry; then I questioned God but I did not regret.
Have you come across shocking developments among ministers that saddened you?
Yes, I must be honest. There was a time some ministers of God asked me to join their occultist group. Many prominent ministers are involved; they even threatened to deal with me. I was ambushed several times but God delivered me from their hands.
Have you ever prayed for someone and the person did not receive healing?
I have experienced such several time because God is the only healer, He only uses me as His vessel for His children.