By Jonathan Ochemeje
In Nigeria, the year 2019 appears to be the year of astrologers. As 2018 was ticking to a close, star gazers, prophets, fortune tellers and apostles were busy brandishing their quivers of predictions.
It was not surprising that the predictions of what 2019 holds were as deafening as the knuckle cracking of the New Year knockouts.
Many of the predictions bordered on the outcome of the 2019 presidential elections. As if competing with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, most of the prophets fell short of releasing the election results.
The predictions of victory are torn between the two popular presidential candidates of All Progressives Congress (APC) President Muhammad Buhari and People’s Democratic Party former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
Strangely, none of the predictions gave the not-too-popular candidates any chance of winning the elections.
There were occasions where some of the prophets seemed to have predicted on the spur of the moment.
Take the case of the prophet who had to withdraw his predictions and re-cast them in a manner that will not make them fall flat in the eye of accuracy.
Flowing with the stream of euphoria that greeted the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the flag bearer of PDP, the ‘Man of God’ categorically gave the presidential election to Atiku. The prophet turned round when he noticed a lull in the campaign camp of the former vice-president.
Another prophet made a public show of his inconsistency when he practically went cap in hand to ask for the rent for his earlier prediction that came true for an aspirant.
Curiously, his new-year prediction went in favour of the same aspirant, having possibly been rewarded for the previous prediction, lending credence to what Commentators now describe as “cash and carry prophecy” or “predictions for the highest bidder.”
Predicting of phenomenon or call it “weather forecast prediction” is no longer as popular as political predictions. In 2019, only few of the predictions were on natural phenomena.
Predictions in this area are essentially favourable, though with a sprinkling of “dooms day prophecies.” Some prophets predicted divine decimation of Boko Haram and that insecurity will disappear into the thin air.
A popular prophet from the South -South predicted that Nigeria will be as peaceful as Heaven and the economy will make a rocket bounce back.
There was not much on earthquake, plane crash and famine. Except for the one on a few prominent politicians who have been asked to watch their health.
Striking, however, is a well-respected Man of God who maintained tight lips in spite of these cacophony of predictions.
Many wonder whether the man largely regarded as the “Lord’s Lieutenant” is no longer at peace with God.
“if not, why has he not heard from God or why has the Lord not told him anything concerning 2019 and Nigeria”, they queried.
A source close to him said “Daddy” is getting increasingly mindful of his integrity and has passed beyond the age of spiritual youthful exuberance.
What then happens if these predictions fail to stand the test of accuracy, validity and reliability?
Your guess is as good as mine!