A video uploaded on the YouTube channel of controversial Nigerian pastor TB Joshua on April 14 claims he rightly predicted the Nyanya motor park attack in Abuja, Nigeria federal capital on November 10th 2013 by suspected militants of the brutal Boko Haram Islamic sect.
The video is a 1.28 second version of the original in which TB Joshua says inter alia;
“Listen to me, my people in Nigeria. Once again, take note of this: Our security should be vigilant. I am seeing a very big strike — explosion. They should take care of Abuja — capital. When I talk, you see me in a bad light. But I will keep talking. I don’t need to say the state but I am saying it. This is what I am seeing happen in Abuja. They should pray. What can they do to capture this?”
This is the video
However, TB Joshua and his “apostles” and a very brilliant video editor released what gullible believers will swallow hook, line and sinker forgetting there is an original version of the same video he made on November 10 2013. In the original version, the Nigeria “man of God” said the explosion will happen “…towards the end of this month or the middle of December” (2013)
Among other things, he also says 99 percent of people fighting for boko haram are not even Nigerians and it is not criminal for him to predict things in his country.
In the original video, TB, also explained why he does not “predict” good events and his critics have since labelled him a “prophet of doom”. He accepted some people will believe in him and others will not.
Here is the original video
In the original version, TB Joshua gave a time frame for the Abuja attacks which was cleverly edited out of the sanitized version that Emmanuel TV released on April 14 2014
“Listen to me, my people in Nigeria. Once again, take note of this: Our security should be vigilant. I am seeing a very big strike — explosion. Towards the end of this month, or the middle of next month they should take care of Abuja, capital.” TB originally said
A Nigerian news website 3-men.com also released this Reuters news story published on November 9 2013, a day before TBs “prediction” about the Abuja blasts.
Part of the Reuters story reads;
“Intelligence available indicates that the terrorists were in the process of finalizing plans to carry out simultaneous suicide attacks in Abuja and Kano”
This CNN story of January 28 2014 clearly shows 45 people were killed following a suspected boko haram attack on a market in Kano state. On April 14 2014, the murderous Boko Haram killed more than 70 people when it attacked a bus terminal in nyanya motor park near Abuja.
Ibrahim Shuaibu, the Reuters correspondent who initially said in his November 9 2013 report that intelligence reports indicated Boko haram was finalizing plans to attack Abuja and Kano should be rightly credited for “prophesying” both events and NOT TB Joshua.
What must have happened
Religious business mogul TB Joshua simple read the Reuters November 9 2014 report and made his “prediction” a day later. He must have thought since the credible London based news agency had intelligence Kano and Abuja will be attacked soon (without giving a definite date) he could safely predict the attacks will happen within a months’ time. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The Kano attacks happened in January, a month later than TBs prediction while the Abuja attack happened more than four months later.
TB has been caught pants down but his team still had the audacity to release a highly edited version of his prediction on the day hundreds of families were mourning the deaths of their loved ones.
TB Joshua simples uses news trends to “predict” what might likely happen and makes millions of dollars annually from that and his related activities including “healing” people in “God’s name”. A band of diehard religious followers believe and will swear by his “divine” powers, which he does not possess. TB Joshua is just a brilliant businessman with a great business model and he is not the only one doing that in Nigeria and across the globe. “prophets of doom” is a fitting description of these false prophets.