Fears are now rife as two popular Nigerian pastors had at several times prophesised about the political and economic misfortune that may befall the country.
This is against the background of widespread protests over police brutality and harassment engulfing Nigeria steadily growing in momentum.
In his New Year 2020 prophecies, Dr. Daniel Olukoya, the General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), declared “2020 is a year where round-the-clock prayers are needed against national restlessness plus political and economic confusion.”
Olukoya who tagged 2020 as the ‘Year of Revival and New Glory,” urged Nigerians “Let me recommend to those who love this country that we should spare one day as believers and pray for Nigeria.”
Also, a video of T.B. Joshua, the General Overseer of The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), has resurfaced on social media, predicting a ‘revolution’ to be instigated by Nigerian youths
The video, which was originally aired on July 14, 2013, shows Joshua sharing a revelation to the congregation of which he titled ‘Carry Your Youths Along.’
“I am seeing a revolution,” the clergyman bluntly began, adding that “every revolution starts by protests.”
“I’m seeing people taking to the streets,” he continued, adding that the authorities would attempt unsuccessfully to quash the protests with police.
“You can stop protests but you cannot stop revolution. When it becomes a revolution, everybody is ready to die, so you can’t stop it,” he stated.
“It might be stopped at the beginning. Eventually, it will become so big that it cannot be stopped. This I see happen. Nigeria, pray,” he stated in the clip.
The clergyman, however, proffered a solution, calling on the Nigerian government to actively engage its young people, recognising they are the “leaders of tomorrow”.
“God has given us the way out. The way out – job creation for the youth and the creation of a new social value system,” he said.
“No matter the education the youth have, they feel they have no place in politics and there is no job to keep them busy,” he continued, calling for a “new orientation” especially in the political sphere.
“In politics, the youth should be considered for important positions such as assistants to elders. While the elders are ministers, the youth should be junior ministers,” he advised. “By doing this, we are training them to take over tomorrow.”
The prominent Pastor reiterated “Revolution is a weapon of change that is coming. This is the vision I saw – revolution is coming when people will take to the streets because life has no value anymore to the people,” he said, adding that the “coming ominous signs are disastrous.”
Joshua appealed to those in leadership to “carry your youth along” in “politics and administration, especially in ruling your country”, adding that Nigeria’s young people “want to see themselves represented in every area of life.”
“When we carry the youth along, whenever there is a revolt, they will be available to readily speak to their colleagues,” he also noted.
The Pastor insisted the revelation was “the voice of God” and “none of this will go without being fulfilled”.
“As sure as God lives, I, T. B. Joshua, will tell you only what God says. If I am hated, persecuted or intimidated because of my accurate prophetic messages, blessed be to God who gives the prophecy. The day will declare who is in the right and who is in the wrong, says the Lord,” Joshua concluded.
The protests, which have drawn huge crowd throughout Nigeria’s major cities, have morphed from insistence on the abolition of the notorious SARS police unit to impassioned calls for good governance and accountability among Nigerian politicians.
In 2012, Primate Ayodele warned Nigerians to brace up for a revolution, which appears inevitable.
“I foresee a revolution coming,” said Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele, General Overseer of NRI Spiritual Evangelical Church, Lagos.