Nigeria’s most prominent yet controversial Prophet, T.B Joshua, of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, on Sunday said he told President Goodluck Jonathan that he would lose the March 28 presidential election.
Mr. Joshua said he sent his message privately to the President several week before the election.
The president, who was looking to go for a second term on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, went down in history as the first incumbent Nigerian president to lose an election as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was declared winner by over two million votes.
Mr. Jonathan has since accepted the outcome of the election and congratulated Mr. Buhari on his victory.
“I want to use this moment to congratulate Nigerians in our midst here”, Prophet Joshua began in a message to his multi-national congregation, televised live via his Christian channel, Emmanuel TV.
Alluding to his prediction a week to the election that the dark cloud he saw hovering over Nigeria was lifting, he said that a bloody ‘war’ would have ensued if not for the prompt concession of power by President Jonathan.
“Look, Nigeria wanted change – everyone was yearning for change. An attempt to stop change leads to war, to a bloodbath… If Nigeria knows what we have overcome, we would dance”, Mr. Joshua said.
Mr. Joshua praised Mr. Jonathan’s tenure insisting that he had served his nation well despite the immense security challenges.
“I really want to salute President Jonathan. The President has served; he has done his best. It was just the season of crisis – and unfortunately he found himself at the lead in the season of crisis”, he said.
The philanthropic cleric said ‘God’ spoke to him with a message for Mr. Jonathan several weeks before the general elections.
He said God told him -“This message should be delivered to your president, that whatever the outcome of this election, his regime has come to an end. He should accept to save the lives of millions”, he told the congregation.
The ‘Man of God’ claimed he called the president by phone, adding that he had previously shared with him many prophecies concerning Nigeria, which eventually were fulfilled.
The seriousness of the revelation was such that it had to be relayed personally to the president so as not to affect votes, Mr. Joshua said.
President Jonathan promptly sent a close aide to meet the cleric.
After the presidential aide had worshipped at his church during a Sunday service, Mr. Joshua said he met him and relayed the revelation that Mr. Jonathan’s regime had come to an end. “Soft landing – that is the language I sent to the president”, he told attendees.
Mr. Joshua described the outgoing president as a man who ‘has a heart for God’, revealing that he even spoke with the Nigerian president shortly before his historic concession call to President-elect, Buhari.
“I said to him, ‘Your Excellency – all you need to say is thank You, Jesus, even when it seems there is nothing to be thankful for. He said, ‘Thank you, man of God’. Before I knew it, I saw the news on CNN that he had congratulated his opponent”, Mr. Joshua said.
He also prayed that people from the ‘South-South’ region of Nigeria, where President Jonathan hails from, would realize that ‘their son has become a hero’, adding that his (Jonathan) actions prove the region is after a united Nigeria.
The cleric added that his prophetic ministry is the reason he does not take sides in politics. “That is why I don’t belong to any party. All the parties are my own. I love everyone. If I belong to this party and the message of God is now against that party, how will I present it – when no one knows the mind of God? It is better I am free to deliver God’s message”.
He also explained that material gain was not his mission and that no exchange of money can be involved when it comes to spiritual matters such as prophecy.
“I am a material to be used that will not cost you any money. I am afraid to collect money from you because if I collect it, it will affect the gift and grace of God in my life”.
The Prophet prayed for the incoming administration led by the All Progressives Congress. “Join me to pray for the new government, headed by President-Elect Buhari. Ask God to give our President a hearing heart – a heart that will listen to what the public is saying and want to know God’s opinion”, he said.