Nigerians and Robust Presidential Debates (11)

Divination, the act of discovering what will happen in the future through the use of special powers, has been a permanent fixture in the affairs of man since ancient times. A French astrologer, apothecary, physician, and seer, Michel Nostradamus (1503-1566), is best known for his book Les Prophéties, a collection of 942 poetic quatrains purported to foretell future events. He was a renowned seer who supposedly predicted World War II by mentioning Hister (Hitler) by name, albeit with a slight misspelling. In one of his quatrains, he wrote thus: “Two metal birds fly towards a tower”, thus beginning World War III; this has been read as alluding to 9/11. Nostradamus also predicted what turned out to be the translation of Queen Elizabeth II in 2022 and the anticipated ascension of King Charles in 2023. In addition to Nostradamus, there have been renowned palmists and clairvoyants in various parts of the world throughout human history.
The prophecies of men of God are not a new phenomenon; It existed in Biblical times. In modern times, prophecies have also continued to be an important feature of Christianity, especially Pentecostalism. It is within the scope of this that the prophecies of three Pentecostal pastors for the 2023 presidential election are called into question. What is worrying is that, claiming to be divine, seven pastors have discordantly predicted the outcome of the presidential election.
Pastor Sunday Adelaja, a Nigerian pastor based in Ukraine, is said to have recently stated that All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be elected president in 2023. Sources maintain that in a lengthy article Titled: “Nigeria, Behold Your Next President” and posted on his verified Facebook page, the founder of the Embassy of the Blessed Kingdom of God for All Nations in Kyiv, Ukraine, said the former Lagos state governor would win for 10 reasons , that time and space have details not allowed here.
Previously and similarly, Pastor Alamu David of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Abule Egba, Lagos, prophesied a victory for Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election. According to Pastor David, the emergence of Bola Tinubu as future president of Nigeria was revealed to him in a vision in 2008. Along the same lines, Reverend (Dr) David Oyediran declared in March 2022 that Ahmed Bola Tinubu “will rule Nigeria constitutionally. Expressing optimism in Tinubu’s ability as a resource manager, the general superintendent of Glorious Vision World Outreach Ministries Lagos, said that “Tinubu is one of the few people who can restore hope and transform the nation as president.”
Prophet Emmanuel Chukwudi, general supervisor of the Ministry of Liberation of the King of Kings, Gbonum Ulepa Ntezi, in Ebonyi state, claims that God told him that Atiku would win in 2023. This is clearly at odds with the prophecies of Reverend Oyediran and others. mentioned above. In a statement made in June, the prophet Chukwudi claimed that the 2023 presidency belongs to none other than , the candidate of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar. Aligning with the prophecy of Prophet Chukwudi, Senior Pastor of Waiting for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ Ministry, Akure, Ondo State, Pastor Adewale Giwa maintains that Atiku Abubakar will win the election and that Tinubu was the only candidate who could give Atiku a little hiccups in the contest. Primate Elijah Babatunde Ayodele of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church says the contest would be a direct battle between Labor Party candidate Peter Obi and Atiku. He, however, gave Atiku a tip so that he would emerge victorious. The cleric ruled out the APC candidate, Tinubu, from the contest because of the Muslim-Muslim formula.
Following a different path in what has invariably become discordant guesses, Reverend Shalom Kelvin Akinbo categorically asserts that Peter Obi will win the election. The senior pastor of Doers Nation International Church in Akure, Ondo State, based his prophecy on a revelation from God. The cleric, however, warned that there must be intense prayers to avoid confusion on earth.
Sitting safely on the fence in the game of divine messaging, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) says God hasn’t spoken to him on the issue yet. He said it on Friday, November 4, at the Redemption Camp while ministering to the congregation in the latest edition of the “Service of the Holy Spirit” program.
Seven men of God (MoG) claiming God’s revelation are divided into three parts: three for Candidate A, three for Candidate B, and one for Candidate C. The eighth MoG bides its time, waiting for the voice of the Divine. The question is: did they really hear from God or is it a figment of his imagination driven by desperation for relevance?
The literature of Judeo-Christian theology says that “God is not the author of confusion.” God, whoever or whatever He, She, They or It, did not speak those disagreements. So some MoG spoke falsely. While Adeboye is sitting comfortably on the fence, four or six of them are false prophets. Get this: if Tinubu wins, then four of them lied; if Atiku wins, four of them lied and if Obi wins, six of them lied. I once wrote like this: “the pastors who seek and serve themselves prosperity, preach proselytizing while impoverishing the people from the elegant characters, platforms and pulpits of Pentecostalism.” Institutional religion is the bane of human society. To quote Thomas Paine (1737-1809) “The whole world should be our country and do good, our religion.”

By: Jason Osai
Ossai is a professor at Rivers State University.

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