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Why I’m not mourning my wife –Ebenezer Obey


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Why I’m not mourning my wife –Ebenezer Obey

By SIMEON MPAMUGOH

 

Juju maestro and General Overseer of Decross International Ministries, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey Fabiyi, has said the demise of his wife, Lady (Evang.) Juliana though painful, calls for celebration because of the goodness of the Lord upon her life.

“Definitely, when one’s wife, flesh of flesh and bone of bone who had been a supporter of everything I’ve done in life passes on, no doubt it would be very painful. Since I began to struggle and the Lord gave me breakthrough, she had been there with me. She had been a wonderful and caring mother, we thank God because we are children of God.”

Obey alluded to the scripture that made it clear that human beings were pilgrims on earth. His words: “We are all travellers on earth. Our home is heaven. We are sent here to fulfill a purpose and complete an assignment. And once this is done, it is God Almighty who knows when to call us home.”

He reminded everyone that heaven is where everyone is going, adding that Juliana’s death though grieving, does not call for mourning.

“We are celebrating the personality of whom she is; a caring woman. A musician needs a very peaceful home, without it, he cannot make progress. My wife has given me the entire platform for having a peaceful home.

“Whenever I go out to perform, I return to a peaceful home. I am able to compose good songs as well as work harder. We were married for 48 years and the nuptial nut produced children and a grandchild, who is now 22-year-old. It is the wonders of the Lord.”

Evangelist Folarin Fabiyi Obey, one of the late Juliana’s children said: “Mama was a rock and building pillar. She is a true definition of motherhood. If I have to come to this world hundred times, I’ll still choose her as my mother. She is very unique, with no one to be compared with.”

Asked what the family will do to celebrate her virtues, Folarin said: “We will not allow her fine character and good disposition to people especially the less privileged to go uncelebrated. We will make sure we live and fulfill her goals, ensure that her remembrance is put in the establishment of charitable works. And the things she stood for will be made to happen in people’s lives. She was a prayer warrior; she had spiritual and physical gifts of hospitality. She always ensured that everyone is well-fed and the taste of her soup is customized from heaven.”

He said that the family would use her grace to feed the hungry. And those who cannot afford to eat square meals would be fed in her memory in addition to making their dreams come to pass. Mama was an encourager. “She preaches peace and her words inspire confidence, open the eyes and give the grace for an extra mile. It is a colossal and capital loss.”

Olarewaju Obey Fabiyi is the fourth son. He was with her when she died. He shared the experience with Daily Sun. “Nothing happens behind God. He has taken care of everything. Mama died at the age of 67 as the only wife of Evang. (Dr) Obey Fabiyi. She has passion for her children. When something was wrong with her children, something was also wrong with her. She could deny herself to ensure that her children are well taken care of.

“I remember when I was about to pursue a course in the U.S, Mama said one of us must stay in Nigeria because she already had three people in the U.S and the rest of us should stay in Nigeria. I happened to be closer to her and in convenience we shared ideas whenever I return home because I’m based abroad. I always stay in-doors with her and each morning, we always had heart-to-heart talks and those things were very important to me. It is only God that can fill the gap.”

As more sympathizers trooped to the Ikeja residence of the Fabiyis, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LSHA) also visited at the weekend. Staff of the assembly and a librarian, Mr. Adebayo Lawrence, who spoke on behalf of the group, noted that Evangelist Obey was very close to the House and that anytime they had an outreach programme, he was always invited and when his ministry celebrated conventions, members of the House were always in attendance.

Lawrence described Obey’s wife as generous, kind and a role model to many, adding that members of the House of Assembly would miss her warm reception and hospitality. Another notable personality who paid tribute was the former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Segun Osoba.

 

 

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