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About a year and six months ago in these epistles, I warned, calling on Ghana to pray about what I saw coming. Speaking later at an international prayer conference in August 2015, I repeated the alarm, which stirred some discerning Ghanaian delegates in some of whose enquiring ears I offered further clarifications. I go back to check what then I’d written: “‘Change’ – they have carried out an experiment in Nigeria; they soon want to try it out in Ghana, and thereafter in other more Christianity-vocal nations of Africa, to get the Church to sing their song and endorse their Armageddon.” I warned that ‘they’ were going to use the bait of the “change” slogan and the lie of an anti-corruption fight to blind and divide the Church and get it to endorse their agenda; that they seek to ride the Christian Trojan horse into and take Jerusalem. I might yet not make much sense, but I am concerned for what I see.

Early this month, Ghana had her elections that produced Nana Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party as President-elect. He is 72 years. He and his wife are described on a few political campaign Facebook pages as “devout Christians who regularly attend the Ridge Church, Accra.” His vice is Mahamudu Bawumia, 53 years old, the 12th son of Alhaji Mumuni Bawumia’s 18 children, a Mamprugu Royal descendant from the north. He is namesake to Mohamadu Buhari of Nigeria. He had been Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana and was also once his nation’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He was a founding member of the Northern Peoples Party that merged with other opposition parties that coalesced into the current New Patriotic Party that has won the election. Sounds much like the story of the APC perennial metamorphosis in Nigeria.

The incumbent (or out-going) president is John Dramani Mahama, a member of the Assemblies of God Church. His vice is Kwesi Amisah-Arthur of the Methodist Church. John Mahama was vice president to John Atta Mills at whose death in office he succeeded his boss, becoming the first vice president to be sworn in as president on July 24, 2012, at the death of the president. Six months later in December, he won a contested election to commence his first term. This month, he lost the bid for a second term; he lost the election to Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, who are billed to be sworn into office on January 7, 2017.

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I can already sense some agitated intellectual querying this babbler for unnecessary religious sensationalism, especially as Mahamudu Bawumia is only a second Muslim vice president, after Alhaji Aliu Mahama in 2001. Everybody does not always see what everybody else sees, especially when the seeing eyes have been divinely privileged to do so. My burden is probably clarified by the following news report, which has been denied, as it is the tradition to do, by the government of Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has covertly interfered in the electoral process that led to the victory of Ghana’s opposition New Patriotic Party, NPP, candidate Nana Akufo-Addo in the just concluded Ghana presidential elections, The Trent can report.

According to a source with intimate knowledge of the situation, barely a week to the December 7, 2016 presidential election in Ghana, President Buhari approved the release of $75 million to the presidential campaign of Nana Akufo-Addo, the NPP candidate, with the aim of installing him as the new president of Ghana. Just like General Buhari, Akufo-Addo, aged 72, ran his presidential campaign on the message of “CHANGE” [my emphasis].

The Trent gathered exclusively on Friday, December 9, 2016 that President Buhari’s interference in Ghana’s presidential election was executed by a special delegation from Nigeria led by Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai who arrived Ghana days before the election under the guise of being an “election observer” [my emphases].

According to first-hand sources, Governor El-Rufai, who lodged at the Movenpick Hotel Accra, displayed more than passing interest in the Ghanaian presidential polls. He propagated the campaign message of the leading opposition candidate in the poll, and also joined in unofficially announcing that Akufo-Addo had won the elections long before the results were declared.

… Akufo-Addo, the new president-elect may have lost this election but for the last minute cash bailout by President Buhari. …This helped a great deal on Election Day mobilisation of voters, hiring of buses from Accra to different parts of the country to convey voters to their hometowns where they are registered to vote amongst other logistic concerns.

President Buhari’s careless interference in the politics of foreign nations recently made news with reports that he donated $500 million to the Hillary Clinton campaign in the November 8, 2016 US presidential election [my emphasis].

A video, circulated by a US non-governmental group, the American Black Group for Democracy, had alleged that Nigeria donated $500 million (about N150 billion) to Clinton’s failed bid for the White House.

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It claimed that the money was “pledged to the US Secretary of State, Sen John Kerry, and US Ambassador in Abuja”…

A senior official of the Ghanaian government who did not want to be named told to The Trent on Monday, ahead of the Election Day, that the Ghanaian government has established confirmation of “external interference” from the Buhari government but was carefully considering the implications.

Meanwhile, El-Rufai who is currently still lodged at the Movenpick Hotel, Accra, is said to be preparing to depart Ghana for Nigeria on Saturday after Friday’s official declaration of Akufo-Addo’s victory over incumbent President Mahama.

Source: http://www.thetrentonline.com/buhari-funds-akufo-addo-election/ (December 10, 2016).

That might strike someone as just another sensational news – smoke without fire, but try the equation: Buhari+El-Rufai =??? According to Jesus, eagles and vultures do not gather where a carcass does not invite them. Therefore, wherever you see eagles unusually hovering, their peculiar interest will not be far (Matthew 24:28). Whatever would get El-Rufai’s passionate commitment; whatever could have had him to have “displayed more than passing interest,” smells uncomfortably of covert Islamist ‘carcass,’ especially when it is ‘rumoured’ to have also had the endorsement of Muhammadu Buhari.

El-Rufai the Fulani governor of Kaduna State in northern Nigeria has never hidden his militant Islamist position.   He has expressed it in his several actions and especially the legislations aimed at silencing churches. Many respectable voices have connected him with the genocides that have sacked many Christian communities and replaced them with Fulani Muslim herdsmen in the dominantly Christian Southern Kaduna (http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/12/nasir-el-rufai-bloodfest-southern-kaduna-part-1/). He is quoted to have said in 2012: “Anyone, soldier or not, that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes”; and he has been publicly indicted as one of “those that covertly commissioned and armed the herdsmen and that are using them to do a dirty job” of killing Christians and other non-Muslims. Some years back, before he had become governor, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had described him as being “set on a war path with Christians in Nigeria” on account of his many tendencies and especially on a retweet of which, though he did an apology, but in which he is quoted to have said that Jesus was having sex with Mary Magdalene (http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/118629-can-warns-el-rufai-again-over-controversial-jesus-joke-retweet.html). Add such a Ha-man to another who has used his prime position to encourage Islamic inroads into the country and sought to enlist Nigeria into a military coalition of “Islamic countries” purportedly to fight terrorism; one whom, even before he had become president, had said that he would ensure that Sharia became a national culture, then you might need no further prophetic clarification on the Buhari + El-Rufai equation.

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I see a pot cooking… that it might be unto Nana Akufo-Addo (the president-elect) as it was to John Atta Mills who died and was succeeded into the office of president by his vice. The pot I see cooking, and it is intended to be perfected only in a matter of months – three months … to have the first Muslim president of beloved Ghana, and that man has been in stealthy grooming for a long, long time. Now the pottage is near done… that his aged boss should die or be made to die, that his Muslim deputy should take over, then… sharia… Should that date fail, they shall wait in the first phase. If he should not die or be made dead even in the second, then the ‘servant’ that had served ‘so well’ shall carry the flag, and who then shall say he should not who had been such a ‘good’ and prominent Vice. This is when to start to shut the gates and take out the flames from the pot that is cooking. May they that dug a pit fall into their own pit. Amen.

I do not seek to make sense to everyone; a prophet is sent to warn, not to please everyone. Then, I had also written, in conclusion of the words of a year and a half ago: “The change will come, but it will not be the change they had hoped.” Next scheduled stop: Kenya. The train goes on, but Ah Lord, may that train derail this day. Amen.

From The Preacher’s diary,

December 20, 2016.

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