The founder of Lagos-based church, Latter Rain Assembly, Tunde Bakare, has announced that God has told him to run for the post of Nigerian president.
Mr. Bakare who is also a renowned social critic, made the announcement during the New Year service at his church.
According to Punch Newspaper, while giving a rundown of 12 revelations for the year, Mr. Bakare told his congregants that God told him not to abandon his political career. But God, however, did not reveal to him when the appointed time to run for the presidency would be.
"This twelfth one is a difficult one for me. It may draw excitement or condemnation. I have tried my best to keep it (to myself) but the Holy Spirit will not allow me to do so, he said.
"In my study around 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, God told me 'you cannot bring your political career to a close; there is still more to do. Run for the presidency. I will do it at the appointed time," the pastor added.
The pastor, who was the running mate to President Muhammadu Buhari on the platform of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change in the 2011 presidential election, further said he was aware the revelation might prove difficult to actualise. He, however, said he was unfazed by the challenge, because once God has spoken, it was left for God to make it come to pass.
"Joseph (in the Bible) did not contest an election; yet, he became the prime minister of Egypt. Why must I worry myself about where to get the resources for the task? Your own duty in this assignment is to pray along with me. When it is the appointed time, He (God) will do it. When He tells me the time, you will hear about it," he stated.
Mr Bakare also prophesied that many political bigwigs in the country will fall "at the feet of women in 2018."
Without mentioning names, the Pentecostal cleric said some of the most powerful politicians in the country would be replaced.
"In 1998, I told you that I saw your president dying between two women. Did it happen? I'm telling you again: some of these political juggernauts will fall at the feet of women and you will see it happen," he said.
He added that women would break barriers in 2018 in many fields of human endeavours both in Nigeria and globally.