Prophetic stones for 2009

By Casmir Igbokwe
Published: Sunday, 4 Jan 2009
IN an advertorial entitled The power of the prophetic stone, in SATURDAY PUNCH of yesterday, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo urged Nigerians to join him today in his church and be the first to be launched into greatness in 2009. Such Nigerians, he adds, will also be the first to be launched into favour, breakthrough and excellence; the first to break all barriers in 2009; and the first to break new grounds.

I have adopted this ”prophetic stone” for my own purpose here today. Whatever the phrase means, let us assume that it has to do with prophecies. Hence, we shall examine some recent predictions here and then cast some stones afterwards.

First, to that of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye. To him, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes would come globally. ”But if you pray concentrated prayers, their frequency and intensity would be reduced,” the popular man of God reportedly said.

Media reports also quoted the President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, as saying that this year would be very fruitful. He said, ”Number nine signifies fruitfulness. A good Bible student would discover that God does a lot with numbers. The number nine is the number of fruitfulness. For example, we have nine gifts and fruits of the spirit. A woman carries pregnancy for nine months; so, that number in the calendar and programme of God speaks of fruitfulness.”

The Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Dr. Mike Okonkowo, also believes that this year is a year of fruitfulness.

But for the General Overseer of the Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church, Lagos, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele, there will be many troublesome events in the New Year. According to Ayodele, as reported in the SUNDAY SUN of December 28, 2008, ”Not all the senators and House of Representatives (members) will finish their term. (The) Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives will face a lot of problems. There is going to be coup against Senate President and Speaker, House of Representatives (this) year.”

He also predicted that five Speakers of state Houses of Assembly and three secretaries to state governments will be removed this year. Terrorists, he notes, will attack; two actresses will die; some state governors will go; pipeline explosion will occur; tanker drivers will protest; Ooni of Ife and Alaafin of Oyo should pray hard and so on.

I took particular interest in the predictions of Primate Ayodele because some individuals and media reports regard him as the Nostradamus of our time. They credit him with many prophecies that have come to pass. For instance, they say he predicted that the former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, would be sacked last year; and that that has come to pass.

But this same primate made some predictions in December 2007, which have gone off the mark. In his prediction reported in the NIGERIAN TRIBUNE on December 25, 2007, Ayodele said the Senate President, David Mark, might be impeached in 2008. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, he added, might face serious opposition as some lawmakers might move to impeach him.

He also noted that a frontline pastor of a fast-growing Pentecostal church, two Rep members, traditional rulers and an Islamic scholar might die. Many senators and governors, he added, would be removed. ”The Lord of hosts also revealed to me that more governors are going to be removed in 2008 either through impeachment proceedings in their respective state houses of assembly or through the state election petition tribunals,” he emphasised. He urged Nigerians to pray hard against any foreign invasion, especially through our border with Cameroon and Niger.

Perhaps, because of concentrated prayers, Mark and Bankole survived the predicted impeachment. Divine intervention may have also saved the so-called frontline pastor, Rep members, traditional rulers and an Islamic scholar from the jaws of death. Apart from Adams Oshiomhole, who dethroned former governor Oserhiemen Osunbor in Edo State via the Appeal Court judgement, I can‘t remember any other governor or senator that has been removed from office.

It is worthy to note that I also made some predictions last year (see The New Year soothsayers, SUNDAY PUNCH, January 6, 2008.) Some of them have come to pass. I predicted that former President Obasanjo might marry another wife in 2008. Although there was no formal wedding, remember that there was an altercation between him and his son over the latter‘s wife.

I also prophesied that Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State should watch his relationship with the lawmakers in his state as the plot to impeach him would thicken. Perhaps, prayers and divine intervention saved Obi.

As I predicted, there was a pipeline explosion at Ijegun, a suburb of Lagos State. In line with my prediction, the explosion consumed many lives and property. Many women also lost their children.

True to my prediction, the electric power situation in the country did not improve. Besides, many Nigerian children died of malaria, cholera and diarrhoea. So far, I cannot yet estimate the number of deaths that resulted from motor accidents. The month of December alone claimed many lives.

Apparently due to divine intervention, the judiciary could not deliver any radical ruling as regards the contentious election petition against President Umaru Yar‘Adua as I predicted. The forces in the Peoples Democratic Party, who do not want Yar‘Adua to remain in office, failed woefully in their plot to ease him out of office.

This year, I don‘t want to go into specific predictions. But I see the Federal Government reducing the prices of petroleum products. If it does that, it will be following the footsteps of the South African Government, which has reportedly said it would reduce the prices of fuel by about 18 per cent. Media reports on Friday indicated that the prices of diesel in that country would drop by 20 per cent from January 7.

For those who are downcast, Yar‘Adua has given hope. He said, ”With the systematic planning process that we have put in place and our renewed team, we will forge ahead with our agenda for rapid improvements in critical areas with greater vigour and total dedication, even as we face the challenge of attuning ourselves to the pressures of global economic recession and plunging oil prices.” As far as the President is concerned, the promise of Nigeria would not continue to remain a potential. ”It will soon be redeemed. Our season of renewal has dawned,” he affirmed.

As individuals and as a nation, let us resolve to collectively throw stones at our misfortunes, ignorance and gullibility. Let us set goals for ourselves and engage in practical ways to achieve those goals. Let us stop this grand delusion called predictions and presidential promises.

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