Fifty-nine-year-old Godwin Ugeelu Amadu who was declared dead but walked out of his casket at the point of burial two days after has revealed what he saw in heaven after he gave up the ghost.
According to the Nation, the incident shocked the people of Gidan Angalu community in Toto Local Government Area, Nasarawa state.
Narrating the events that surrounded his death and resurrection, Amadu said he could not fully recollect all that transpired during his struggles in the throes of death except that he was writhing in pains at one moment, felt relieved moments later and found himself in another world.
“I thank God that he has given me life again after tasting death. It is a miracle that God gave me a second chance and I think I will dedicate the days he has given me to live again to worship him and preach his gospel.
“My journey to heaven was a tranquil one. I feel very confused about what God has done to me. All I can remember for now is that I lost my memory when I was sick, but people later gathered in my village to mourn my passing.
“The cloud opened up and I saw something like a giant golden satellite suspended in space. I wouldn’t know whether this is what the bible calls heaven, but there I was greeted by a 75ft tall angel who stood in front of the gate.
“The angel had a beautiful sword and wore something like golden hair. As I looked round, I discovered that there were two other angels behind him holding pamphlets and books containing the words of God.
“The three angels had a brief discussion among themselves and later allowed me into the city of heaven.
“On entering the city, I met a childhood friend who died 22 years ago. His name was Choko Aguma. He was the one who took me round the city where everybody was committed to worshipping God.
“He indeed asked after so many people but I told him I lost touch with some, that some were still alive while others had died long ago.
“About 450 yards from what looked like the throne of God, I was captivated by the sign on the outside that read ‘Unaccounted blessings and Mercy of God’.
“So I can comfortably confirm to you that I went to heaven and not hell fire, and I have returned successfully with the courage to preach the gospel till the end of my life.
“I have given my life to God. He is real.
“While in heaven, I was told how my children struggled to save my life when I fell sick. I was equally told about my activities as a native doctor, all the events leading to my death and how preparation for my burial was ongoing when Christ appeared and raised me up from death.
“I was told that Christ woke me up because if I was taken to the grave in the casket covered with sand, it would be very difficult for me to come back because I would lack the strength to pull out of the graveyard.
“I woke up and I felt cold. I came out of the casket gently and people who came to console my wife and children started running instead of coming to rescue me.”
Amadu added: “I thank God because I know He heard the prayers of my children who had wished that I stay up to 86 years to see them become influential and responsible members of the society, where the entire community look up to them. Thank God Almighty, their faith has brought me back to life.”
He described the land of death as peaceful, quiet and tranquil.
“The place is filled with myriads of angels who are very tall, and there is light everywhere. There is no darkness as the angels were talking about Jesus Christ all the time, from morning throughout.
“It is about what the bible says about Jesus Christ and everyone there is committed to the bible and its teachings by the angels, and this notion convinced me to change completely and return to Christ as my personal saviour.
“I am no more a native doctor and I believe Jesus Christ is the way. He can heal and wake up the dead. “While in the cool city of heaven, I saw alot of my childhood friends, age mates and some of the girls I ‘toasted’ while growing up who died so many years ago.
“Some could not recognise me because I had become very old. They are all there enjoying life to the fullest.
“I saw Juliana, Abawa, who were my girlfriends. They now share gospel words in the city. I also saw Abunagu, Tongee Thomas, Ishaya Again who were my aged grades. They were very happy to see me join them in the cool city.
“They asked after so many people who I know had died but were not in the city, probably they are on the other side. “I look for my father and mother but didn’t see either of them; maybe they are also on the other side.
“There, food is served free and in large quantity. Heaven is indeed an interesting place and I wish I never came back to the world.
“But now that I am back in the world I will dedicate the rest of my life on earth to the service of God.”
Recalling the experience, his wife, Mrs Salomi Amadu, said she was shocked that her husband came back to life after two days.
She said: “Initially, I was scared of going close to him. That made my eldest son to spend some time with us in the village to make sure that we are not afraid. “But gradually, we are recovering from the shock to relate with him
“What is most encouraging is that he prays all through since he resurrected. He is a complete man of God, though I have not started sleeping with him in the same house and he has not requested for it.
“But it is okay. We thank God that he is back, this time as a man of God. That is what I can say for now.”