In a bid to be sure of what becomes the fate of his party and President Goodluck Jonathan as the nation looks forward to the general elections, Dr. Leonard Olalekan Shogunle, decided to embark on spiritual journey to Pakistan, Indian and China to consult the oracle.
Having had words with the oracle in the foreign land, Shogunle, a retired Captain in the Nigerian Army and a chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos shared his experience with Saturday Independent in an exclusive interview, saying that the oracle pronounced victory for President Goodluck Jonathan in 28 of the 36 states in the country.
Asked what informed his decision to embark on the journey, when there are countless oracles in the country, he said: “Don’t assume I was kidding with my submission. I am a real Lagosian born in the Mainland during the Lagos Colony. I am 69 years old. My great grandfathers, though, migrated from Abeokuta in Ogun State to settle in Lagos, we own Abule Onigbagbo in Maryland.
“I am from Lagos Mainland so I am a real Lagosian. If I asked a spiritualist to do that for me in the country, some people would have doubts and rubbish the fellow.
“This year’s general election is no joke. Nigerians must be guided in the right direction.
“Last month, I went to Pakistan, Indian and up to the extreme end of China in Yung where I consulted celestial board of oracles from the orbit. I wanted revelation concerning the political situation in Nigeria. I was told nothing would stop the victory of Jonathan in 28 states including Lagos State.
“I was told that although there would be some uproar in some states after Jonathan is announced as winner, that would eventually die down with time. The oracle said General Mohammadu Buhari of All Progressives Congress (APC) was no match for him.
“As a person, I believe in the prophecy because even in the Bible, oracle was consulted when Jonah was swallowed by a shark. I was told that apart from winning the 28 states, the President would record over 70 per cent of the total votes cast in 11 other states.
He said : “Yes, the chief priests in those countries spoke to me. They were not black people like us. Their languages were interpreted to me. There were signs they gave me that the victory of Jonathan was certain. I did the same thing before the 1999 election and the oracle predicted that somebody from the prison would win the presidential election and I gave my support to former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“The oracle further revealed that there would be progress in Nigeria after President Jonathan wins second term. However, a note of warning was sounded to the Boko Haram in their own interest. The sect was warned to desist from what can cause bloodletting in the nation, as a result of retaliation from Niger Delta militants.
“The Boko Haram should know that they are poor people and no match for the militants. The militants are rich guys who can afford to buy ammunition to fight anywhere in the world but the Boko Haram boys can’t afford that. Therefore, they should embrace peace. Their godfathers were some former Northern governors that were giving them N10 million monthly.
“Buhari is going to fail. The former military head of state cannot win because he is totalitarian and not a democrat. When I was in the military, I was the one who wrote a document on War Against Indiscipline (WAI) as my handout and I gave it to him. That was why he implemented WAI. I am a retired Captain in the Nigerian army. I left the service in 1978.
“APC’s slogan is change while Jonathan’s own is development. Change can be anything. It can be death, madness, sickness or otherwise. Buhari did nothing for the nation except that he jailed our past leaders. You can see that immediately Jonathan won the last presidential election, some Northern leaders said they were going to make the nation ungovernable for him.
“That is what we are battling till date. Power belongs to God and He gives it to whoever he wants. You can never take it by force. I was amazed at the level of insult the former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and other APC leaders were passing at the President. If Jonathan was not mature and peaceful, all the attacks on him in the Northern states would have turned to something else.
“ Sometime ago, the Boko Haram overran 12 local governments in one of the Northern states within 12 hours. How could that be? I was a soldier man; I knew how we used to advance for operation, without the connivance of the people, the state and local government in that state, such can never be successful. So there are may enemies within nation, as regards the insurgency,” Shogunle said.