A West African adage says ‘it is only a tree that will remain fixed in its position after a threat to cut it down’. Yes, I bet you, it is only trees, not humans!
How many of you believe in prophesy? I tell you, a visit to most churches will show you how ‘men of God’ are being revered by ‘faithful members’ and how these members hollow and see words from these men of God as sacred.
Anyway, while many consider ‘men of God’ that dish out prophecies as ‘demi-gods’,’ powerful’ ‘oracle’, others see them as liars or perhaps men backed up with one diabolic power or the other.
Recently, one of Nigeria’s revered and high-profile pastor, who is well-known for dishing out prophecies about individuals, nations and so forth prophesied that Malawian and Zimbabwean presidents would go down to the grave before April 1, 2016.
State television reports that in response to T.B Joshua’s prophesy, Malawian President Peter Mutharika attacked the well-known founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations Prophet T.B Joshua.
Mutharika fired back at the prophet during a rally in the country’s capital Lilongwe. He was quoted saying,
“I’m told there is a man in Nigeria called Joshua and he is saying that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe and Peter Mutharika will die before April 1.”
“Let me tell you, Joshua… you will fail. What you did in 2012 will not happen again this year.”
TB Joshua made headlines in 2012 when his prediction concerning the death of Malawian President Bingu Wa Mutharika came to pass after being widely reported in African media.
TB Joshua prophesied this message during a Sunday live service broadcast on his Christian television channel Emmanuel TV.
He said an African President will fall sick and eventually die but did not mention the name of the country and the President. His followers also claim that he had prophesied the death of the late Zambian President Michael Sata
Meanwhile, Malawian President Mutharika failed to mention when or where the prophet released the latest prophecy.
But in January, Joshua reportedly gave a televised prophecy, telling his congregation to pray for the leaders in southern Africa, saying: “End of February to April this year, peculiar months for Southern Africa.”
Mutharika bashed the prophet from behind, questioning his credentials as a prophet. The African leader made reference to the collapse of a guesthouse in his sprawling Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos in September 2014, which left 116 people dead, mostly South Africans.
“Why did he not foretell this tragedy? “This all shows that he is a liar. He just wants to raise money,” said Mutharika.”
The Nigerian controversial prophet has been under fire for several times for allegedly hiring people to pretend to be sick and disabled and then claim to heal them during his prayer meetings.
He was recently ranked the 13th most famous pastor in the world by a group known as Movement for Progress Initiative.
Before her death in 2012, late president Bingu Mutharika made several visits to the Nigerian headquarters of Joshua’s church and once described the prophet as her “spiritual father“. Mutharika
President Mutharika who is in his mid-70s came to power in 2014 after defeating Joyce Banda. Banda, who succeeded Bingu after her death in 2012.
The president is hoping to contest the 2019 presidential election and that of 2024, after which- if elected, he will wave power goodbye.