ot long ago, a certain young girl innocently approached me one day at the premises of St Patrick's Cathedral Awka with a bottle of oil to be blessed for her. Before imparting the blessing, I asked her to give me the bottle of oil for closer inspection. She did so. On the label was written in bold letters: AKPUCATIVE HEALING OIL. I couldn't control my laughter. In fact I laughed the girl into confusion that she stared at me with some question marks all over her baby face. The term "Akpucative" amused me so much. I made it clear to the girl that before I can bless the oil, I must know the meaning of Akpucative. Hence, the blessing was postponed till further notice. The girl was more confused over my refusal to bless the 'akpucative healing oil' instantly. As I was walking away, she was looking at me pitifully and akpucatively.
Learning is a continuous process and no one is Mister Know-it-all. In order not to forget the word, I was chorusing "Akpucative, akpucative, akpucative!" as I was heading towards my room. As I was ascending the steps leading to the first floor where my room was located, I missed my step and tumbled twice. I sighed and got up courageously like a man and continued going up. Could it be the power of "akpucative" that pulled me down? If so, then that word is intimidating. Immediately I opened the door of my room, I went straight to my library and brought out my English Dictionary, German Dictionary, Greek Dictionary and Latin Dictionary. I began one by one to search for the term "akpucative." I couldn't find it in the English Dictionary. Then I went through the German Dictionary but all in vain. I opened the Greek Dictionary and searched for the term but I did not succeed. I asked myself, can 'akpucative' be a Latin word? I proceeded into searching through my Latin Dictionary, but it was an effort in futility. Then I remembered that I have not consulted the Hebrew Dictionary. I looked into it also, but unsuccessful. I shook my head in disbelief. As a core Igbo man, I am quite certain that 'akpucative' is not an Igbo word. However, for avoidance of doubt I went through my Igbo Dictionary and vocabulary to look for 'akpucative'. It could not be found anywhere. Nevertheless I met the word 'akpu'.
As I was meditating, I became inspired by the Power from above. The spirit in me told me that 'akpucative' is derived from the Igbo word 'akpu' which means great, strong, difficult, powerful, challenging. The Igbo expression: " Okwu a tara akpu" says it all, which means "This is a hard saying." "Akpu" can also be used to express that something is effective or powerful. It can also be used as an adjective. For instance 'akpu nwa'(strong child). Akpucative therefore is a combination of the Igbo word "akpu" and the English suffix "cative". In other words, 'akpucative' is an Igbo-English terminology used as an adjective. Please add this Igbo-English new vocabulary in your dictionary immediately. Therefore Akpucative Healing Oil means "Powerful Healing Oil." I am a great researcher. Am I not? Give me an akpucative applause before reading further!
My question now is what makes the oil in question powerful (akpucative)? What are the contents and who is the manufacturer? Is it hygienic? Is it approved by National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC)? Nowadays there are many types of oil in the spiritual market believed to have healing power. Our people are dying in ignorance. Due to this ignorance they fall prey into the hands of egoistic priests, pastors, men of God and women of God who use them to enrich themselves. The oil must be bought at all costs and in a designated shop. The intake of too much oil is itself unhealthy. It can bring about accumulation of bad cholesterol in the body. This can lead to dangerous diseases. It can also lead to cancer. Today many people all over the world, especially in Africa are dying of cancer, which is a terminal disease. The actual causes of cancer are yet uncertain. Nonetheless one must not take chances.
Life has no duplicate. We should avoid anything that can danger our God-given precious life. The use of Olive oil is worldwide. It is generally used for anointing and for external and internal application at required body parts. The drinking of it should be minimized. Already we get oil from different food items. Our body does not require extra oil. Some people searching for miracles purchase different types of oil from various ministers of God. Recently I embarked on a sick-call. On arrival I was ushered into the room of the gravely sick woman. I was taken aback by what I saw. It was indeed an eye-saw. My eyes could not name all the oils on her sick-bed table. They include St Michael's oil, Olive oil, Jerusalem oil, Calvary oil, Oil against sickness, Trinitarian oil, Back to sender oil, St Raphael's oil, Akpucative Healing Oil, Crude oil, Alabukun, Gbogbonise, Amesi Balm, Ogwuma, Ekwekekwe, Incantation oil, Not My Portion oil and Quick Recovery oil. Seeing all these, I shouted at the top of my voice, "My God and my Lord!" Looking closely at the sick woman, I observed that her entire body was overflowing with oil. I recommended that her family should as a matter of urgency convey her to the nearest Refinery to be refined. If not done, the quantity of oil in her body system can bring about her imminent death. In fact I said the prayer of Commendation over her, in case she did not survive.
Some ministers of God even utilize Crude Oil in their healing ministry. Naturally, Crude Oil is very 'akpucative' (powerful). There is nothing miraculous about its use. A certain man of God tasked his flock to bring one gallon of crude oil each for healing prayer. Do you know that crude oil is very expensive? How can poor men and women in the congregation go about its purchase? Few years ago a certain poor man came to my office at St Mark's Parish Abagana to solicit for financial help to buy four gallons of crude oil to be used by a particular pastor for family cleansing. The man in question couldn't boast of two meals daily and was living in a falling mud house. I encouraged him to be strong in faith and that God would come to his aid. I told him to approach the Catholic priest in his town and ask him to come and pray over his family with Holy Water only. The poor man did so and was delivered from satanic attack. He came back to me later to give testimony and to thank me for saving him from costly spiritual prayer. Those ministers who milk their adherents dry in order to enrich themselves should know that time is running against them. There is nothing that is hidden that will not be revealed sooner or later. Today churches have become business centers. Some people who could not succeed in business turn into pastors overnight. Then they manufacture akpucative oils to deceive their clients. Even some enlightened priests indulge in such deceptive recommendation.
My people of God, there is no oil that is more powerful (akpucative) than Prayer. In prayer we commune with God. He is the Alpha and Omega. To him nothing is impossible. An effective prayer must contain acts of Adoration, Contrition, thanksgiving and Supplication. Jesus Christ tells to ask and we shall receive; to knock and the door shall be opened to us; to seek and we shall find (Mtt. 7:7ff). Likewise God invites us to come to Him in prayer: "Come to me all you who labour and over burdened I will give you rest" (Mtt. 11:28). As Catholics, there is no akpucative prayer greater than the Holy Mass, whereby we offer sacrifice to God in the form of Bread and Wine. This is called the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Our Catechism tells us that "The Eucharist is the memorial of the Last Supper of Jesus and of his sacrifice on the Cross. It is not simply a matter of recalling past events but of making these events truly present. In each Eucharist Christ is present and active in the very act of his Passover, that is to say in his death and resurrection, by which he saves us, gives us his life and unites us to himself" ( I BELIEVE, A Little Catholic Catechism, number 15.4, page 127).
In Awka Diocese and many other dioceses in Nigeria today, we have the Chapel of Adoration whereby the Eucharist Jesus Christ is exposed for worship. As we adore Him, we tell him our material and spiritual needs. Being in the presence of the Lord from time to time is very akpucative. Jesus Christ cares. A trial will convince you!
Praying the Rosary with devotion is also very akpucative. There is power in the Rosary. The Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother of God intercedes for us her children. We do not worship her; rather we honour her because of her indispensable role in the Salvation of fallen mankind. The Angel Gabriel greets her in these words: "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk. 1:28). Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist compliments, "Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus" (Lk. 1:42). Mary herself moved by the Holy Spirit says, "All generations shall call me blessed" (Lk. 1:48). The Church then adds: "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death." Mary herself moved by the Holy Spirit asserts: "From today onwards all generations will call me blessed" (Lk.1:48). Her motherly care is overflowing. Let us honour the Mother of God and our own Mother by reciting the Rosary daily. It is very akpucative. Holy Mary, pray for us!