HOW I WASTED 36HOURS…
PANAM PERCY PAUL:
FOR A MAN HIS AGE, DR. PANAM PERCY PAUL IS INCREDIBLY ENERGETIC AND AMAZING. UNDER HIS MINISTRATION, YOU WOULD DOUBT IF HE EVER GETS EXHAUSTED WHILE DOING HIS THING-SINGING. WE SPOKE TO HIM DURING ‘NOISE EXTRA’, A PRAISE PROGRAMME ORGANIZED BY PASTOR SOLA OSUNMAKINDE-LED ‘HOUSEHOLD OF DAVID.’ AND WE COULDN’T LET HIM GO WITHOUT GETTING AN INSIGHT INTO HIS SOURCE OF ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOU TO READ AND BE INSPIRED. HE WAS SUCH A WONDER TO BEHOLD! HIS TESTIMONIES REVEAL THE FAITHFULNESS OF THE PRAYER ANSWERING GOD WE SERVE. WE PRESENT TO YOU DR. PANAM PERCY PAUL!
(NB: This interview was conducted in 2012.)
My name is Panam Percy Paul. My turning point was in 1974. Before then, I had been playing music at a club for 10 years, so we had gone to Sokoto for the Argungun fishing festival, having being a ‘clubite.’ I got to Sokoto Hotel with four other people, we bought a jug of whiskey and the five of us finished a jug that was about six litres that night. We were there about 9pm in the evening and we left the place at about 4am in the morning and managed to drive back to our accommodation to sleep. I didn’t wake up until about 6pm. We slept at about 6am and woke up at about 6pm in the evening, so I asked what time it was, the person next to me said 6pm in the evening. I thought it was 6pm of the same day not realizing it was 6pm of the next day! I had actually slept for 12hours plus another 24hours making 36 hours. That was 36hours of my life unaccounted for! That got me thinking, so it meant I actually died for 36hours! That’s what happens when you are unconscious for that long. That was my turning point and I said, “No more!”
All I learnt as a young person at the Sunday school started coming into my mind and I just knelt down and said, “God! No more! My life cannot be a waste.”
I gave my life to the Lord right there. I later met Uncle Bayo Famonure through whom I accepted the Lord proper that same 1974. That was the beginning of a new life for me. It was dramatic to sleep for that long. 36 hours without achieving anything? Couldn’t say hello to anybody! Couldn’t do anything in this world for 36 hours!
FROM THENCE ON!
My commitment to God proper came in 1976. I had been suffering from a heart disease for 6years, that was the sixth year actually and everyone had given up on me. Despite the pain I was going through, I was still clubbing. I still did everything I wanted to do even though I was still carrying this pain and whenever it came on me, I would be bedridden for 3months unable to do anything. Three months of excruciating pain! When I was discharged from the hospital that year; 1976, the ‘Philippino’ specialist that was taking care of me at the Army hospital in Zaria said to my father, “Just take your son home. From all indications, I don’t think he would last the next two weeks so just take him home.”
When I heard that, I unplugged all the pipes attached to my body, pushed the pillow to the ground, rolled off the bed and fell on the pillow, so I struggled to kneel on the pillow and I said to God, “If You exist, prove it to me now! What pride would You have if You kill me at this age? Don’t You think I’m too young to die? Would You raise Your hands up in heaven and say, “I have conquered Panam?! I have decided to kill him! Am I some trophy that when You kill You will be happy?” I said to Him, “If You let me die now then You have no right to judge me because You have not given me the opportunity to live my life to the fullest, to see what I would be able to do with Your name if You would heal me!” And that was it! I was discharged that very day, and ‘my’ two weeks have not expired. I mean, it’s incredible! God is just awesome! I have discovered that there is nothing He cannot handle. If He was able to do this for me, then I believe He can do this for anybody. It is a matter of taking your destiny into your hands; confront God with your destiny. Say, “God, this life you have given me cannot waste, if I die now, what do I have to report back to You? When I see You, what do I tell You? Fix things for me and You will see what testimony will come out of my life.” So long so good, I feel fulfilled with what God has done and what He has enabled me to be able to accomplish in this life. Life is an awesome gift; purpose also is an awesome gift.
TALKING ABOUT THE CHURCH AND HER SILENCE IN THESE DAYS OF TERRORISM, CORRUPTION AND OTHER OBVIOUS VICES
Terrors will always be there, it’s just that it has now manifested in a more dramatic form in this country. Jesus said it long ago that in this world, you will have tribulation, so Jesus experienced it and He said to us, “Be of good courage because I have already overcome.”
It will go exactly the same way it came. If the church raises her voice to say, “We will also attack you”, God will be silent, but if we keep quiet, the battle is of the Lord, and He will fight it. Remember Jehoshaphat, which is what is going on now. Our silence is not stupidity, our silence is not powerlessness, our silence is not fear, our silence is an opportunity being given to the Most High, if He is God, let Him defend Himself, because anyone that rises to fight for his ‘god’ has a powerless god!
If ours is powerful, let Him rise up and fight for Himself and I guarantee you and I assure you, this year will not roll out until we have seen the hand of God at work. It is not about politicians, they don’t even know what to do, a lot of them are part of the whole thing, a lot of people are benefiting from what is going on, but whosoever it is that is benefiting will be brought down. You see, when you already know that a football match played yesterday ended in 2-0, though you were not part of the game, you did not watch it on television, you were not at the stadium, then today, the game is being replayed and you sit down to watch it, it doesn’t matter what was done against your team, you already know the result, you know that that time will come that your team must score the first goal and they will score the second goal. We have seen the future, so that’s why we are not bothered about the present, the future is what we have won, so whatever is going on now does not change the two goals already scored. Let everybody be at peace, this battle is over. I sang it in ‘Bring down the glory 11’, “some say we are cowards, others think that we are blind but we’ll see who gets the reward when the Lord’s glory we shall find. See them gathering their horses and weapons of war, they are sitting around tables in the dark, setting strategies on the mark but soon the loser will suffer, but those who fight on their knees have got victory in the Spirit, those who fight with horses will see death when all they have is defeated.” We have won! It’s all over that’s why we are where we are, we are not running, Jos is our home; where are we going to? It’s our home; we love it, it’s the best place to be, so nobody is going to remove us, that’s our root, and we are rooted there, already rooted, we cannot be uprooted.