They walk with a rambunctious swagger, flaunting themselves as the quintessential mouthpieces of the Almighty. Across the land and beyond, not a few have accepted them as modern day Nostradamuses – the ones that see tomorrow with bewildering precision. Tope Adeboboye report.
To their followers, they are the progeny of the prophets of yore. And indeed, like the seers of yesteryears, these highly venerated Christian prophets would never shy away from dishing out prophecies and predictions on every major issue, especially on the Nigerian political landscape, claiming to have heard directly from the throne of the God.
One major issue on which God allegedly spoke through many of these prophets was the second term ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Like a furious surge of water tumbling down a cascade, predictions and prophetic declarations poured forth from the mouths of many a prophet, affirming with finality that President Jonathan had been divinely declared winner of the 2015 presidential election in Nigeria.
They told Nigerians that those seeking to contest the presidency with the incumbent were merely wasting their time, as Jonathan’s victory had been signed and sealed right from the throne of the Almighty.
With the president losing the elections, many Nigerians cannot but wonder if these ‘seers’ actually saw beyond their immediate vicinities.
Or did they confuse some inner voices speaking from the depths of their own souls with the voice of God?
Here are the 11 prophets who saw nothing from God on Jonathan’s second coming:
1. Prophet Joshua Iginla
Brother Joshua Iginla is the General Overseer of Champions Royal Assembly, Abuja. The renowned cleric is credited to have made many predictions that have eventually come to pass. His followers said he accurately predicted the impeachment of the former Governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako, the crash of the military helicopter in Bama and the outbreak of the Ebola virus, among others.
On the chances of President Jonathan in the 2015 election, Brother Iginla was unequivocal. Hear him: “The truth about the whole matter is that, Jonathan is going to win the whole elections and there is no doubt about it. It is not because Jonathan is the perfect man, but I think the unity of Nigeria is most important. I thank God for the opposition party because they are going to do well but they are not the dream party that God will raise to take the ‘baton’ from PDP.
Indeed, time would come that PDP would crumble but it has not come to the time. For now, the years ahead would still be held by the same person in power.”
Did the seer see correctly? Absolutely not. He’s way off the mark, as the president has lost the election, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
2. Prophet Emmanuel Ezenwa Nwazuo
Another very active prophet in the Jonathan-will-be-president-again prediction series is the General Overseer of Revolution Fire Christian Ministry Incorporation, Prophet Emmanuel Ezenwa Nwazuo. Nwazuo, an evangelist and prolific writer, had allegedly predicted correctly that Jonathan would be president in 2011. This year again, the cleric said he had also been informed by God that Jonathan would win a second term.
“I am not the one saying it; it is a revelation from God,” said the prophet. “I see President Jonathan winning the 2015 election with a landslide but the All Progressives Congress (APC) will revolt. I heard it very clear and simple. When I prophesied the death of Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, many Igbo people were calling for my head. Then he was not sick.
When he became sick, people said he would survive, but I insisted he was going to die. I put them in writing whenever God shows me anything. Jonathan is going to win again but with what God is showing me, he may not finish his term because there is going to be a lot of happenings. I am repeating it: I saw President Jonathan winning the presidential election with a landslide. There is not going to be a run-off.”
3. Prophet Olaniyi Odutayo
Prophet Olaniyi Odutayo of the World Prophetic Church, Ikeja, Lagos, was also absolutely unambiguous in his declaration that President Goodluck Jonathan would prevail in the presidential polls. The man of God, after concluding a 40-day praying and fasting session in March, last year, told Daily Independent, a Nigerian newspaper, that God had told him that Jonathan would remain in power till 2019.
“During the prayer/fasting, the Lord showed me three men trying to bury Goodluck Jonathan. Each one of them was trying to bury him one after the other, but as they push his head down, he rises up again.
When the third man pushed his head down, he thought he had prevailed, he was already jubilating (sic) but suddenly Goodluck rose up. I believe this vision is telling us that the President will have three contenders in the coming election but he will prevail. No matter how tough it seems, President Goodluck will rule come 2015. The upcoming election will be very tough for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but they will win the presidency.”
4. Dr. Chris Okafor
General Overseer of Mountain of Liberation and Miracle Ministry, aka Liberation City, Dr. Chris Okafor was more than emphatic in his prophecy that President Jonathan would remain in Aso Rock until 2019.
The cleric, who is addressed by many as Oracle of God, is said to have made many predictions that have come to pass. On who would win the 2015 presidential contest in Nigeria, Dr Okafor did not mince his words. Hear him: “God spoke to me exclusively that the current president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan will be Nigeria’s president after 2015 general elections. There will be a lot of battle. There will be a lot of betrayals. There will be a lot of court cases concerning his election, but at the end of the day, he will still remain the president because God showed me specifically that he has been ordained to run for two terms.
“God has already declared it to me. Mark what I said. If it does not come to pass, know I’m not called of God. In the second term of President Goodluck Jonathan, there will be a lot of transformation, despite battles from the opposition. Then after Jonathan’s second term, the APC will take over.”
5. Pastor Bassey James
Pastor Bassey James is the Senior Pastor of the Royal House of Faith Ministry, Lagos. And what did the prophet’s God tell him about Jonathan’s chances in 2015? On several occasions, and in very clear cadences, Pastor James averred that God told him that Jonathan would not only win the election, but would do so with a very wide margin.
The man of God said: “Lots of people have given predictions that something terrible will happen to Jonathan and that he will not win the 2015 presidential election. But Jonathan is God-sent and, therefore, will win the 2015 contest with a very wide margin. He will overcome all the political and economic issues.
“Amidst all the crisis in the country, the president will come out stronger. Jonathan will win more in the South West and in the North, and all regions will vote for Jonathan. Those who are making contrary prophecies are merely expressing wrong political calculations based on political happenings in the country. Such people should re-define their calling because they are prophesying based on party lines.
Jonathan will win 2015 election overwhelmingly, and God will back him up.”
6. Prophet Paul Okikijesu
The prophecies of Prophet Paul Okikijesu, Founder and General Overseer of Christ Apostolic Miracle Ministry appears quite scary for Jonathan.
God’s message to the prophet was quite different from what God told his fellow prophets.
Said the prophet, quoting God: “If Jonathan believes fully that all power belongs to Me and nobody has power except God, then he will win the presidential election. But within six months after the election, he will be ambushed.
“Jonathan will only rule for one year after his swearing-in-ceremony because people will poison him whereby he will be sick and die on the throne/seat. If they did not succeed, then there will be physical confrontation to terminate his life and these are the reasons why he has to surrender his life and heart totally to Me, says the Lord.”
7. Prophet Michael Olubode aka Micadeolu
Prophet Micadeolu of Celestial Church of Christ also insisted that President Jonathan would remain in Aso Rock for another term.
Said the prophet: “I want to let the people of Nigeria know that the Lord will return His Excellency, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to his presidential seat. Despite many hatred for him, it pleases the Lord God of Celestial to increase his tenure at the Presidential Villa in Aso Rock. The Lord revealed to me that the purpose of making him remain in government is to use him to build Nigeria’s economy. He will surely bring good luck to us.”
8. Apostle John Suleiman
Apostle John Suleiman is the founder of Auchi, Delta State-based Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide. His prophecy about Jonathan was quite terse. “I see President Goodluck Jonathan coming back, but troubles,” the cleric declared.
9. Apostle B.B. Frederick
A popular Ghanaian cleric and senior pastor at Wonder City Chapel, Accra, Ghana, Apostle B.B. Frederick, also predicted the triumph of Jonathan in this year’s election.
Said he: “As a man gifted by God to see the past, the current and the future beyond the curtains of the natural, I know by the inspiration of the Almighty that President Jonathan is the set man for Nigeria. His next term on the seat will bring liberation to Nigeria. It will bring hope to hopeless situations in Nigeria. On this account I therefore declare that His Excellency, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan will win the coming elections.”
10. Prophet Cletus Chukwuwuba Ilongwo
For his ability to predict situations with amazing exactitude, Prophet Cletus Chukwuwuba Ilongwo of the Holy Spirit Evangelical Ministry, Abule Ado, Lagos, has been given many sobriquets and nicknames. These include Obo Oku Jesus, and Oje Na Muo Jesus, Flame of Fire, the seer and the Vision Holder of the Power, among others. His prophecy on Jonathan’s second term victory was declared with downright certitude.
Hear him: “Just like I always say, President Goodluck Jonathan is good for Nigeria. He is the Nigerian President ordained by God and not by man. By the next election, Goodluck will surely win again. God has sealed it; nobody can change it. No demon or man can change it. Quote me, by next March election, Goodluck will be the President again.”
11. Rev. Dr. Francis Eze
Rev. Dr. Francis Eze, Senior Pastor, Greater Grace and Fire Assembly, Onitsha said God told him that Jonathan would get a second term. “Goodluck Jonathan is trying and it is God that sent him at this point in time but some don’t know,” he noted. “What I received by revelation is that APC cannot form the government at the centre now. Let them wait until the young man finishes his second tenure, because their time will come.”