A Reporter’s Diary: All You Need To Know About Dr Olukoya’s Visit to Abuja


Dr D.K. Olukoya was in Abuja throughout this week for the dedication/commissioning of four Regional Headquarters in Lugbe, Gwarimpa, Sunnyville Estate and Kubwa.
He got to Abuja on the morning of Tuesday, 10th of October 2017. Lugbe was the first place he visited.

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On Wednesday, 11th of October, 2017, he was at Gwarimpa. Trust me, as much as I went with expectation and faith to this programme, I didn’t forget to carry my Reporter’s nose along.

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I had left work around 12pm in order to make it on time to the programme starting at 4pm. However, with a few stops here and there through Asokoro and Karu, I didn’t get to the venue until almost 4pm.

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One nice brother came from Gwarimpa to pick me from home and he said the new church auditorium was already filled to the brim.

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It was reported that people started trooping into the auditorium as early as 6.30am. Most parents didn’t allow their kids go to school that day. They all went early to take position. Two colleagues in the office didn’t bother to come to work at all that day too. They went straight for the programme which was only billed to start in the evening. I am sure a lot of abuja people didn’t go to work that day as well..

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After being connected some Wednesdays to the popular Water Manna Programme and the 1st Saturday of the month’s Power Must Change Hands Programme, Abuja people were in high spirit and very determined to see the GO live this time.

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As we drove into the massive venue of the Mfm Tentmakers Regional HQ at First Avenue, Gwarimpa that Tuesday evening, there was no doubt in my mind that the people came fully prepared. Exotic cars were parked on both sides of the road. You could not drive inside the church premises again but go to the end of the parking lot on the street of Gwarimpa.

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There was a big tent outside with a projector that had people’s attention. I quickly found a seat towards the back. Everywhere was filled up. The Guitar Choir of the MFM Lagos HQ that we had seen on the screen while being connected to the monthly PMCH programme were the ones ministering when I entered. That unique Acapella group of four handsome men also performed next. I was enthralled. So, GO actually travelled with all of them.

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Finally, the GO himself, mounted the pulpit at about 4.55pm. He wore a white suit on a very nice pink shirt. He looked as good as we had been seeing him on screen from Lagos. Well, even though he was in abuja and inside my RHQ, I was still seeing him on screen outside under the tent….yet again. Then I began to envy those who were seated inside until I remembered that envy was not a fruit of the spirit.

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He spoke on the topic “Connecting to the God of Wonders”(RM 11:33, Ex 15:11). He said and I quote ” Your problems are not your problem. But they are due to your ignorance of the secrets of God, of the limitess abilities of God. The major reason for most of our sufferings is that our god is much more smaller than the God of the Bible.”

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There were intense prayers and altar calls at the end of the message. Several people trooped out to give their life. Later, it was announced that the Vice President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo was in the midst. I saw his cool face on the screen.

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Imagine, I was sitting outside and didnt know when he came inside. He walked in without airs. Without the usual paraphernalia and excesses that people of his calibre are known with.

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I digress, on two occasions, I had been held under the bridge around airport road, Lugbe, when the wife of the former president wanted to pass. Note that she had not yet passed. But heavily armed soldiers with armoured tankers were on the road stopping people from using the overhead bridge or cars from moving until she passed. We all stood by the roadside anticipating. She didn’t pass until probably 30mins later. That was when we could go our way.

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The second time was at Area 1. There was mad traffic. All cars were on standstill because she was about to pass as well.
So, I kind of got used to such life. Reason why it surprised me greatly that the VP came in without a siren alerting/announcing his presence, without heavily armed soldiers trying to shove people out of the way. And when he left, I didn’t know. I saw him walk out with his aides through the screen but you would never know which car was his among the number of jeeps that passed by my tent.

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After the prayers and word of knowledge, the choir took over again in what I would call an intense praise session and that was where the curtain was finally drawn.
The skies showed signs that a heavy rain was looming. Of course, it rains in abuja every blessed evening. However, the sky didn’t open for the downpour. The air was just cold and chilly. There were uniformed men of the FRSC, Police and Civil Defence on ground to direct traffic so the hold-up wasnt too terrible. We still spent about 10-15mins on 1st Avenue before we were able to get out. Gwarimpa is beautiful at night. The roads are not just well tarred but there are street lights, beautiful parks and gardens, suya joints, breathtaking malls there. Gwarimpa is captivating.

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The next day, 12th October 2017, the GO was at Sunnyville Estate.

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On the 13th October 2017, it was the turn of the North Central Region 5 RHQ, KUBWA. There was a Ministers Fire Conference in the morning before the evening programme.
I had taken permission from work to be absent. But when I put a call through on that morning to ascertain where the programme would hold I discovered that most people had sketchy informations about it. The second person I called said it wasn’t meant for everyone. So, I went back to bed. As I snuggled deeper under the duvet(its a blanket sha), a call came in. I hesitated(my eyes were now heavy). Then picked when I saw who it was. It was my mentor from Lagos.

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“Where are you? Aren’t you going to the programme?”
“C’mon get up and go. If you have trouble at the entrance, call me”. He said
Reluctantly, I stood up. The time was almost 9am. The programme started since 7am. I scrambled out of home and took a bike out of the area. It wasn’t until I was climbing the bridge that I realised I had left my wristwatch behind.

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I sleepwalked to Gwarimpa junction and my eyes didn’t properly open until one Okpa seller asked me how many I wanted. I had been walking towards her direction with heavy lids while looking for a keke that would convey me to Evelyn Event Centre opposite Drumsticks.

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The only place I know in Gwarimpa is Dominos and its on another end. Many people who are familiar with this blog would understand why I know Dominos. I didn’t know Drumsticks. But the keke dropped me right there and I trekked the few distance to the event centre.

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As expected, the hall was fully jammed too. There were tents outside. I could only hear the GO’s voice through the speaker. It turned out to be the best programme I ever went. The GO started speaking few minutes after I arrived. I was in luck. He talked on Ministerial and Environmental Deliverance. I wrote up to 7 pages of sermon. There were prayers. And while my eyes were still closed, the GO had passed without noise. It was the backview of his aides/escorts that I saw. That was the end of the programme. I carried my bag and left.

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I was at the evening programme in Kubwa. I noticed that people were turning back but I didn’t understand. I saw some familiar faces at the gate. I later learnt that everywhere was overfilled. There was no space, no tent as well. As big as the north central region is, the biggest of all the RHQ I have seen, only ranking with Utako District Main HQ, it still could not contain the influx of people. I brought out my reporter’s instrument and decided to take pictures for the very first time.

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The Kubwa region is very big and beautiful. I had been there in September but I wasn’t prepared for the transformation I was seeing. It felt as if I was in a new place. It has a deliverance hall, an engineering dept, a bookshop, children’s dept, food canteen, and other halls I could not reach.

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I had to turn back too. But I was very happy and fulfilled. It rained heavily by the time I got back home. The people of Abuja would never forget this week in a hurry. I would never forget it too.

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I had to make this yummy banana+ginger+yoghurt+nutmeg powder smoothie when I got home.

 

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Comments

October 23, 2017 at 7:57 am

Aww. I am so jealous but Yetunde has said envy is not a fruit of the spirit .lol.
Waoh! I wish I temporarily lived in Abuja just because of this programme. You are so lucky especially since you guys got G.O for four whole days.
My former pastor heads Lugbe so I would have loved the opportunity to see him again. And I used to attend Sunnyvale branch. They must have completed the new building. What we had then was wood and brick.



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