Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Pastor Luke Okpuruka’s Exclusive Part 2: “My Wife is the Secret of my young look @ 70” | Says “OBJ, not Abacha destroyed NITEL”


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The Lovely Couple, Papa Luke & Mama Lovina Okpuruka
In this Second Part of the exclusive encounter we had with Port Harcourt, Rivers State (Southern Nigeria) based Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Luke Chukwumaeze Okpuruka who turned 70 on Saturday April 16, 2016, the revered man of God told us the secret of his 39 years old relationship with his pretty wife, Lady Evangelist Lovina (Love?) Chile Okpuruka (Nee Ibe) and why her meals remain the secret of his young look at 70.
We equally told you in our earlier reports that Pastor Luke Okpuruka’s lovely daughters (Adaku, Kelechi & Chinasa) with their loving spouses gave Baba a brand new Ford Explorer Jeep as his birthday gift on Saturday April May 16, 2016.

Baba and Mama in a rare pose for Asabeafrika
Pastor
Okpuruka who runs a Widow’s ministry called Widow Family Care Ministry with his wife, Lady Evangelist (Mrs.) Lovina Chile Okpuruka  in Port Harcourt, started his life as a Biafran Soldier and later got a job at Government Coastal Agency (GCA) in Lagos after the war ended. He equally worked with Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL) among many other organizations until he retired in 2004 into God’s vineyard.
In the early hour of Saturday April 16, 2016 your Africa’s number 1 Celebrity Encounter blog, Asabeafrika paid a visit to Pastor Luke Okpuruka’s Port Harcourt GRA residence. It was few hours to his birthday celebration and his Port Harcourt GRA home was busy with activities.  The great man of God and helper of the widows shared the story of his life with Asabeafrika in a two hours no-hold barred encounter.  Enjoy the Part 2 of the encounter and hear what his wife of 39 years said about him in this interview. Enjoy!
Baba telling Asabeafrika affectionately, 'My Lovina is the Best Choice i took in life'
 Sir, what can you say is the biggest lesson life taught you @ 70?
That It is still the same God that is directing the affairs of my life. I have experienced ups and downs in health, in physique, financially and otherwise. But in all I have come to see the mercy of God playing out in my life and that of my family. The goodness of God playing out on my life and that of my family coupled with God’s compassion for me and everyone around me. It is still God.
Lady Evangelist Lovina Chile Okpuruka (Nee Ibe)
 Can you equally recall your most challenging moment in life?
My most challenging moment; to be candid, there have been challenges but the most challenging has been….has been…I cannot…(Tried thinking out one particular experience)
(Cuts in) At least there must be one that tested your faith?
The Bible said that ‘many are the challenges of the faithful but the Lord sees him through them all’. I have seen many challenges in life but God saw me through them all.

“I don’t think Abacha is the one who killed NITEL. It was Obasanjo and EL-Rufai who wanted to sell NITEL to a company that was just registered today-today in London, I cant remember the name of that company and I thank God, those of us that are Christians, we went into prayer and you people of the press helped us, published it and that exercise died down”

Papa & Mama Okpuruka glued in love and hapiness
My NITEL Experience, my worst moment…
But you must have one moment of your life that things seem rough and deadly?
I worked in NITEL and all Nigerians that are of age knows about NITEL, how NITEL crumbled. We were left with no pension and no compensation. So, when a man says ‘no money for food, no money to change dresses’ you know it is a very big challenge. If I were to take them bits by bits, I think that is the most challenging.
You mean the NITEL experience?
Yes, it was the most challenging moment of my life.
Pastor Luke Okpuruka to Asabeafrika...'If President Buhari can love the People of the South like he love his people in the north, then, Nigeria will be a Great Country'
How OBJ/El-Rufai killed NITEL
Do you agree with some analysts who said late General Sani  Abacha killed NITEL because of David Mark’s attachment to NITEL as minister of Communications during IBB era?
If anybody say that Abacha killed NITEL, I think I will disagree with that; if I am permitted to blame anybody, Obasanjo and El-Rufai are the people that got NITEL to what it is now. I don’t think Abacha is the one who killed NITEL. It was Obasanjo and EL-Rufai who wanted to sell NITEL to a company that was just registered today-today in London, I cant remember the name of that company and I thank God, those of us that are Christians, we went into prayer and you people of the press helped us, published it and that exercise died down. So, I don’t think it was Abacha, it was Obasanjo your brother and EL-Rufai his friend.
Pastor Luke Okpruka to Asabeafrika...'I have faced many challenges in life but God saw me through all'
Giving Widows a helping hand makes me happy…
Can you recall your happiest moment in life?
My happiest moments in life is each time I read my Bible and see what God says I should do and see that he has given me the stamina, the strength, the vigor, the vitality and the mentality to do it. Like the book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 12 verse 12 says “The whole duty of man which is the conclusion of the whole matter is to fear God and to obey His commandments”. So, each time I do anything that tends to showing reference to God and keeping his commandment, I feel very glad. Like my wife and I run a widow’s ministry, each time we make the widows feel happy, mine-o-mine, you see us smiling, you see us rejoicing. Why? We have touched lives of the people that are down trodden. 

“At least every morning I drink my Pepper Soup, either with Fresh fish or dry fish. Like this morning I have taken Agede, you people call it Eko (Pap Cake) it is prepared from Ogi. I have taken some wraps this morning with the Pepper Soup my wife prepared last night and I am happy”

Papa and Mama speaks to the GDA
Very interesting, why did you start a widow’s ministry?
It was God’s doing o, right from her early stage in life (Madam Lovena Chile Opuruka) she loves giving. She loves giving. Then as we went on in this Christian race, we found out that it is not just giving anyhow. There are people you give to; God will not hesitate to reward you back. So, we now went into getting widows together to help them out. Not giving them only food but drilling them through the word of God so that they will know that the Bible says “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that comes out from the mouth of God”. So, we teach them the word and we give them whatever is available that our money can buy.
Pastor Luke Chukwumaeze Okpruruka with his jewel of inestimable virtue, Lady Evangelist Lovina Chile Okpuruka
Can you give your 70th birthday advice to Nigerian’s political leaders; if you are to meet Mr. President, what would you tell him to do differently? What is your advice as an elder statesman, man of God and a father?
What President Buhari must do to make Nigeria one entity…
I will advice them, like I have children; I don’t show partial love to my children. I love all the same way. You understand me? So, if (President) Buhari can love people from the South the way he loves people from the North; I mean, Nigeria will be a better place. If he can consider that Christians have a right to live along with Muslims, I mean that will go a long way to help Nigeria to come together and enjoy better integration. Now, coming to politics, weather you are APC, PDP or Labor Party, whatever political party you are and you claim you want to lead people, if you kill all the people who are you going to lead? Who are you going to rule? So, the people should be allowed to live so that you can lead them; and there is one thing, leadership by example is the best leadership. Show good example while you are leading so that your followers will copy you.  If you show bad example and you have your bad followers, then when the other people that do not go the same way o your leadership and your bad followers criticize, you begin to witch hunt them. Let me summarize it all, at the end of the day, God is the creator of every man and whatever position He gave to you, you will give account of that position at the end of the day. How you used the position, did my people whom I created in my own image and similitude, did they benefit from your leadership? So, that will be your account with God. So, let them rule us with love and passion.
Pastor Luke Okpuruka to Asabeafrika...'As good leader, you must not kill people you want to lead'
Secret of my fitness @ 70 is…
At 70, how do you keep fit? Do you do any exercise that you will want people to know about because when I saw you today, you didn’t look 70 but looking 50 plus?
(Laughter) Right from when I retired, I was telling my colleagues that it is good I retired so that my wife will be giving me Pepper Soup. At least every morning I drink my Pepper Soup, either with Fresh fish or dry fish. Like this morning I have taken Agede, you people call it Eko (Pap Cake) it is prepared from Ogi. I have taken some wraps this morning with the Pepper Soup my wife prepared last night and I am happy. But if she gives me anything that will turn my stomach haywire, I might not be looking as good as this (Laughter)
Pastor Luke Chukwuma Okpuruka to Asabeafrika...'I am fulfilled @ 70 because i have a loving wife and obedient children'
Do you do exercise to keep fit?
Yes o, I do. I used to walk from my house here to the New Airport Road every morning. But when I got to this advanced age and there is something that came with it, the doctors call it Arthritis which came to weaken my bones; so, I had to mellow down. But I still do small exercises with the decent food my wife gives me. I can eat only once in a day but it has to be decent. Moreover, I make sure, when I am in top gear I go for my church activity. That keeps me happy. 

“Number two, I cannot go out, you will see him calling to find out where I am and even when he goes out, I will still call him, ‘where are you?’ until I  see him coming back. The love is so much and even as I am talking to you, we share the same identical initials”

Pastor Luke Okpuruka to Asabeafrika...'My Wife, Lovina is the pillar of my healthy life'
Do you have a role model?
Role Model, you mean human role model?
Yes, sir?
My role model is Jesus Christ because he is the author and finisher of my faith. He is my role model.
Papa and Mama Okpuruka in a rare pose with the GDA inside the Port Harcourt GRA Villa
My husband will live 100 years according to Isaiah 65
Lady Evangelist Lovina Okpuruka
Mummy, could you kindly say something about Daddy at 70? How do you feel today?
I am so glad because there were so many things the enemy tried to do but God came in and gave us victory. God gave us His Covenant that he must reached a hundred years, according to the book of Isaiah 65 verse 20 which says “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old”. And we all are praying that as God has said it, He will confirm it, glory be to God. That he has clocked 70 is to the glory of God.
Papa Luke Okpuruka in a stylish pose for Asabeafrika
Why I call my husband, Nkem
What did you find in him that makes him unique to you?
A lot of things I have learnt from him. I call him Nkem that is mine. That is number one, because there is something I saw in him that always make me happy, the happiness is there, each time I say “Nkem, are you there?” and God has been seeing us through. Number two, I cannot go out, you will see him calling to find out where I am and even when he goes out, I will still call him, ‘where are you?’ until I  see him coming back. The love is so much and even as I am talking to you, we share the same identical initials. On our wedding day, it was LC Weds LC, Lovina Chile weds Luke Chukwuma. That is where the whole thing started. I love him and he loves me. Our Love is through our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Pastor Luke Chukwuma Okpuruka to Asabeafrika...'Obasanjo & El-Rufai, not Abacha killed NITEL'
The Revered Man of God, Pastor Luke Okpuruka's 70th birthday Portrait by his children

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