It is a rare testimony that many would ponder and ask if it is possible. But the testimony is evident as witnesses were available, not in the confines of the social Church enviroment with lots of make- believe or rehearsed prank play of the new religious order. but a real and genuine occurrence.
This surely sounds incredible, but it indeed happened in Nigeria.
After spending 11 days in a mortuary in Lagos, South-West Nigeria, a 36-year-old woman, Mrs. Charity Chigoziri Obioma resurrected while being conveyed to her village in Abia State for burial. It was a sight that almost sent the driver running for cover.
Mrs. Obioma, a member of theCherubim and Seraphim Church,had died in Lagos after undergoing a heart operation. But she came back to life few kilometres to Uzuakoli,her hometown.
She was said to had spent ten days inside the morgue before her husband,and his friend, decided to take
her home for burial.
But a few kilometres to her home she was said to have sneezed seven times and sat up inside the stretcher.
Expectedly, the driver, her husband and the friend who were with her in the Toyota Siena van that was
bringing her back home were gripped by fear.
Mrs. Obioma narrated how she died and resurrected to newsmen thus: “I have always
said it: “I don’t know what really happened to me. When I was taken to the hospital, I don’to know. The hospital where I was taken to I don’t know. All I can remember is that there was a time that somebody gave me his hand; somebody whose face I could not see. He was in a white robe. He took me away and has been taking me from one place to another, spiritually and physically.
“During this period, there were people I visited physically. Those people can attest to it now. I went to them in the dream, gave them instructions and told them what to do. There were people I went to physically who saw me and shook hands with me.
These people can attest to it. And I gave them messages.
By then, some people knew that I was dead, but those particular people I went to did not know that I had died.
“I was going for lectures on daily basis from the man that was taking me around. It was on different subjects and he told me that I should not withhold whatever he was
telling me to the people of the world.
He told me that one of the things that makes him angry is that people of the world,
including me, don’t pay tithes and that so many married men run after other people’s wives
and many married women run after other people’s husbands.
He said Satan uses this to boast before him that my people are disobedient to me. These are two out of many things that he told me.
“Before I went for the operation, I had a dream and told my husband that God has
never told me lies before, that even if I did not come out of the operation immediately, he should always trust God that he would do the best. I told my mother the same and asked them to put me into prayers, and they did.
“When they were discussing about buying a casket to bring me back, I told them that didn’t want to be in a casket and that they should not bring me back in a casket. I said they should bring me home like that and deposit me in a mortuary of their choice and wait for the day of my burial if God so wished it. The wonderful thing they did for me was keeping my instructions.
“As they were coming back on the day that would have made it the 11th day, they never knew what happened and I cannot say what happened. I was using my hand trying to open my eyes, making frantic efforts until I got it opened.
“The people were expecting my corpse that day, but I returned as a living being. I was really impressed because I never knew that so many people loved me that much. They only saw me alive instead of my corpse”.
“Before I went in for the surgery, I told my husband that God told me that I am going to come back.
I said no matter the circumstances you find me, don’t ever be afraid or loose hope that I had died. Even if you people bury me, I know that God has never lied to me before and that he must fulfil that which he has promised.
The decision of my husband not to embalm me must have arisen from the faith I expressed to
him before I went in for the operation.”
The husband, Mr. Obioma, who was by her side as she narrated her experience, gave his side of this story: “The driver of the Siena bus that carried us, a Yoruba man, became afraid. I told him to concentrate and not to be afraid because God was in charge.
“I refused to obtain a dead certificate when they confirmed her dead because I knew that
she was not dead. God has never spoken and lied. Since she had told me that I shouldn’t use a casket for her, I refused to talk about a death certificate.
All along we were in prayers and the messages we were getting was that God wanted to use her to show the world what they had not seen before. Based on the message, I told them that she should not be embalmed based on the words she came
to tell me in my dream and therevelation from the prophets I gave her name to for prayers.
“She was not embalmed and she did not show any sign of decay.
The first revelation I got came from one Prophet Maduka from Isuikwuato. He called me very early in the morning and told me that God said that he wanted to use my wife, Charity to show the world what they had never seen, and that even if she was dead, that he was going to resurrect her.
You know, I was looking at one, two or three days, but when she stayed for the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh day, I became troubled as a human being.
“On getting to Ubani Ibeku, where they want to relocate the Umuahia Modern Market, she sneezed seven times, opened her eyes and was looking like someone whose eyes were covered. In my mind, I started reciting Psalm 24, and she sat up…
“Then we drove straight to the compound, and as we drove into the compound, I looked at
the crowd and I couldn’t hold myself.
I broke down and started crying and I didn’t even know when my friend who was by me brought her out. I was just crying.”