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Jitters over TB Joshua death prophecy

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Prominent Nigerian preacher and televangelist, Prophet Temitope Balogun (TB) Joshua, said on Sunday the death of an African leader he first prophesied about in early February was now imminent.

TB Joshua, who is the founder of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), said the leader would die suddenly within 60 days from the day he first issued the prophecy on February 6, implying the head of State in question was expected to die sometime this week.

Just like in the first instance, the controversial prophet, however, did not immediately disclose the name of the president and country. He said he would only do so when the date drew “very close”, leaving more room for widespread conjecture.

“What I was saying is very close now, you want to hear more, and it’s very, very close now. Whether you like it or not, this is what I’ve seen. Pray for a leader; well, God showed me everything, but I’m praying to see if this thing can be changed,” TB Joshua said.

“Pray for your leader, the head of a nation. I’m seeing a sudden death; this is as a result of sickness.”

He also said the leader was not from West Africa, narrowing the list of presidents around whom speculation has been swirling.

In Southern Africa, elderly leaders are Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (76), President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe (89), Zambia’s Michael Sata (75), Angola’s Eduardo Dos Santos (69) and Malawi’s Bingu wa Mutharika (78).

When the first prophecy was issued, it caused jitters in Zanu PF corridors, with party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo dismissing it as taboo.

“It goes against tradition. You do not talk about such things. It is taboo. I do not believe in these prophecies, visions and dreams,” Gumbo was quoted saying.

According to online reports, wa Mutharika, reportedly scoffed at fears over his health after the prophecy and is said to have hosted religious leaders at State House.

“I am not going to die because someone wants me to die,” he was quoted saying as speculation gripped Malawi. “It is only God who knows when I was born and when I will die.”

TB Joshua has correctly foretold many events in the past. These include the death of Michael Jackson, the resignation of Pakistan’s former president Pervez Musharraf, the rise of the current Ghana president, John Atta Mills, the death of Zambia’s president Levy Mwanawasa and Zambia’s victory at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Gabon.

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