EXCLUSIVE: US ARMY CAPTAIN OPENS UP ON MILITARY. SPEAKS ON ISIS, BOKO-HARAM, GAYS, WAR & GOD

Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday is a Nigerian born US Soldier (pictured in content below)

We sometimes like to conclude our interviews with questions on a dilemma: If you are surrounded by leaders of Boko haram, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and you have one bullet left, who would you pull the trigger on, and why?

 At this stage, considering the consequences of allowing this insurgency to fester through the African region and beyond, what should the US Army be doing despite their fears in the Nigerian Army?

 Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been repealed. But do you think having open gay practices in the US Army has impacted positively?

 

In an interview granted zeeny360.com by a Nigerian born US Army Captain, we got an insight into some of the workings of the US military from a human angle perspective. Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday talks about Boko Haram, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Gays in the army and marriage, among others.

Captain Iheanyichukwu loves his job, stating: “Love what I do, which is, helping US troops to draw near to God. Three of my troops baptized this year through my preaching of the gospel to them.”

Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday is a Nigerian born US Soldier © facebook
  • Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday is a Nigerian born US Soldier © facebook

 

 

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: As a military chaplain, do you also engage in combat duties?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: When the duty call for it.

Eze UwaezuokeEze V. Uwaezuoke: Interesting

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: As a chaplain I do not carry weapons but I have a bodyguard or an assistant who carry the weapon for my protection.

Eze UwaezuokeEze V. Uwaezuoke: Waoh... Not even a service pistol?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: No. Man of God no dey carry gun.

Eze UwaezuokeEze V. Uwaezuoke: I will revert to that later. How did you get into the chaplain, was it a choice or you were assigned therein?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: A choice I made after getting Master degree in Divinity. 

Eze UwaezuokeEze V. Uwaezuoke:  Hmmm... Is the degree offered by the US Army?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: No. Universities in USA do offer it.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke:  OK. Did you obtain this degree while in the service or prior to it?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: While in the service as a chaplain candidate.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: It must have been a short period, right?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: You will be given 6 years to finish the master degree while a candidate after getting your bachelor degree. Master degree for divinity takes three years. But you must have your bachelor first.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke:  That means you must have spent some time in the service. Back to your modus operandi, how do you reconcile the killings by the army with your position that ‘Man of God no dey carry gun?’

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: Man of God is to reconcile warring parties through gospel and to support the troops with the word of God. Nations can take arms against each other through their troops. God is not against killing when done through the command of your nation but is against killing when you do it deliberately own your own. That is where the command comes to play: Thou shall not kill (individual) not a nation state.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: Are there times when some in your troop feel fatigued by the deaths they experience? How are you able to get them back on track?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: Yeah.

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: Telling them they are doing the right thing by defending their nation, state, but must fight according to Geneva Convention which says among others ‘you must not kill a person who has surrendered and must not maltreat a prisoner of war.’ If they do, God will hold them accountable as well as US government.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: Some in the US Army have been charged with war crimes, like in Iraq & Afghanistan, how does the US Army ensure they are tried justly & why aren't they usually tried by laws of the land where the crimes have been committed?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: Yeah, that is true. They are tried by Geneva Convention that govern and try war crimes for all nations that signed for it.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: Oh, I see. How do you view the Nigerian Army's approach to the insurgencies, especially in the Northern part of the country?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: They are terror group who does not abide by the Geneva Convention and Nigeria government has a duty to protect her citizens by any means possible.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: The US Army's role to assist the Nigerian Army was short lived. Many are asking 'why', what say you?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: US refused to give them certain weapons since Nigeria may not maintain them and it can fall in the hand of the terror group. Also, US noted corruption among the rank and file of those in the authority and in the armed forces in fighting the terror group and Nigeria government was not serious in doing something about it.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: At this stage, considering the consequences of allowing this insurgency to fester through the African region and beyond, what should the US Army be doing despite their fears in the Nigerian Army?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: Well, US have counter-terror force in Africa can intervene on their own when necessary or when a nation, state want their assistance. The force is always standby.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: Back to your person, are your married; do you have a family?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: Not yet but will marry.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: Really. Will you prefer marrying a Nigerian or from elsewhere?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: Anyway, as long as she is God minded and mission minded. I am a citizen of heaven and of the world anybody that calls on the name of the Lord anyway is acceptable to me.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: Some think that the demands of your job impacts on family life in stressful ways, how do you intend to mitigate this when you have a wife & kid(s)?

 Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: My family will be first. If my wife does not support me I will resign my commission, and that is why I have to look for soul mate that will support me and see my job as a missionary to the troops.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: With your commitments in the force, how easy is it to find love in a woman?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: Well, I value commitment more than love. I look for commitment in a woman but not necessarily love. Because love without commitment will short live and that is why so many divorce in our society. People claim to be in love but before you know it, it is all over because of no commitment.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: Interesting! So how do you know a committed woman, and how do you find out considering your job demands?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: It is when that woman is committed to God. When woman is serious with God and committed to obeying Him, then know that she will be committed to you. I want my woman to love God more than me.

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: Interesting expectations. Well, some might differ & say that some women might put up a front before marriage & can change after marriage. How are you ensuring this doesn't happen? 

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: That is where prayer and fasting come in to play. God can help u through prayer and fasting to know. And if you are willing to listen to that silent voice after praying and fasting, you will not go wrong. I have experienced it. 

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: You said you'd quit if your wife demands it; If you learnt that being in the Army is not Christian, will you be willing to resign. 

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: Not clear what you mean. 

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: If in the course of looking through the bible, you learn that Christ doesn't support nations fighting each other today, what will you do about your career? 

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: Well, Christ knows that there is evil in the world. He also knows that if a nation state is not ready for war an evil nation can conquer them and impose their will on them. Therefore, though a Christian must not support war or nations fighting each other, they cannot stop evil nations from seeking to conquer and role like what Russia is doing now.  

Or like what ISIS is doing to harmless christians in Iraqi. So must a christian fold his hand and allow evil to strife?  

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke:  Don't Ask, Don't Tell has been repealed. But do you think having open gay practices in the US Army has impacted positively? 

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: No and yes. No, in the sense that it is supporting abomination, and yes, in the sense that freedom for one to choose his life style and allow God to judge has prevailed. 

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: So you don't think being gay is ok for a Christian? Would you baptize a practicing gay in your chaplain? 

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: No. We are given the freedom to teach and practice according to our faith group beliefs. 

Eze Uwaezuoke Eze V. Uwaezuoke: We sometimes like to conclude our interviews with questions on a dilemma: If you are surrounded by leaders of Boko haram, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and you have one bullet left, who would you pull the trigger on, and why?

Iheanyichukwu Sunday Captain Iheanyichukwu Sunday: Well, I would not because I am not allowed to possess weapon. My assistant can do that as his job to protect me.

 

 

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