- A 45-year-old visually impaired man, Rufus Oyelami, has narrated how he suddenly became blind
- Despite his visual challenge, Oyelami can quote, read chapter and verses of the Bible without stress
- Oyelami said his ability to read the chapters and verses of the Bible was a natural gift from God Almighty
A 45-year-old visually impaired man, Rafiu Oyelami, now Rufus Oyelami has described his vast knowledge of Bible memorisation as a rare blessing from the supernatural God, adding that he could not explicitly explain how he came about the unique gift.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Oyo, Imran Khalid, reports that the visually impaired man with Muslim background at Baale Afolabi's quarters, Bode, Okeho in Kajola local government area of Oyo state, said without equivocation his quoting and reading of the chapters and verses of Bible was a natural gift from God Almighty.
He said he was born as a Muslim but now a Christian and member at Christ Apostolic Church, Okewamiri at Ariwoola Okeho whose roles in the church range from preaching, singing, leading prayer and coordinating revival among others.
Oyelami said before he became blind and switched religion, people used to tell him that God wanted to use him as His anointed man, stressing that he didn't believe and take their prophecy seriously as he was not a Christian not to talk of knowing what the Bible looks like.
He said that when he had the challenges of eye defect in 1999, he began to notice that something did communicate with him and as well had persistent dreams when he would be ringing a bell and coordinating Christian prayer sessions.
He added that he had so many dreams and trance on his call as an anointed man of God but he kept them to himself until 2000 when the knowledge in him suddenly manifested at a particular Church in Alaparun farm where he was summoned to lead the prayer and the congregational session.
He added that the only thing he noticed in him was his ability and ingenuity to quote and read the chapters and verses of the Bible offhand.
Oyelami said that the development caught many unaware and surprised as they had no option but continued shouting and praying fervently that God has done it.
He said he had since then become someone who quotes and reads chapters and verses of Bible offhand, stressing that the unique gift has been making him preach, sing, lead prayer and coordinate revival respectively.
On his blindness, Oyelami said he was attacked by a snake when it spat into his eyes, adding that the eyes were treated and saw clearly until 1999 when a farm labourer employed by his uncle threw cassava at his left eye.
He said his parents and family members made frantic efforts to get the eyes treated and healed but all to no avail till today.
On education, Oyelami said he attended Bode community primary school, Okeho but he could not complete his primary education there as the political crisis that triggered his father's departure to Ebi farm at Adekunle, along Iganna-Okeho road contributed to his dropout.
He said he was a blind man but the challenges have not in any way weighed him down because he lives in God and God lives in him.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported about a 40-year-old visually-impaired woman, Bola Oaldejo, who became NCE graduate.
It was reported that she said she was not born with a disability but encountered the challenges in the first year of admission at Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Ogun state in 2003.
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