By Nwokoma Messiah
That Apostle Chibuzor Gift Chinyere of the Omega Power Ministries OPM a full-fledged church with headquarters in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital has done so much to uplift the spiritual and physical lives of most of the residents of the city, state and the country in general is no news. The news now is that what he has been doing has now led to international recognition not with the decision of the International Association of World Peace Advocates IAWPA during its 350th Session at the United Kingdom to nominate him as an Ambassador of Peace with international status and with global entities which was as a result of his altruistic efforts at demilitarizing the state and the Niger Delta region by calling out militants and cultists out of the creeks and forests and giving them various empowerment packages which has in turn led to over 500 ex militants and cultists to embrace the Jesus Christ as their lord and savior.
For those who may not be very conversant with what is happening in Rivers state and its environs, the state has over the years been besieged by the activities of cultists and militants. The activities of these groups of people have led to the death of thousands of people over the years and the displacement of residents from their places of abode. From Omoku town to Ahoada, to Rumuji, Eleme and so on, the activities of these people have become a serious source of worry for everybody.
The state government disturbed by their activities opted to grant them amnesty. As welcome as the initiative of the government was in granting them amnesty, there was a lacuna which their initiative couldn’t fill which was in the area of spiritual empowerment. This is one area which the man of God in Port Harcourt has come in to fill. The idea is that it does not just stop at granting them amnesty and giving them money. What Apostle Chibuzor has been doing is to empower the ex-militants with enough economic investments as well as giving them spiritual empowerment which transforms their minds not only to their benefit but to the benefit of the society.
Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere who early this year moved to his sprawling headquarters at Aluu close to the University of Port Harcourt, Choba, insists that his goal is to decongest hell and congest heaven. This he has done by using church offerings and tithes to convert so many armed robbers, kidnappers, killers etc. They surrendered their guns to the man who is popularly referred to as Daddy OPM church. He consequently handed them over to the police for demilitarization sensitisation. OPM has changed their mind set, got them baptized, provided accommodation and feeding to them, while they are learning different skills in OPM free multi-skill acquisition centre. While some were give scholarships to OPM BIBLE COLLEGE!
The likes of Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere is very difficult to come by this is why his nomination by the International Association of World Peace advocates is coming at the right time. The award which will be given to him by the association will enable the world see his efforts and also grant him access to visit the United Nations Organisation sessions that identifies with his efforts.
Recently, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Amnesty programme Brig. Gen Paul Boroh rtd visited the United Nations and attended the HIGH POWERED POLITICAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS SDGs. Boroh who is an eminent peace ambassador also, made Nigeria proud through his attendance and while the effects of his attending the conference is yet to sink in, it is most welcome that a man who has on his own without government inputs empowered youths in the Niger Delta region is to be recognized in such a manner.
As I conclude, it is imperative that I implore other men of God in the state and the country at large to emulate the wonderful and commendable efforts of the General Overseer of the Omega Power Ministries. Wealth that does not help to transform the indigents around us will definitely not be appreciated. There are various ways of assisting people around us to grow. The United Nations has the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs in place which seeks to alleviate the sufferings of the under privileged. The government is doing its best in this regard but what are the privileged ones within us doing to help out?
Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere has helped in so many aspects of the goals and his effort as regards goal twelve 12 which is responsible consumption and production through giving out over 150 plots of lands for agricultural purposes, has stood him out in the comity of men of God. This is what our society needs.
– Messiah wrote in from P/Harcourt