As news hit international media on Friday 12th July 2013 that at least six people had died in a tragic train derailment in France, a YouTube video has been released stating that the accident was predicted many months earlier by a Nigerian tele-evangelist.
“I see a train in a French-speaking nation running off the rail,” were the exact words of the controversial Nigerian cleric T.B. Joshua.
The pastor of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) which is based in Lagos, is also claimed to have predicted other events that eventually came to pass. These include the death of former Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika last year and Nigeria’s national football team’s recent victory at the African Cup of Nations.
In the current prediction broadcast live via The SCOAN’s religious television station Emmanuel TV, T.B Joshua is said to have told his congregation on Sunday 13th May 2012 that he saw a train derailing in a French-speaking country.
He further said that countries being prophesied to ought to liaise with his ministry to seek for clarifications on such volatile issues that would involve loss of human lives with a view to averting such catastrophe.
Coincidentally, the international media is reporting that at least seven people were killed and scores of others were injured Friday when the train carrying 370 people derailed in Bretigny-sur-Orge, just south of Paris. President Francois Hollande is said to have arrived on the scene Friday evening.
It was still unknown what caused the derailment of the regional train that left the Paris Austerlitz station Friday afternoon, said Guillaume Pepy, president of SNCF, the French national railway company. Experts have begun an investigation at the scene and fire fighters battled for several hours to rescue victims trapped inside.
Pastor Joshua, touted as one of Africa’s 50 most influential figures, is reportedly friends with political leaders such as Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangarai and Malawian president Joyce Banda, who have visited his church in Nigeria for spiritual assistance.
He recently received commendation from the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a United Nations Agency, and the MBA Tour, an international event linking prospective students with top level educational institutions, for his extensive charitable projects, especially relating to job creation and skills development for young people.