“I Don’t Know Where My Kids Are”: Man Who Abandoned His Family for the US and Returned Home Broke 30 Years Later Breaks Silence.
Pastor Joseph Ibironke shares the heart-wrenching journey of his life abroad for three decades, only to return empty-handed.
The Nigerian man embarked on a quest for greener pastures in the UK in the early 1980s, leaving behind a job at Union Bank in pursuit of a better life.
Reflecting on his departure, Pastor Ibironke, now in his 60s, recollects, “I left Nigeria in the 1980s. If memory serves me right, I was in my 30s when I left Nigeria, and that should be between 1983 and 1984.”
His initial years in the UK were marked by employment as a security guard, a role that sustained him for nine years.
However, unsatisfied with his circumstances, he sought a new beginning in the US, where he eventually spent 21 years.
In the US, his story took a turn for success as he became a thriving electronics dealer. He worked with renowned organizations such as Burns International Security Services Limited in the UK and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Police Department in the US.
Amid his professional achievements, Pastor Ibironke answered a higher calling and resigned to become a pastor.
He established a store in Orange County, California, specializing in sophisticated electronics, distinguishing himself as the only successful black individual in the area at that time.
Married to an American woman, Pastor Ibironke was blessed with four children during his years in the US.
Regrettably, he now finds himself in the painful position of not knowing their whereabouts.
He recounts, “Right now, I don’t know their whereabouts, and it’s very painful knowing you have children somewhere and you don’t know where they are. But I know that they can’t suffer over there. Their mother left me after my sickness.”
The turning point in his life occurred when he fell seriously ill, and his American wife left him during his struggle for recovery. Sharing the harrowing experience, he recalls his wife telling him about an alarming incident where he started barking like a dog and foaming at the mouth.
The situation led to his hospitalization in California for 14 months, during which doctors couldn’t diagnose his ailment.
Struggling to recover, his wife, fearing a spiritual attack, sought counsel from Nigerians who suggested he return to Nigeria for treatment.
Unfortunately, his sickness strained his marriage, resulting in his wife’s departure. Having been married in Nigeria prior to moving abroad, his Nigerian wife had already faced challenges and was eventually forced to leave their home.
Returning to Nigeria in a frail state, Pastor Ibironke’s ordeal continued as he found himself homeless, spending many years sleeping under bridges in Lagos.
It wasn’t until a compassionate pastor intervened that his situation began to change. Pastor Labe Orun took him to Pakoto Prayer Mountain in Ifo, where he spent six years on the path to recovery under the guidance of Prophet Ezekiel Oladeinde, also known as Baba Pakoto.