ON Friday, July 3, 2015, Primate Babatunde Elijah Ayodele, founder and spiritual head of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Oke-Afa, Ejigbo, Lagos, unveiled the 2015/16 edition of his popular book of prophecies, Warnings to the Nations (WTN).
The humble clergy spoke on this and issues of national interest in his interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly that same day at his church office.
The 2015/16 edition of your popular book, Warnings to the Nations (WTN) was unveiled today, Friday, July 3, 2015. How do you feel about that?
It’s great, and I am happy about it. I give God the glory.
When exactly did you start the publication?
We started in 1994/95. And since, we have not looked back. It has been consistent. We give God the glory.
That means the publication has spanned about 20 years, how has the experience been like?
Very fantastic! It has been great and wonderful all through. I am happy with what I am doing for God. I am very happy He gave me the opportunity to serve in His vineyard.
Do you receive commendations from the public on the publications?
Yes, of course. And I am motivated by that.
What differentiates this edition from the previous ones?
The current edition is more voluminous. It has about 150 pages. And it’s translated into French so that those in the Francophone countries can as well benefit from it.
What has been the response from outside the shores of Nigeria?
Fantastic! We have even got a letter from Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Natanyahau. We also got a letter from British Prime Minister, David Cameron and from different organizations home and abroad. When we sent the book to them, they read and appreciate what we’re doing for the nations.
Is this edition for sale or is going to be given out free to anybody who is interested in having a copy?
When you look at the book you will know how much it would cost to print a book of that quality. Although, it may not be all that beautiful, it really gulped huge amount. If we can publish this kind of book and give it out for free, it will be good. But one thing that’s sure is that a substantial number of copies of the book will be given out without collecting a dime while other members of the public can get theirs if they are interested.
Can you tell us something fresh from this edition?
I can’t remember everything. There are lots of messages contained in the book. Is it the ship that capsized in Phillipines which we have earlier said? Is it the drama happening in the National Assembly? And many others. It has been revealed in the book that there will be a cabal to frustrate the government of President Muhammadu Buhari. This cabal will be from the house, governors, ex-presidents and even from his own party. And if he relies on this cabal, most of his agenda will be frustrated. People will continue to tackle what he said that I am for nobody, I am for everybody in order to work against him. Definitely, Buhari will try his best, but he’s not the Messiah we’re expecting. He will only try to do a lot but people surrounding him will want to frustrate him. It’s going to take him time to tackle a lot of things, especially the economic problem the country is battling now. The economy is not going to be stable until about eight or nine years. The issue of corruption is also there. He has a lot of corrupt people around him. His party will also give him some advice which he will not want to agree with. So, the party needs to understand the president for the nation to move forward.
And the move to remove Bukola Saraki will cause a lot of problem. There will be a lot of ups and downs in his government. And Buhari needs to put some people like Babatunde Fashola, Rotimi Amaechi in his government. They should be part of the people that will surround him. In terms of security, he should leave the present Inspector General of Police (IG) that former President Jonathan picked for us to have good security. He will help him in terms of security. He will definitely perform well. Also, not all the governors will finish their terms. And there is going to be a lot of drama in the tribunal. Also, not all the senators will finish their terms. A lot will happen at the tribunal. Some may not get their victory from the tribunal but they will get it from court. Apart from all these, there will be a lot from the naira devaluation and it’s going to affect the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor. Buhari is going to change the CBN governor. He’s also going to change the service chiefs and of course, change so many things, including our aviation industry. In all, we all need to pray for the president for good health. And he has to take his time to tackle issues. He should get his routine right to perform. And there is going to be a constitutional amendment. There is going to be a lot of rancor in the house. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has a beautiful agenda for the house and the nation as a whole, but there are some forces that will be fighting him. So, it will be difficult for him to have peace on that seat. And the Speaker needs to be very careful and watch his utterances because they want to fight him totally.
Can you still recall some of your prophecies that have come to pass as contained in the previous editions of WTN since inception?
How many can I recall? They were so many. I give God the glory. I can only read some that were documented for reference sake. In 1994, when the book I presented today was known as Present and Future Watch, we predicted the 1994 Nations Cup in Tunisia that Nigeria will lift the cup. It came to pass as foretold. That was the eye opener that boosted the image of the church.
In 1995, came the prophecy that the name of the then National Electoral Commission (NEC) will have a new name. The Abacha government then changed it to National Electoral Commission of Nigeria. Also, we prophesied that some finance houses will close shops. Many of the finance houses then crumbled. We equally predicted in 2000/2001 that Intercontinental Bank then, Nigeria Bank and Hallmark Bank should pray not to go under. All the banks later collapsed and a lot more.
What’s even the essence of prophecy in the life of a man or a nation?
The essence of prophecy is to talk about what is coming ahead of us; it could be in the next one to three years in advance. There is no permutation about it. Today, it is for the government to be kept abreast of what is coming in all spheres like the crisis in Tunisia, Kuwait and Yemen. So, people should stop judging the prophets. All is in the Hand of God. The Lord can change anything revealed, especially if the person or nation concerned prays.
– TADE ASIFAT