COLUMNBy Karl Lyimo
Opinion pollsters and two Nigerian Prophets – Joshua and Ameh – ‘saw’ Mama Clinton winning the November 8 US Presidential election! Where do we go from here, if modern-day prophesies are no better than political opinion polls?
I IMPLORE esteemed readers to read the following extracts from a public address on TV at the dawn of Year- 2016. They should then attempt to answer the questions that follow… ‘There’ll be large-scale scarcity of food.
As a continent (Africa), we’ve to go back to the farm to arrest the forthcoming situation… I encourage governments to invest in agriculture, and to grant loans to deserving citizens to augment their effort… ‘Africa’s supposed to be the world’s breadbasket. We’re supposed to produce a large quantum of food for the world.
That’s our natural resource base. Food should be our primary export… food in exchange for technology… ‘ Question: who’d the speaker here be, pray: a State President – or some other principal political leader exhorting people to move Heaven, Earth – and Hades in-between – in fighting Climate Change and boosting agricultural production?
Let’s try again with the following extract on the political scene: ‘African leaders must address the political situation’ – otherwise ‘terrorist attacks’ll increase. More African countries will be under siege by terrorists because of the pros and cons in choosing state leaders.
‘Mishandling of electoral processes will create a conducive atmosphere for potential terrorists… People’ll stop investing in politics because of limited resources and challenges; this’d pave the way for those with genuine intentions to run for political office… ‘
Question: could the speaker be (say) the President of AU’s Africa Commission – or perhaps Chairman of some National Electoral Commission? If your answers are along the lines of the questions above, then you couldn’t be further from the truth.
The reality on the ground’s that the speaker was the self-made Nigerian ‘Prophet’ TB Joshua, Pastor of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations! The occasion was a live broadcast on his ‘Emmanuel- TV’ regarding predictions for the New Year-2016 especially directed at Africa. Recently named ‘one of the world’s most famous prophets’ by a ranking American website, Joshua spoke scathingly about Africa – citing the inability by African leaders to profitably-manage the Continent’s teeming resources as Africa’s major bane! [See ‘TB Joshua’s Alarming 2016 Predictions;’ ]. [I couldn’t agree more with him on that score… But, that’s a tale for another day… ]
Reportedly, the highlycontroversial Republican Candidate Donald Trump (70) ‘won’ the Presidency by 289 of the 538 Electoral College votes, as against 218 votes for his Democrat rival, Ms Hillary Clinton (69)! All that’s despite the latter garnering around 175,000 (or is it 2m?) of the popular votes more than her rival, the Republican machismo!
That’s America for you: selfstyled ‘Land of the Free and Home of the Brave’… Even if Mama Clinton had also ‘got’ the Electoral College’s ‘missing’ 31 votes (out of the total 538), she still wouldn’t make it to the White House! Oh… Let’s get back to our TB Joshua who’d prophesied on Nov. 6 that he saw a woman winning the election… Indeed, Mama Clinton wasn’t declared winner! ‘Ten days ago, I saw the new President of America with a narrow win.
It only needed 270 Electoral College votes to win – which Trump narrowly exceeded by 19. However, the President-elect is already facing protests rocking his boat in and outside the US – with thousands of Americans already seeking to have the results overturned… ]
Then Prophet Joshua dropped the clanger, wistfully stating that ‘what I frankly saw (in his prophesy) IS A WOMAN!’ [Google for ‘Oops! TB Joshua ‘prophesied’ a Clinton victory!’]. Never mind that he later tried to worm out of the mess, arguing that a woman (Clinton) did win the POPULAR, individual vote.
But the presidential winner, Trump, is no woman, I say! Another Nigerian Prophet, Emmanuel Ameh, also got it wrong, prophesying that he saw ‘protests, violence and riots AFTER THE VICTORY OF HILLARY CLINTON.
Donald Trump won’t accept defeat… !’ Sheesh… Postelection protests yes… ; Hillary Clinton victory… ? NO! Where does that leave modern-day ‘Joshuas,’ pray… ? Up a creek on a dark wet night in a leaking canoe with a broken paddle, I say! Now, who do we turn to if we can no longer rely upon our modern version of prophets? That leaves us between a rock and a hard place… Tears!