Precisely on the 11th day of November, 2013, Nigerians woke up to hear the news of a “Miracle Water” at Nachi, a community in Enugu State.
In a matter of days, the River was baptized “Enugu Jordan River” by miracle seekers who were carried away by reported testimonies of people who got one healing or the other after taking a bath in the River.
For each passing day, the number of visitors to the River increased geometrically. Nigerians from all parts of the country, especially Christians and traditionalists, troop into the River in their numbers either as tourists or in search of divine solution to their problems.
Orient Daily had earlier reported that a Fulani herdsman reportedly announced the appearance of the Miracle River to the entire world.
“He told us that he passed that place with his herd of cattle, and soon after, heard a strange noise; when he turned back, he discovered that a big stream had appeared at the same place he just passed with his cattle. At that point, he ran to Garki and informed his relatives, who also came there and discovered that the water had healing power. From that point, the news spread to the community”, a source quoted the herdsman as saying.
This was the report that has changed the history of Nachi community, as desperate Nigerians arrive the community in their thousands each day.
Where Are Those Healed?
However, one month after, Orient Daily investigations show that no single person has actually received instant healing in the River as being claimed in many quarters.
Any person visiting the River is always curious to see some form of instant miracles as being reported, but people go there disappointed.
“I was at least expecting to see one sick person receive instant healing at the River because that was the kind of story I heard before I came, but as I speak with you, I have spent two hours here and I have not seen anybody jumping up and praising God for receiving any miracle”, one visitor said disappointedly.
Our correspondent had earlier reported during his first visit that no instant miracle was recorded throughout the one-hour duration he spent at the River, but that notwithstanding, invisible sources have continued to attribute miraculous powers to the River.
It could also be re-called that one of the eldest man in the community, Chief Festus Ude had also expressed surprise over the much talked about healing powers of the River.
According to him, “the last time it appeared was in 1992, and at that time, it just formed a small stream, which later disappeared. It has never been as large as this. This is all I know, we have never known about its healing power, this is the first time we are hearing about healing, I don’t know whether it is true, we equally heard it like you did”.
Findings have shown that no visitor to the River has actually witnessed any on-the-spot healing.
All the miracle seekers interviewed by Orient Daily claimed to have come after hearing that some persons got their healing in the River. However, when asked to mention the name of those persons healed, they were unable to do so.
This development has continued to fuel speculations that there is more to the Enugu River Jordan than meets the eye.
Questions have also been raised on the geological possibility of such water coming out naturally without any spiritual force.
In an interview with Orient Daily, Mr. Alex Nwatalari, a senior lecturer in the Department of Geology, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, said although there is a geological possibility for water to come out where it never existed before, such things happen mostly in the rainy season.
According to him, “By this point in time, water is not supposed to be there; but at the peak of rainy season, in any depression, water can be there. But I am not from that village; I didn’t go there during the rainy season.
Coincidentally, the geologist, who told Orient Daily in the course of the interview that he had also gone to fetch the water, disclosed that he never saw anybody healed.
He said, “I went there myself; I fetched water, I didn’t see any healing by myself, but I heard that people came there and were healed. I went there, entered there, even though the water was dirty.
“Whether spiritually or not I don’t know, but all I know is that it is natural; whether it is geological or not I don’t know; in a place where there is no water before, water can start coming out geologically if there is tectonism.
It is a disaster waiting to happen- experts warn
In any case, medical experts are unanimous in their opinion that epidemics loom in the country if urgent measures were not taken.
In a chat with Orient Daily, a medical expert, Dr. Taiwo Fasoranti called on the Enugu State Ministry of Health to intervene before dooms day comes.
“I don’t know what you mean by Miracle Water, although as a Christian, I will not say people should not get miracle from wherever they want.
“However, from the health perspective, what is happening in Nachi is not the right thing to do. People take their bath in the water; people defecate there, people urinate there, all kinds of sicknesses are brought into that water, yet people fetch and drink the same water. I can tell you that the Nachi Water is a ground work for disaster waiting to happen.
“I know that in this environment we have the community health workers, they have the ministry of health; they should take a look at that water; it is not hygienic at all; it is not a good thing to do; it is a stagnant water; it does not flow and in there, you come with your own illness, put it there, somebody else comes, puts his own there. It is really what we call disaster waiting to happen, and when the health implications will come, they may have forgotten their encounter with that dirty water”, Dr. Fasoranti warned.
Also from the Christian perspective, clerics have continued to call for caution, noting that it could be a way of operation by some River goddess.
An evangelist, Ogechukwu Uzuagu described it as part of the signs of end time, as Jesus had warned of a time when people will be running from one place to the other in search of miracles.
“Jesus said that He is the living water, that He is the bread of life, that He is the good shepherd; so we don’t need to run to any other object in search of miracle, all we need to do is to mention the name of Jesus Christ with faith and we will get our healing. So, if you are in need of any water that heals, Jesus is the Water and not to run to Nachi.
“So, I urge Christians to be cautious of the life they live, even in the Acts of the Apostles, where Paul used handkerchief, it is just a personal thing, it is not a general doctrine, we don’t have to go and start forming a handkerchief ministry.
“As Christians, let us remember that the just shall live by faith in Christ Jesus not on mysterious water. We should know what we drink, especially when it has to do with a River, many forces are involved”, he cautioned.
The Deity Connection
Meanwhile, further investigation by Orient Daily revealed that a popular deity in Nachi Community, “Ogboo Ngwu”, might not be un-connected with the Mysterious River.
An indigene of the community told our correspondent that “before now, we have always believed that Ogboo Ngwu operates that place, even in the 1940s, if you want to drink water there, you will say “Ogboo Ngwu Nyem Mmiri”, (Ogboo Ngwu give me drinking water).
“If another power has taken over now, we don’t know, but everybody in this community knows that that place has over the years been associated with Ogboo Ngwu”.
As it stands, the River is drying up fast, even as Nigerians continue to wait endlessly to witness the reported instant miracles.
By Uzoh Ugwueze