Sunday Boboye, a traditional ruler, ‘Ogboni’ cult member and renouned herbalist has dumped his deities, renounced his 10 years of service to the gods and given his life to Christ.
Speaking with Saturday Sun, the 45-year-old herbalist based in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State, disclosed how he committed terrible sins with the dark powers the ancestral gods he served gave him.
On why he joined the occultic group, Ogboni, he said,
“I wanted powers to face the mighty and powerful people who have usurped my fathers’ land. To do this, I needed to accept one of the highest titles in the land and which was my family’s royal entitlement. It is the Ajagun (General at war) of Ode land.”
After his initiation, he had access to dreaded powers that not only made him very popular in Ondo State but also made many to fear and tremble before him.
“If I decreed that somebody would die tomorrow, that is what will happen. The person will die. If I tell somebody that he would not eat the next day, the person must be prepared because that is what would happen. And if I decreed that someone would not sleep in his house the following night. It also would also happen. I was doing all these using the dark powers bestowed on me by serving the devil.
While narrating the incident that led to his conversion to Christianity, Boboye said: “In January, an unusual Christian from The Lord’s Chosen church who had come to buy some pieces of land from me, challenged me on the gods I was serving.
“I had boasted to him that I had remained safe, taking over all our ancestral land from our enemies all these years because the gods of my fathers have been protecting me. But the man told me that the only most powerful, who can protect me surely is Jesus Christ. He further advised me to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior but I said that couldn’t happen because I couldn’t lose the tremendous powers I have. The man then told me that if I refused to accept Christ and serve the true living God, God would arrest me one day and bring me to Him. I told him to tell his God to bring me to Him if He likes. It wasn’t up to a month after that encounter; I got roped in a robbery case.”
On getting to the Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) of the police in Akure, he was arrested and thrown in jail instead.
“Whenever, I have a case with the police, I don’t spend more than five minutes before solving it because I’m very popular with the police in the state… the policemen feared me, because I could pronounce a curse on them and they would be dismissed, but that night things turned suddenly against me. The police threw me into the cell and the next morning, my driver was brought to me. I was asked if I knew him and I said he is my driver. The police then said that I was being arrested on the suspicion that I sent the boy to rob.”
“My driver denied robbing anybody but the policemen beat the hell out of the two of us and threw us into the cell again. The next morning I was taken to the court and from there I was sent back to prison. And that was when a long nightmare began for me. I was detained and refused bail for over five months but God Himself visited me in the prison.”
One of his mates in the prison, a deadly thug turned Christian convert, Dagas preached to him.
“A prison mate named Dagas, who was jailed for being a deadly thug but had become a Christian convert in prison, preached to me and I was touched. One day, I had a powerful dream after praying with Dagas. I saw my dad by my bed in prison. He asked me if all the ancestral gods I was serving have saved me. He gave me a Yoruba Bible and asked me to first read Psalm 119: 68 which reads: ‘Before I was afflicted, I had gone astray. When I woke up and told Daggas about the dream, he praised God and said that my being imprisoned was God’s design to save me. Dagas said that it wasn’t my father who appeared in my dream but God himself. The brother urged me to continue to pray to God to deliver me from the prison… Barely a week after, the same judge who had been refusing me bail, rejected several sureties and all that, miraculously granted me bail.”
Having surrendered to Christ at the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries, Boboye advised the other traditional rulers, saying:
“My advice to all the Obas and the chiefs is that they should accept Christ because He is the one that can solve their problems.
“Now that I have accepted Christ, I have peace of mind, I’m no longer afraid of anybody. In fact, before anything would happen to me, God would have revealed it to me in details in a vision. I have burnt all the shrines I built for these small gods and I have denounced them publicly,” he stated.