POPULAR Nigerian prophet, Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as TB Joshua, has predicted turmoil for a southern African president between February and April this year, a forecast likely to incite anxiety among South Africans.
In his televised prophecy on January 3 to thousands of his congregates gathered at his Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria, TB Joshua predicted trouble for a Southern African President that will take place between February and April this year.
“I am being careful so that the Press does not misquote me because the message is very sensitive and some direct words have been replaced to avoid causing panic. Words such as peculiar are just a replacement of the actual sensitive direct word,” TB Joshua said.
The charismatic preacher, who commands a large following across the globe, is famed for prophesying the death of the late Malawian leader, Bingu wa Mutharika, in 2012, a predication which came to pass that same year.
“End of February to April this year, peculiar months for Southern Africa. Organise prayer sessions for the leaders,” TB Joshua said, without elaborating.
He said he would not reveal anything regarding the calamity likely to befall a Southern African leader because the message was highly sensitive.
But the prophecy has ignited panic in South African — a country that has its economy on the brink and is under the stewardship of the soon-to-be 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
While the prophecy could raise consternation in South African, local authorities may take heart that two other Malawian prophets have made similar prophecies that proved to be fake.
First to strike was controversial Malawian prophet, Austin Liabunya, who told his church during a New Year cross-over service in Lilongwe on January 1, 2015 that “Mugabe’s biological clock will not tick beyond this year”.
In February 2015, another Malawian prophet, Kenneth Eagle, of the Holy Tabernacle Ministries in Lilongwe, claimed the Zimbabwe leader would not end last year alive.
Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday refused to comment on the matter, saying he was now seized with party policy issues and would not respond to “mere matters”.
“This year, I am commenting on policy issues only, not everything that you guys want a comment on,” he said.
TB Joshua also had a good message for South Africans, whose currency has been on a free-fall, saying the instability currently being experienced was temporary.
He, however, warned that the region would experience its worst food shortages in living memory.
“There will be scarcity and shortage of food because of little rain and at wrong times, which is not good for farming. Many farmers will be discouraged,” TB Joshua said.
As advice to the region, TB Joshua said construction of dams and irrigation projects could solve the food crisis.
The well-travelled preacher also warned governments not to surrender their companies to foreigners due to desperation.
He said the crisis bedevilling the region would come to an end by mid-year and that the countries would come out of the problems stronger than before.
TB Joshua’s prophecy is also likely to rouse interest in Zambia, where two presidents have died while in office in recent years.