Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has the activities of those who claim to be prophets were among Nigeria’s biggest problems.
The clergyman described such people as two-edged swords who have consistently deceived and confused Nigerians using God’s name.
In a lecture entitled “Transition to Democracy: Can Nigeria Ride the Wave?” which he delivered at the convocation organised by Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Bishop Kukah who wondered how somebody in the name of prophesy could wakeup and prophesy that President Goodluck Jonathan will win the 2015 presidential election and again prophesy that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari will win. He described such prophecies as Nigeria’s problems which the people have failed to acknowledge.
The Catholic Priest of Enugu Diocese and proprietor of Adoration Ground, Reverend Father Ejike Mbaka had first prophesied that President Jonathan would win the March 28 poll and later said that Buhari would win the contest.
Kukah said: “In Nigeria, we do not know our problem. It is in Nigeria that somebody will wake up and say I prophesy that Jonathan will become President and wake up another day to say I prophesy that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari will be the President and still go further to say okay, if Buhari did not become President, somebody else will become; one of the two.
“The reason for this, is so that whichever way it goes, he will claim to have prophesied it,” he added.
He noted that the issue of prophesy was an indication of how dysfunctional Nigeria has become, adding that the word prophecy is merely interpreting the present.
“For instance, if I see you drink one bottle of Gulder beer and went ahead to drink a second bottle till the sixth bottle and you tell me, Bishop I will be driving to Enugu soon and I asked you, are you sure you will get to Enugu and you say, Bishop do not worry I will reach. If I prophesy that you are going to fall into a pit on your way and it came to pass. Such is not prophecy because it was clear that after drinking six bottles of alcohol that you were going to fall into a pit. So, prophecy is interpretation of the present.”
He appealed to academics to rise against Nigeria’s present challenges by always giving first hand answers on what outcome Nigerians should expect on political, economic and social conditions rather than allowing the country become a playing card in the hands of anybody in the name of prophecy.


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