By Amb. (Dr.) Oamien Roy Okhidievbie
I will attempt to recall here my personal experience at the peak of leaving the Nigeria 🇳🇬 Army.
I was a church boy growing up. My dad always ensured we went to church and pray as a family at home. In 1982, December 15th when I lost my mum, I got a dark spot growing daily within me. I joined the Army in 1990 in that state. Angry, vengeful, thick with hate. It expressed itself in my reactions whenever I am kitted and armed for work. I was destructive and amongst those sent out as a last resort or punitive action against perceived enemies of state.
My next challenge looking back to my military service in Nigeria 🇳🇬 was guilt. It was heavy and created a quests for alcohol and drugs. I was Airborne, Amphibious, bomb 💣 disposal and jungle warfare trained. I saw the rising ills of the National character in my daily observations and was ready to get out and join the bad side.
This whole time took like 8 years of no church️ meeting nor listening to preaching. I had an encounter again in that 8th year when I put on my black and white television and with my Marijuana mixed with powder in my hand I slept off. Woke up to see Rev Chris Oyakhilome on the screen. I listened to him that day I targeted his preaching times.
Long and short is my present wife, whom I was dating then as an OND student of kaduna state polytechnic came to the barracks and said I should join her to watch a program and it will stop my madness. I told her I have been on it and we watched that session together. That day I stopped smoking.
Long and short is that for over 20yrs I keep getting better and better. I give my tithes and I succumbed to the ministry instructions from the word of GOD.
I was entranced by the fact that I can be my own pastor. I went through scriptural references and other materials regularly I do research on the word and am comfortable with them.
I discovered that Islam has different faiths and Christianity too has diversity in beliefs. I decided to stay where I am and I give as much and more than I can to the propagation of the Gospel and I learnt through this to give to men too. I softened up in DESPERATION and hardened up in DETERMINATION.
I now give and receive in multiples, uplifting in Grace and peace. One thing was sure, those I could have pulled out I did and they continue to appreciate it. Those I couldn’t, I am sure there are those leading bandits now and some might be hit men in Mexico and Sudan.
I am greatful to GOD who has helped me not to digress into criminality which would have taken innocent lives
One of the core activities I am into now is to remove kids from the street. I currently have some in higher education and some others do part time work with me and are in open university whilst we have mountain top university, Ekiti state university and university of Ibadan. My kids used to say “daddy pay their school fees first before ours”. Today my family is comfortable in God’s bossom.
I resolved that I give to God and not man so I get blessed for what I give. I discovered that from 3,000Naira salary as a soldier, I sponsored myself in school and got married, started my own business before 40yrs because my wife used to say fool at 40 is a man that can not have his own business. I still give. I will still give. I can not go back to my thirst for blood and my excitement when I take a mans life. Something as bad as loosing emotions whilst pumping lead into people? I stand greatful and will forever be.
Thank you 🙏 JESUS and thank you 🙏
Amb. (Dr) OKHIDIEVBIE Oamien Roy is the Group CEO AUGUST EYE LTD a Security and HR-Outsourcing Services Company. He ia also Chairman ChrisHerm Ventures Limited. He is a Military Veteran and Chartered Mediator/Conciliator (ICMC).
He is the ️National Secretary ~ Retired Members Of NIGERIA Armed Forces (REMENAF) and National PRO Association Of Licensed Private Security Practitioners Of NIGERIA (ALPSPN)
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