Enoch Adeboye, revered clergyman and General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, took a subtle swipe at Christian ministers who are speculating on the next Nigerian president.
It is noteworthy that, recently, famous clergy Elijah Ayodele, of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Home, released a rather speculative ‘prophecy’ on the matter.
“There will be a lot that will surround who will become the next president of Nigeria. The person will not be too old or too young. The person will have a clean bill of health from scandals. Of course, the Igbo will find it difficult and tough. They will come up with propaganda in order to keep them in the race, said Ayodele
“In the 2023 election, Nigeria will want to pick the best candidate. The Northern states will be divided; some will support the South while some people will support the North. Governors from the Southern states will not speak with one voice. The Governors will be divided on personal grounds,” he added, without being definitive.
In his comment during the church’s Crossover Service, Pastor Adeboye said, unlike such pastors, God hadn’t told him who would govern the country next.
“When God speaks, He speaks specifically. There is no may be or perhaps; He speaks. So, if you hear somebody prophesy, ‘It is likely one of the following people will succeed’, that’s not a prophecy; that’s personal opinion.
When God speaks, He will say, ‘This fellow will succeed, that fellow is not going to make it’. That is the way God speaks; He doesn’t say, ‘It is likely’, said the 79 years old Adeboye.
Adeboye then told a story:“Years ago, there were three people contesting to be President of Nigeria— (MKO) Abiola, Aminu Kano and (Bashir) Tofa. At that time, I was President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria and so the other Pentecostal people asked me, ‘Sir, what do we do? Who do we vote for? There are three of them – all Muslims. Who is going to win sir?’ I said, ‘None’. They said, ‘How can that be? If you toss a coin, when it lands, it is either head or tail’. I said, ‘None’.
“They said, ‘Why?’ I said because God told me. He spoke in parables. He said the winner will be the loser, the loser will be the winner and luckiest of them is Aminu Kanu. Aminu Kanu died before the election. Abiola won but he never got to the throne and the fellow who lost at least didn’t have the embarrassment of winning and not reigning. The winner is the loser and the loser is the winner, the luckiest of them was the one who died. When it played out, my colleagues came to me and said, ‘Well, it seems as if you really heard.’”
For example, if somebody asks me today like many people are already doing, ‘Daddy, who is going to be our next President?’ The answer is: I don’t know. ‘How can you say you don’t know? You’re Daddy’s (God’s) son.’ He hasn’t told me yet. You don’t do guesswork with prophecy.”