Three survivors of the Nyanya bomb blast that killed over 70 people in Nigeria’s capital Abuja last week and left hundreds more injured recounted their stories in T.B. Joshua’s church this weekend, attributing their survival to Divine providence.
Candidus Ebge from Benue State said that he was in a public vehicle about to approach the popular bus depot when the explosion occurred. “The next thing I could see was our car in the air, far above human height,” Egbe testified in The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos. “The car then landed back on the ground with force,” he continued. “I don’t know how but I found myself outside the vehicle on the other side of the road. I never struggled to come out.” According to Candidus, the person sitting beside him in the vehicle was among the casualties. Remarkably, he didn’t sustain any injury.
“If not for God, they would have announced my obituary on Monday,” he soberly declared, displaying pictures he had taken of corpses strewn by the road where he miraculously found himself standing. Egbe attributed his survival to the fact that he had ministered ‘Anointing Water’ from T.B. Joshua that morning and had an ‘Anointing Sticker’ in his pocket at the time of the deadly incident.
Pastor Damfa Adams from Plateau State was in the Nyanya bus depot about to purchase a ticket when the bomb exploded. “Suddenly, I heard a blast; I saw fire,” he vividly recounted to the congregation. “Some close to me fell to the ground; some died instantly. It was like a force protected me.” That morning, the pastor from Righteousness Covenant Church explained, he had ministered ‘Anointing Water’ from The SCOAN and prayed for Divine protection and preservation.
“The scene of the blast was just 10 meters from where I was standing,” he added. “My ears were deafened. After leaving the scene, I brought out the Anointing Water, ministered it in my ears and my sense of hearing was restored instantly.” The only scar visible was a scratch above his left eye caused by a glass splinter that flew out from the inferno. If the glass had hit him an inch lower, he added, it would almost certainly have left him blind.
Evangelist Maria Ajekukor from Abuja narrated that she left home that Monday morning without her Anointing Sticker from The SCOAN and, upon realising, quickly returned back to pick it up. “It increases your faith that God is with you, protecting you throughout your journey,” she explained in a testimony aired live via the church’s television station Emmanuel TV. Her destination was Nyanya bus depot from where she planned to change vehicles and visit GT Bank in Maraba. A vehicle pulled up but Maria did not have the exact change to purchase a ticket and was neglected by the conductor. “I only had N500 and N1000 notes. They angrily left me as they expected me to have the right amount of money.” Little did Evangelist Maria know that the conductor refusing her entry to that bus was actually supernaturally engineered to save her life.
Boarding a vehicle that came shortly afterwards, as they were approaching Nyanya, the sound of the explosion shattered the silence. “It was not just once. The first one went before we heard another two loud bangs.” In the ensuing chaos with the passengers abandoning the vehicle, Maria sought to get closer the scene of the explosion. A shocking sight lay before her. “It was then I saw the very first bus who asked me if I had the correct change. I saw bodies all over the floor. I saw legs on one side, arms on another side – different parts of the body scattered. It was like a nightmare,” she vividly described. That particular bus was at the very spot where the explosion occurred. All on board died. “Because of this Anointing Sticker, that is why I am alive today,” she tearfully concluded. “God is merciful.”
Controversial Pastor T.B. Joshua claimed to have predicted the blast in Abuja back in November where he warned of an explosion and called on people in the nation’s capital to be vigilant and prayerful. The YouTube video of the said prediction has been viewed almost 200,000 times.
Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist currently in Lagos, Nigeria.