With few days into the New Year, the nation’s political ambiance is already in stir, no thanks to diverse prophesies directed to some members of the political class by some prophets and pastors. In this report, WALE ELEGBEDE looks at the gale of prophesies in 2017 and their likely effects on the various political interests
Whilst it is true that each New Year usually usher in a cycle of prophecies from different prophets and priests in the Christendom, the dimension the prophecies took in 2017, especially as it concerns politicians, both serving and nonserving public office holders’, have been quite appalling.
No New Year is complete without the so called “big men of God” making predictions about what will happen that year. Expectedly, the prophecies come in good, bad and ugly packages.
For those who are on the good side of the prophecies, it is a period of excitement but for those on the receiving end of the negative prophesies, it is a period of anxiety. Delivering his New Year prophecy in Ghana, which is about 1,075 kilometres to Nigeria, founder of the Glorious Word Ministry International, Isaac Owusu Bempah, amongst other revelations, said that President Muhammadu Buhari will die in 2017, however, with a caveat “Pray to avert it.”
Interestingly, the controversial prophet in 2016 had prophesied that there would be a coup d’état in Ghana which would lead to the disruption of the country’s electoral calendar in the course of the year.
That was never to be as the Gold Coast country had a relatively peaceful election. In another specious prophecy in the New Year, the presiding Bishop of Divine Seed of God Chapel Ministries in Ibadan, Oyo State, Prophet Wale Olagunju, revealed that President Buhari will be dethroned in the 2019 election by former vice president, Atiku Abubakar.
The Ibadan based prophet in his 52-point prophecy for the New Year, predicted the possibility of the country splitting into five as he claimed to have foreseen the map of Nigeria torn into five.
Part of his prophesy also read: “There is going to be serious fight between Obasanjo and Buhari as revealed by God Almighty,” and “Notable chieftains of the APC and the PDP who are talking of 2019 without due reference to God will not live to witness that year.”
“There is going to be rowdy session in the National Assembly in the coming year,” adding also that. “The present war against Bola Tinubu will continue but many of those fighting him will come back to eat their words.”
For his own revelations, the founder of Mountain of Blessing and Miracle Church of Christ, Dr. Olagorioye Faleyimu, said: “God told me to tell Governor Fayose of Ekiti State to be careful and he shouldn’t turn himself to God.
“God said he should watch his mouth so as not to end his political career in jail.
PDP will never rule Nigeria again no matter how much they try. Their governors will win some states but they can’t win presidency again. APC has eight years to rule and they have spent just one year.
APC won’t rule Nigeria again after 2023.” Directing portions of his 2017 prophecy to the seat of power, Aso Rock, President of Omega Fire Ministry, Apostle John Suleman, said: “Forces in Aso Rock planning to poison the current First Lady (Aisha Buhari)” and “Two times, Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, will face removal from office.
They will alienate him and they will make attempts to remove him. But God will humble Buhari in 2017.” Not left out of the epidemics of prophecies, founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), Pastor Temitope Joshua in his prophetic message for 2017 posted on Youtube said: “President Buhari will do everything to reject devaluation of the naira – which is a good idea from a good leader. But there will be overwhelming pressure from above him which he will not be able to resist.”
Interestingly, Joshua came under intense criticism over his failed prediction on the victory of Hilary Clinton as the President of the United States at the November 8, 2016 poll.
According to the Wikipedia, prophecy involves a process in which one or more messages are allegedly communicated to a prophet by a god or spirit and often are then communicated to other people.
The page further said that prophecy is not limited to any one culture, religion or people. In Christianity, the Holy Book classified prophecy as one of the spiritual gifts given by the indwelling Holy Spirit, and it’s a supernatural ability to receive and convey a message from God.
The purpose of the message may be to edify, exhort and comfort members of the church. Like every other human, Nigerians also crave to know what may likely become of their future, politicians inclusive.
Over the years, the strength of prophecies or revelations from the prophets has been the vehicle through which many transport themselves through the year. Thus, for a number of pragmatic reasons, people flock around the “gifted men of God” and prophets to see what is in the kitty for them.
Although it is necessary to establish that there are genuine prophecies and prophets, it is also fair to situate the effect of patronising prophecies for politicians who are seen by the ‘prophets’ as potential customers in the course of the year.
Aside making advertorials and publicity of their prophecies, the ‘prophets’ also ensure that they make special provisions for copies of the revelations to get to their intended targets, who are largely politicians and VIPs. Not surprising enough, they mostly prophesy dooms for their targets and these make them to be at their mercies for ‘prayers and fastings’, thereby creating confusion and apprehension for their targets despite the unambiguous stance of the Holy Book on the subject matter.
Expectedly, the prophecies are taken in different strides, while some will go cap in hand to the prophets or send emissaries to them for a ‘reverse’ of negative revelations, while others will simply ignore and move on. For some politicians, the relatively soft and sweet prophecies will be the needed springboard for them to move on and pursue their clandestine interests.
Speaking on the development, the Lagos State chairman of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and chairman of the Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC) in the state, Mr. Kola Ajayi, said majority of the prophecies are deliberately targeted at politicians in order to cut relationship with them.
“I hardly believe them (prophets), because most of the prophecies are aimed at getting them closer to the government or personalities involved. It is not everything they say that we should take serious because they are looking for attention.
“Yes, we cant throw the baby out with the bath water, there are good ones among prophets but there are bad eggs as well.
Where are the predictions they made years before?” Clearly, the inconsistencies, incompleteness and contradictions in many of the prophesies being churned out for and against members of the political class have cast aspersion on the genuine prophesies, and it is left to be seen what will become of the ones already reeled out at the end of the current 12 calendar month.