2019 Polls: Standing Between Predictions And Prophecies
Nigeria News takes a look at the difference between prediction and prophecy of Nigerian clerics on the forthcoming election.
Prophesy is spiritual because it is believed to have come from a god. And when it is forecast by a cleric, it is easily concluded that it is the voice of God.
Pastors and real prophets of God prophecize. They speak specifically about what will happen in the future and warn about the consequences as far as God had revealed it to them.
Of course there are still men of God who hear from God like Elijah and Moses in the Bible. However, there are thousands of fake prophets who only listen to their hearts and predict according to the limit of their knowledge.
Nigeria is a religious state where millions decide their lives by the prediction of their pastors. Most Christians quote their pastors and Muslims quote their Imams.
Our men of God or better put God of men prey on gullible Nigerians, using prophecy to manipulate them.
However, it is disturbing that prophecies are flying around and across the nation over what 2019 holds for Nigeria as the country warms up for another general election.
Nigerians want to hear the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Adeboye to prophesy.
They want to hear from Bishop David Oyedepo of Faith Tabernacle. They want the General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, W.F Kumuyi to say how Nigeria will fair in 2019.
There are millions who follow the Catholic priest and the spiritual director, Adoration Ministry Enugu Nigeria, Rev Fr Ejike Mbaka, they are eagerly waiting for words of prophecy.
On the eve of the New Year, Apostle Suleman Johnson, the senior pastor and General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International released 50 prophesies, which many Nigerians criticized as predictions.
Their argument is that God must have been less busy for him to release 50 prophesies to a single prophet.
To those who criticized Johnson, his forecasts were mere predictions from his imagination and political calculation of the two leading parties, the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.
Johnson predicted that the All Progressives Congress would win Lagos State in the 2019 governorship poll. He advised the former Lagos State Governor and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to forget his 2023 presidential ambition as he sought serious prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Johnson added a clause, asking Buhari to go and rest instead of contesting for the election. Johnson predicted that there might be breakthrough in the search for HIV cure.
He also prophesied that the 2019 presidential election would be massively rigged. This is no prophecy, judging by what the country has been experiencing in the past and recently.
The Ekiti and Osun States gubernatorial elections were good examples of what Nigerians should expect in 2019. The electorate were intimidated by the police, operatives of the Department of State Service and the soldiers.
So, for a prophet to prophecize rigging of the Presidential poll and victory for APC in Lagos is like reminding Nigerians of the past deeds of the
There was no time election was not rigged in Nigeria and that was why the judiciary always busy after every poll. Election results are highly contested at the tribunal and it is on record that no fewer than five governors in the past had claimed back their mandate through litigation.
Perhaps, Tinubu’s presidential ambition may suffer a setback because a new set of cabals will rise against him as soon as Buhari regains Power.