Hon. Joseph Bassey was a chronic smoker. This was not just an addiction – it was an obsession! For 21 years, he smoked in a continuous chain – it was his first action in the morning and his last at night. “It was only when I slept that I didn’t smoke,” the Nigerian politician explained. Even politically, the bad habit was an embarrassing hindrance. As a member of the Cross Rivers House of Assembly, he would be restless and rush to present his views so as to quickly leave the chambers and smoke. Being a popular figure in his community, his smoking habit was well known to everyone.
One fateful day, Hon. Joseph visited his sister’s house and discovered them watching a Christian television station. It was Emmanuel TV. Intrigued by the events he was watching, the Nigerian politician decided to install Emmanuel TV in his own house. The more he watched, the more his faith began to grow! One day as Prophet T.B. Joshua was praying for viewers, Hon. Bassey decided to reach out and touch the screen of his television. A strange sensation erupted within his system and he immediately rushed to the restroom. After passing out an unusual substance, Hon. Bassey felt different. It was if something had left him. From that day forward, smoking has become a thing of the past! “People even placed bets in my community as to when I would return to smoking,” the politician laughed, explaining that no one believed it was possible he could quit smoking. He added that his freedom from smoking has led him to introduce Emmanuel TV to multiple chain smokers in his community amazed at his transformation, many of them also receiving their deliverance from the addiction through Prophet T.B. Joshua’s prayers.
In addition, Hon. Bassey’s wife was diagnosed with a fibroid, rendering the couple childless. She had even travelled to India for an operation but still remained unable to conceive. After coming to The SCOAN and receiving the Anointing Water, he ministered it to his wife, praying that God would bless their home with a child. Shortly afterwards, his wife became pregnant and delivered a beautiful baby boy!
Finally, Hon. Joseph testified that was successfully re-elected to Cross Rivers House of Assembly in the recently concluded elections, adding that he was the only candidate in his state that ran an election without an opponent in the primaries. “The favour of God in my life since I came to know Emmanuel TV, Prophet T.B. Joshua and the Anointing Water is just too much,” he testified. Advising congregants, especially politicians, he stated that there can be no genuine success without God. “You need God’s grace and guidance to serve in any capacity,” he said.