•Primate AYODELE Speaks On His New Book
The founder and leader of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Ayodele Elijah has just released his new book, a compendium of 10,000 fulfilled prophecies. The book which captures some of Primate’s most outstanding prophecies since 1994 has been selling like hot cake. Demands have been coming in from far and wide for the book and from the look of things, there might be a need to do a reprint of the Compendium. He spoke to City People’s Senior Editor WALE LAWAL (08037209290) on how he got the inspiration for the book.
Let me start by congratulating you, sir, on the release of your book, a compendium of over 10,000 fulfilled prophecies. Many have been impressed with the package. How do you feel, to finally hit that milestone of over 10,000 prophecies?
Let me first thank almighty God, almighty Jehovah who has given us the strength, the knowledge and the idea to do all of these, may His name exalted forever. Before saying anything, I will like to give accolades to the likes of the late Ositelu, people like Prophet Samuel Adewole of the Celestial Opopo-Igbala, late Parapsychologist Professor Okunzua, these are the people I met on the scene in terms of prophecies. Then, I will not forget the living legend, Prophet Oluwaseun Theophilus Olabayo, Yahweh Evangelical Church. These are people who have done their own beat, it is now left for us to do ours. This project was not an easy one. It took a lot of hard work. We have broken a world record. We actually have about 200,000 fulfilled prophecies counting from 1994 to date. We are not blowing our own trumpet, we are just showcasing the presence of God in our lives. We are just appreciating the gift of God. When you appreciate God, He will also appreciate you. This book also serves to remind us that there are prophets because people are thinking there are no longer prophets. See, you don’t read prophecy like you’re reading the newspaper or poetic book. Okay, let me tell you this, in 2003, the New Nigerian newspaper said it that a certain sickness will come that will cause a state of emergency, time and when I don’t know. The name of the reporter was Raymond. He is from Ikale, I don’t know how to pronounce his surname. I’m sure Raymond is still alive, he can testify to this. We said then that sickness is coming that will shut the world down and there will be a state of emergency. We now saw it again and published in our book last year that disease is coming from China and it has come to pass. What I am saying is putting this thing together is to glorify the living God who has given us the strength, the power and the gift.
And how has the journey been so far since you started?
The journey was not smooth at all. That’s why I am angry over this CAMA issue. When I was suffering, where were they? When I was fasting, when I could not eat, when I couldn’t break my fast by 6 0’clock until the following day because I didn’t have money, where were they? The journey has been full of ups and downs. I learnt a lot about human beings, about nature, about life, about how you can discipline yourself and about how you can manage people. I don’t have any father in the Lord. God taught me leadership skills by himself and I keyed into it. So, today, tomorrow and forever, I will always appreciate God. That’s why I didn’t join CAN or PFN, they are the worst organizations I have seen in my life. The people that are there are stooges to the government. CAN and PFN are now like government agencies. That’s why I can’t see anything reasonable in the leadership of whoever is the president. I believe that everything I went through back then was for a purpose, training. That time, I wore one cloth for three years. I had one shoe for three years and I was sleeping inside an uncompleted building. All these are training, not suffering. The journey has been amazing. It’s a journey everyone has to pass through to acquire wisdom and experience and the strength to carry on. If you don’t go through all these, then you can’t get high up there in life.
Would you say you feel fulfilled with the successful completion and release of this book?
No, I am not fulfilled yet. I still need to accomplish one or two things, then I will tell you, my brethren in the Lord, I feel fulfilled now. But right now, I’m not yet fulfilled. This one is just part of my plans in life. I have a mission and for me to complete that mission, I still need to put a couple of things in place. Everything has a mission on earth and when you’re done fulfilling that mission, you leave. I am yet to fulfill that mission I’ve been destined to fulfill.
Is there any chance, sir, considering the fact that a lot of pastors now look up to you in terms of directions on issues, that you could take up leadership position if requested to do so?
From my own perception, leadership comes from God. Nobody can just wish to be a leader and then gets to the position, no, it doesn’t work that way. To be a leader of this church, we had to cast lots, asking God, is this the person to lead us, is this person okay to lead us? There were about 6 people, and we started asking for God to show us signs before it now got to my turn. Years ago, all I wanted to be was a military man or a lawyer but that didn’t happen. So, for me, I don’t know God’s mind as regards leading any group. And one of the reasons is that I don’t like being in a place where I will see betrayals, dishonesty, or where I will be afraid to say the truth. One of the things that endeared my dad to me is that my dad was very open. He was a man that said things the way they were and didn’t care whose ox was gored. I guess that’s why he had so many enemies. To be honest, I really don’t care much about people’s comments about me, I am not bothered. I am not the kind of person who bothers about what people say, I bother more about what God says. So, my point is this, I don’t have interest in any group. If I did, I would’ve been a leader in CAN or in one of the unifications. I just don’t want to be surrounded by liars, betrayers and the sort of people that play politics with God. They have called me many times to come and join several groups but I refused. I have been giving them advice and would love to continue in my advisory role. I don’t want to join anybody. I want to be alone and continue as a one-man MOPOL like I’ve been doing all these years.