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Paul Adeferasin Reacts To Backlashes After Predicting ‘Negative Outcome’ For 2023 General Elections

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The General Overseer of House on the Rock Church, Paul Adefarasin, has broken his silence after being slammed for his statement on the outcome of the general elections.

Naija News earlier reports that the clergy man, during a recent service, said the 2023 election may not happen the way many Nigerians want it.

While expressing uncertainties about the election holding, Adefarasin urged his members to pray for a peaceful transition of power.

According to him, there are many forces vying for power and it is important for Christians to pray for a peaceful transition of power.

The pastor further spoke in parable using the story of David and Saul, saying a similar case will happen in Nigeria if there would be any election.

The video sparked reactions from Nigerians on social media, with many saying the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is already a case of Saul.

They also condemned the clergyman for making such statement at a time many are hopeful of a new emerging Nigeria.

Reacting to the outburst, the clergyman, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, noted that the feedback from his message were harsh, urging the public to go out and vote their convictions and let the Almighty do what only He can do.

He wrote: “Friends, you have kept me busy with your tweets, posts, and comments. Though many are harsh, I appreciate your feedback and I still want to take a minute to share my stance with you again, in the hope that you may gain a clearer understanding.

“If you have your PVC, it is a token of your faith in a New Nigeria. Go out and vote as your convictions lead you, and watch God Almighty do what only He can do.

“As with all of you, I identify as a Nigerian and a patriot, so undoubtedly, I share in your pain. Living in Nigeria, I share the desire for a working country and that is why we all consider this election critical in our collective quest for a New Nigeria.

“I really believe that it will happen, and I wish that you could see what I see – the hope that the parable of Saul and David brings – the after-victory. I understand that there are varying interpretations of the parable of Saul & David, and that is fine.

“However, remember that the giver of the parable is the One that can give meaning to it. God gave me that parable and even as I released it, I have continued to search for it’s applicable meaning to the present Nigerian circumstances.

“I feel blessed to have your ear, however, I will ask that you listen deeply for understanding, so that you do not miss the message.

“Saul, instead of trusting in God, tried to manipulate things and even discountenanced his mentor, Samuel. David on the other hand stumbled, but never stuttered, he was delayed but not too late.

“So, whether Saul represents our past or our present, only God knows. Whether David represents the future or now, I can’t tell. In any case, the ‘wise’ will wait for the election period to play itself out, before concluding or judging the messenger.

“Finally, kindly remember that I shepherd people of all parties, and if that parable was taken in offense, my intention was not to offend you.

“However, I stand by what I heard God say to me: that Saul came before David. This means that even if this election does not go the way that you want it to go, don’t be disappointed.

“Every election will produce some disappointment for the camps of the candidates who lose. God’s will shall still come to pass in Nigeria. It will happen and His ‘David’ will rise to the role. We will get there. Remember, we are all in this together.

“If you have your PVC, it is a token of your faith in a New Nigeria. Go out and vote as your convictions lead you, and watch God Almighty do what only He can do.”

Chukwuani Victoria is an entertainment and lifestyle journalist who's passionate about storytelling with years of experience in the industry. She holds a BSC in Biology and also obtained a postgraduate diploma in broadcast journalism at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Lagos. She likes to read, research, hang out with her friends and play scrabbles.