…18 Free Estates, 25 Free Schools, 2 Free Specialist Hospitals, Free Restaurants In Campuses, More
In the face of recent negative propaganda surrounding his philanthropic efforts, the General Overseer of Omega Power Ministries (OPM), Port Harcourt, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere, has declared his unwavering commitment to continue making positive impact on society.
Despite baseless accusations aimed at tarnishing his reputation, Apostle Chinyere said he remains steadfast in his resolve to help people in need.
Speaking during a World Press Conference at Landmark Hotels, D/Line in Port Harcourt on Saturday, the OPM Overseer, who was accompanied to the event by some principal members of the church, said that series of negative allegations have surfaced recently on the social media, targeting to undermine his goodwill and sow seeds of doubt among the public.
He however assured that he would not allow the negative propaganda weaken his resolve to continue the free scholarship program which currently has over 4000 beneficiaries.
The OPM overseer who has continued to champion numerous charitable initiatives over the years ranging from provision of basic necessities to the less privileged, supporting educational programs, and aiding in community development projects, described the false propaganda as distractions.
One of the issues, the Apostle explained has to do with the Happie Boys who reportedly accused him of abandoning them six months after sending them to Cyprus on scholarship. Some bloggers had also extracted a ‘statement’ from Garba Emmanuel, father of late Debora Samuel, complaining that all was not well with them as the Apostle have reneged on most of the promises he publicly made to them.
“I told anyone who can hustle to complement my efforts to feel free and stay but those who cannot, should return to Benin Republic or Nigeria to continue the education. One of the boys I sent abroad has bought a house in Dubai and also in South Africa. I sent him to South Africa and today, he is doing very well”, he said.
While describing the issues as spurious propaganda, and handiwork of enemies, the cleric said it was instructive to address them directly, reaffirming his commitment to continue his philanthropic endeavors unabated.
“I want to assure everyone that these claims are completely baseless and unfounded. My commitment to serving others remains unshaken, and I will not allow negative propaganda to deter me from making a difference in people’s lives”, he said, saying that he had to plead with the leadership of the church to speak because, according to him, the more he kept quiet, the more the fake news spread.
He said the decision to recall the students from Cyprus was a difficult one but necessary under the prevailing circumstances, adding that the sharp increase in the exchange rate between the Dollar and Naira has put significant financial strain on the scholarship fund, making it increasingly challenging to sustain support for students abroad.
“The welfare and future of our scholarship students are of utmost importance to us. We recognize the immense potential they possess and our commitment to nurturing their talents remains unwavering. However, the current exchange rate has created a substantial financial burden, jeopardizing the long-term sustainability of the program”, he stated.
Apostle Chinyere emphasized that the decision was not a reflection of the students’ abilities or their performance but rather a pragmatic response to the financial implications of the currency exchange rate, reassuring the students and their families that the project would continue to provide ample opportunities for education and personal development within Nigeria.
He further emphasized the importance of focusing on the positive impact his initiatives have had on individuals and communities, highlighting some of the successful projects to include building of 18 free estates; building over 25 free schools; 2 free specialist hospitals and many free restaurants in some tertiary institutions.
He also revealed that OPM reconstructed the Community Secondary School, Ohanku, Abia State and is currently paying the salaries of seven teachers which the church engaged. These achievements, he noted, serve as a testament to his dedication and the tangible difference he continues to make.
The OPM Overseer expressed his gratitude for the unwavering support he has received from friends, followers and well-wishers, stating that their encouragement and belief in his mission have given him the strength to rise above the negative propaganda and continue to work undeterred.