Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele (JP), founder of Inri Evangelical Spiritual Church and Nigerian top seer, is noted for reeling out prophecies and spiritual declarations for the new year on a yearly basis. This year, he used the occasion for the media launch of his yearly prophecy book, ‘Warnings to the Nation’, as he made declarations on what to expect in 2018. SEYI JOHN SALAU was there.
The year 2018 will be dominated by political alignments and realignments as politicians get set for next year’s general elections. What are your expectations for the nation and what steps can be taken to avoid any misgiving?
Let’s take it as the Lord directs. I can see that the Nigerian economy will be nothing to write home about. It is obvious that Nigeria needs a messiah but I can see that it is not the APC or PDP that can save Nigeria or move the country forward. In fact, no political party can save Nigeria. We should continue to pray for a messiah. I also do not see an Igbo man emerging president of Nigeria even in 2023. I see the Igbo emerging as vice-president. The second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari will tear the Northerners as well as the Senate and House of Representatives members apart. It will be a hectic task for the PDP to remain as one united political party like before. Serious disagreement will erupt and some people will be out to create a crack in the party. So the party has to be very, very careful and prayerful.
For the APC, the party topnotch will battle hard to hold the party and keep it in peace and intact, yet I foresee serious friction and rancour brewing in the party in 2018. The government will be unrelenting in fighting corruption but corruption will be holding the country back. I see the cabal fuelling corruption, one way or the other, in government and causing other issues to hold government to ransom. Some government policies and terms may prove difficult to be properly defined to move the country forward. I see the likes of Bukola Saraki, Aminu Tambuwal, Kwankwaso, Babatunde Fashola, Ibikunle Amosun, Pat Utomi and Rotimi Amaechi as potential presidential material for the APC in the nearest future. In the PDP, I foresee the likes of Ahmed Markafi, Shekerau, Sule Lamido, Atiku Abubakar and Donald Duke as capable of wrestling power from Buhari of the APC. However, it is not going to be easy for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as he will need to do wide consultations and constantly listen to the warnings of the Lord.
In 2018, food for the common man will still be difficult to come by. The fluctuation in the economy may lead to hunger and poverty. This may cause serious uneasiness in the government and ultimately weaken the government. So the country must pray seriously for God`s intervention to enable government to do what is right at the appropriate time. Pensioners will mount pressure on the various tiers of government in protest over non-payment of their pension arrears, while the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) will be out there breathing down on government over the issue of minimum wage review. This will degenerate to the stage that people will start throwing stones on their governors in some states of the federation and there will be workers’ strike here and there over the Paris fund.
What about individuals in the country, any need for special prayers for God’s intervention?
Nigerians should pray for good health and long life for Ernest Shonekan, Wole Soyinka, IBB, Femi Falana, Olu Falae, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Alaafin of Oyo, Olubadan, Awujale, Christopher Kolade and Lateef Jakande. The case of Diezani Alison Madueke will be covered up as more things will be exposed. Politicians will indulge in hate and violent speech, particularly between the PDP and APC, during their political campaigns. Dasuki will be fighting for his freedom in the year. Biafra will witness the emergence of a new leader. Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts will be known. The judiciary will be reviewed and let us pray not to lose any judge and against fire outbreak in court. Let’s pray against death of any SAN. Lawyers may protest. Some states will have new chief judges. Some courts will be refurbished. Tell Bola Tinubu that his political leadership in Lagos State will expire after 2019 because he will be betrayed by his loyalists and they will gang up against him and there will be a change of power. I see change in the leadership of APC in Lagos State. I see some politicians, honourables, senators and governors being stoned ahead of 2019.
Let’s pray against Lassa fever, polio and cholera with monkey pox and water-borne diseases that may reoccur in Nigeria. The following states – Kano, Sokoto, Kaduna, Ebonyi, Akwa-Ibom, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Enugu, Imo, Lagos and Ogun – must guard against political tension. In Kogi, Yahaya Bello’s second term is not sure. Any serious person can take over from Yahaya Bello. If Abiodun Faleke is serious now he can unseat Yahaya Bello because Yahaya Bello will be getting it wrong. APC may lose Imo State if it does not produce the right candidate. The present PDP government in Ekiti State must work hard and strategise well to win the hearts of the people, otherwise the APC will win the governorship election come 2018 in Ekiti State. Tell Governor Fayose of Ekiti State not to relax because there is fire on the mountain and the election will go beyond his expectation. People in Ekiti may gang up against the governor and his anointed candidate. There will be a lot of measure to prevent rigging. If APC wants to win then it should consider these candidates: Fayemi, Kayode Ojo, Oni, Babafemi Ojodu and Gbenga Aluko. In Osun State, APC needs to pick the right candidate to win the seat if they are in oneness and can strategise properly. So APC must do wider consultation and pick the right candidate for the job so as not to lose as there will be division amongst PDP. Yewa in Ogun State will be disappointed in 2019.
The PDP national chairman must be very careful because of challenges and blackmail. He is ready to do his best for his party but some people may be battling him sideways. He must come closer to God. The BOT of PDP will have issues. Attempts will be made to remove the APC chairman.
What are the expectations from the Nigerian security architecture with the incessant killings and attacks across the country?
There will be a major protest in Nigeria and high level corruption will be exposed in the military. That will negatively ridicule the military. Nigerian military should pray against attack in barracks. Let us pray against bomb explosion in Lagos, Abuja, Maiduguri, Plateau, Rivers and Bauchi. Let us pray against police killing indiscriminately. I see the police and army going on protest. Let us pray against external attacks from any of the Nigerian borders. I see that strange revelations will begin to unfold about the Chibok girls. The people who sponsored their abduction will be unveiled and many other issues that will show that the dastardly act was politically motivated. Let us pray so that a plane doesn’t crash-land. We should also pray against crash of a helicopter or an aircraft over running the runway or scandalous crash of an air force plane. We should also pray against killing of a DSS personnel by the army because there will be shooting between them. Let’s pray against problems between police and DSS, army and police. The IGP will face major challenges as some DSS commanders will be redeployed. Some kidnap kingpins will be arrested because kidnapping will take another dimension. Some sea pirates will also be arrested in Nigeria and most parts of Africa. The funds recovered from looters will not be used as expected. Let us pray against food poison that will be imported to Nigeria. We should pray against bad meat in the market. Nigerians will be defrauded in another cybercrime, like the MMM.
What are the chances of APC/Buhari winning a second term bid in 2019?
I see President Buhari going into a lot of alliances for the presidential election. He will try to settle so many things, but his aides will continue to create problems for him. The only people revealed to me as capable of stabilising Buhari’s government are Fashola, Saraki and Amaechi – they are very symbolic to play a strong role to help the president. Saraki in 2018 will do a lot in the National Assembly. This will make him very outstanding and exemplary amongst his peers that Nigerians will begin to admire and regard him the more. I also foresee that his CCT trial will not see the light of day as it will be perceived to be politically motivated. The presidential candidate of the PDP will be imposed by a consensus at the party’s presidential primaries. This will cause trouble for the party. If PDP picks its candidate amongst James Ngilari, Markafi, Shekarau, Donald Duke, Sule Lamido, the party will be able to unseat Buhari. But they must seek the face of God before coming onboard.