LAGOS, Nigeria — The office of an African false prophet says that it “mistakenly” deleted his recent prophesy of Hillary Clinton winning the 2016 presidential election now that Clinton lost the election to billionaire business mogul Donald Trump.
T.B. Joshua is the leader of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) in Lagos, Nigeria and the founder of Emmanuel T.V., one of the largest Christian-identifying networks in Africa. On Sunday, he posted to Facebook that God had given him a vision of the new president, and that it was a woman.
“Ten days ago, I saw the new president of America with a narrow win,” he wrote. “The new president will be facing several challenges over many issues, including passing bills, attempts to possibly pass a vote of no confidence on the new president. The boat of the new president will be rocked.”
“By the way, in order not to keep you in suspense, what I frankly saw is a woman,” Joshua added.
But following Tuesday’s election and backlash over his prophesy being false, Joshua’s office deleted the post. Some sneered that his words had been removed and created captioned photos in mockery.
One post was a photo of Pinnochio with the caption “T.B. Joshua: Hillary will win,” and another showed a boy writing a letter with the caption, “Dear T.B. Joshua, this is two write to you about the false prophesy about Hillary Clinton winning the election.”
However, Joshua’s post was later reinstated, and the Social Media Department of Joshua’s office told reporters that it was “mistakenly removed and has been reposted as such is not our policy.”
Reaction to Joshua’s reinstated post has been mixed, but with the majority being quick to defend him.
“My prophet can’t lie, so much believe in him. He saw it ten days ago, but God can still change things under a second. That is why He is God,” one commenter wrote. “For mockers [I] am very sorry; may God open your eyes because it take a prophet to know a prophet.”
“There’s no mistake in this prophesy,” another asserted. “If God says that the president is a woman, no matter what it looks like,what is said shall come to pass. God honors His word and the world will know that through these elections!”
“Our great prophet T.B. Joshua blew this one!” a third wrote. “When last week I read about his prophesy regarding the US presidential election, I said rather silently to myself that TB Joshua padded his message with a little bit of political commentary that might turn out to haunt him later. We deserve an explanation from him, for his credibility is at stake.”
“Do you know the level of mockery T.B. Joshua has reduced Christiandom and his followers to? The Muslims right now are laughing at you guys,” another stated. “He even deleted the post before; he is behaving like a corrupt politician. What I [don’t] understand is how someone reasonable thinks or says that God changed His prophecy at [the] last minute.”