A memo controversially revealing the plans of Al-Shabaab militants to attack Kenyan airports has caused widespread panic in the country, especially as the dates mentioned coincide with an alarming ‘prophecy’ given by Nigerian ‘Prophet’ T.B. Joshua a week earlier.
On Monday 29th February 2016, social media in Kenya was awash with the leaked intelligence report stating militants were planning an imminent attack on Kenyan airports.
The internal memo said up to 11 suicide bombers had been trained and were ready for the ‘mission’, set to be staged between the end of February and early March 2016.
“The planned attacks by Al-Shabaab against Kenyan airports are likely to paralyse operations at the vital installations with far reaching ramifications to national security,” the memo to the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) bluntly stated.
Several online commentators were quick to remind Kenyans of the ‘prophetic’ warning allegedly given by Nigerian Pastor T.B. Joshua a week earlier and its uncanny semblance with the leaked report.
“Kenya should pray fervently,” Joshua told congregants onSunday 21st February 2016 in a service broadcast live on Emmanuel TV, the popular Christian television station which boasts a large viewership across Africa.
“I am seeing some evil people in a place where people are gathering,” the controversial cleric continued.
“It could be a school, university, party – but this is a gathering. They should be very careful and tighten their security – from the end of this month and the first week of next month.”
The Nigerian then specified that the ‘Eastern part’ of Kenya should be especially security-conscious and prayerful.
Several Kenyans on Facebook reiterated Joshua’s calls for prayer in the light of the intelligence report, which has led to a beefing up of security in all of Kenya’s major airports.
This is not the first time Joshua has ‘prophesied’ about Kenya. He allegedly predicted the deadly attack on Garissa University last year which killed more than 140 people.
His popularity has soared even higher since the emergence of his television station Emmanuel TV on the popular DStv platform late last year.
Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist
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