By Ephraim Oseji & Destiny Eseaga
Captain Okubodougha Selekinwei Johnny is the Shepherd of Jesus Band Gospel Outreach, aka Jesus Band International Outreach Inc. Worldwide, based in Warri, Delta State. The Messenger of God, as he prefers to be called, says God gave him a message that President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders across the country must organize a peace concert. According to him, the security challenge facing Nigeria and the world is a sign that all is not well, insisting that with the convocation of the peace concert, normalcy would be attained.
When did you start the ministry?
God established this ministry about three years ago for the purpose of divine assignment. And God said that he wants to use it to liberate the whole world. This ministry is not a church; it is an outreach for divine assignment. I worship at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Warri.
You claim you have a message for Nigeria, the US and the rest of the world. What is the message?
Yes! God has a message, a divine mandate for Nigeria, Cameroun, US and the rest of the world. That is Nigeria Peace Day, Cameroun Peace Day, United States Peace Day and World Peace Day Programme. The programme will hold in each of the countries concerned.
Looking at the security situation in the country- herdsmen/farmers clashes, kidnapping, organised crimes, etc, – what do you have to say?
People say what you have are herdsmen/farmers clashes, kidnapping, armed robberies, etc. The nomenclature does not matter; it is the activities the perpetrators are into that gave them these names. They are involved in these activities ignorantly. Something of course is prompting them to do it and God is about to address that, hence the Divine Peace Programme because God is the Prince of Peace, the Peace Maker, the Master of the Universe and the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
What gives you the assurance that this programme will address the problems bedevilling Nigeria?
I am not the one organizing; it is God’s mandate for Nigeria and Niger Delta region. What gives me the assurance is that God is not human that will lie (Numbers 23:19), whatever He says is what He will do. As a God’s Captain – The Messenger of the Most High God, I am sure of the peace mandate because God is not human that He will fail. Also Nigerian must be very happy to see that God has answered their prayers and heard their cries. Divine peace must be restored at the end of the divine peace programme. Every human effort has failed and God said this is the time (Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 8).
Do you have a specific message for the APC – led government in the face of the security challenges confronting the country?
God directed the Nigeria Peace Day mandate to President Muharnmadu Buhari to chair the Nigeria Peace Day Programme in Abuja. I know the President will be very happy to hear this God’s mandate that has to do with peace in the Niger Delta in particular and Nigeria as a whole. Also Nigerians will be very happy to hear that God has answered their prayers and cries.
After this peace concert for normalcy, what would be your next line of action?
God has come up with this mandate for Nigeria which includes the Itsekiri and Ijaw Liberation Day Programme, the Urhobo and the Ijaw Unity Programme, the Delta State Peace Programme, the Bayelsa Peace Day Programme, Niger Delta Peace Programme and the Nigeria Peace Day Programme; after this, God will decide the next line of action because God has the final say
Who is responsible for the organization of the concerts since you are just a messenger?
I am just the carrier of the divine message. God mandated the following persons to organise the programmes: The Nigeria Peace Day Programme is to be sponsored by the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari; the Niger Delta Peace Programme to be sponsored by Edo, Delta and Bayelsa State Governments and under the chairmanship of governor Seriake Henry Dickson; the Bayelsa Peace Day Programme to be sponsored by the Government of Bayelsa State; the Delta State Peace Day programme to be sponsored by Delta State Government under the chairmanship of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, the Urhobo and Ijaw Unity Programme to be sponsored by the government of Delta State and the chairman will be Prof. Benjamin Okumagba; the Itsekiri and Ijaw Liberation Day Programme to be sponsored by the government of Delta State under the chairmanship of the Olu of Warri, HRM, Ogiame Ikenwoli.
Nigeria is a secular nation. How do you expect the Federal Government to be involved?
Nigeria is a secular nation but is not owned by any human being but by God and he says the Federal Government should be involved because it is all about peace in the country. And I think we should obey the voice of the Lord.
What is your advice to Nigerians on this divine mandate?
I, the God’s Captain – The Messenger of the Most High God – appeal to Nigerians to pay attention to God’s mandate and for those concerned to send representatives to have an urgent meeting with the Messenger of the Most High God for the divine peace programmes to come to pass and also to collect a copy of the divine mandate.