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|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by pafra(m): 9:53am On Jan 03|
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by pafra(m): 9:54am On Jan 03|
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by dnawah(m): 10:07am On Jan 03|
pafra:op this is 2020, don't be lazy type it.
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by pafra(m): 10:21am On Jan 03|
I am smart and not lazy. Use your brain
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by emkz: 10:50am On Jan 03|
Some of these predictions I can easily make by watching CNN.
The earthquake in Nigeria is likely to occur due to excess stress accumulation or strain deficit. The residents in one of the Abuja suburbs complained of a tremor last year with a strong pungent smell...indicating probable volcanism which can trigger an earthquake.
So Apostle Suleiman, if e sure for you, tell us the magnitude of the earthquake and how many lives would be lost. Also tell us price of crude oil on 31st of July, 2020, how much the FG would borrow in 2020, what percentage of the budget would be implemented, when FG would end the border drill, and how many medals Nigeria would bring from the olympics. I can assure you that crude oil prices would rise if the US sustains attacks on Iran until May. I can also tell you some of our athletes would complain of not being paid their allowances during the olympics...is that a prophesy?
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by Amanda4life: 1:10pm On Jan 03|
What of 2019 written there?
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by BigBizzy(m): 2:13pm On Jan 03|
I see something like a referendum....this man is a pure joke...how does referendum look like?
If you believe all these crap and claim to be educated then I sorry for you.
take my prediction - after 362 days, we will be in 2021
Wow I sabi oh...oya make una come pay tithe
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by ChieduJoshua081(m): 3:53pm On Jan 03|
28. Mass killing in Iran. Iran Don already chop missile yesterday here. That was fast.
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by danot1030: 4:21pm On Jan 03|
They deceive yourself.
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by berbs: 10:41pm On Jan 03|
Amanda4life:Wait ooo, u sure say no be 2019 prophecy cont'd
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by kettykings: 10:48pm On Jan 03|
danot1030:I think on the other hand it's you that is deceiving yourself, you see the hand writing on the world but bury your hypocrisy in the ground. All over the world countries are pushing for reforms, referendums, plebiscite but someone in Nigeria foolishly wants Nigeria to remain in semi static stationary and motionless status and when a prophecy comes along concerning some changes, the same person or people voice out their ignorance
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by blasted12: 10:56pm On Jan 03|
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Allwell Okpi ANALYSIS: How pro-Biafra disinformation machine churns out fiction as facts
By Allwell Okpi
08:30 | 2 January 2020 (GMT)
The deliberate and sustained seeding of incorrect information on social media would have many thinking a new state is imminent in Nigeria. Not too fast.
Nearly 50 years after the civil war ended in Nigeria, the struggle to keep the dream of a separate Biafra state alive continues, including through a relentless disinformation campaign on social media.
Several online reports have depicted the independence of the south-eastern region of Nigeria as receiving the support of many world leaders, with its declaration as a sovereign state only a matter of time.
Even Pope Francis has said that Biafra was the “will of God”, urging the United Nations to do something, if these reports are to be believed. In turn, the UN is set to declare ‘Biafraland’ an independent nation in 2020 should President Muhammadu Buhari resist its impending secession.
So inevitable is the push that the World Bank is preparing Biafra’s national currency and laying the ground for a central bank, we are told. A national airline is also on the cards, not to mention an oil refinery with US$200 billion in funding from US President Donald Trump.
This pro-Biafran content on social media is usually received with cheers by supporters of an independent state. But – the headlines are fiction dressed up as facts.
Telltale signs of false news
In 2019 Africa Check spent a great deal of time fact-checking several of these false reports. Many had telltale signs of disinformation: they were poorly written, almost never attributed sources, and often contained mislabelled or manipulated photos and videos.
Organisations supposedly sympathetic to the Biafran cause, like the World Bank, refuted any associations when we contacted them, as did several experts we spoke to in the course of our work.
There are distribution penalties on some social media platforms. For example, if we debunked these claims on Facebook through our partnership with the company, any “false” rating drastically reduced the number of people who saw the posts. (For more on how this partnership works, see here.)
But the pro-Biafra disinformation machinery, like their decades-long campaign anchored in resource redistribution, is nothing if not resilient. We’ve seen far more dodgy content than we’ve been able to fact-check.
Pro-Biafran organisations using propaganda tools
One of the organisations leading the renewed agitation for Biafran independence is the Indigenous People of Biafra. Its founder, Nnamdi Kanu, first revived Radio Biafra in 2009, using it to further the organisation’s pro-independence cause with broadcasts from London.
An image of Nnamdi Kanu, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, hangs on a wall in a house in Umuahia, one of the pro-Biafran separatist regions, on February 13, 2019, ahead of Nigerian elections. Photo: CRISTINA ALDEHUELA / AFP
Researchers have found that the pirate radio station also supplies disinformation, similar to the online content we’ve rated. They recommended that this “potent tool” be used “to promote history and cultural integration” in Nigeria rather than being an “instrument of secession and disintegration”.
Prof Lai Oso, who teaches mass communication at Lagos State University’s School of Communication, likened Biafra’s online disinformation campaign to propaganda.
Oso is also the president of the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria.
“In this era when fact-checking is becoming common and advancements in technology have made it easier for people to find facts, propaganda or disinformation is not a good communication strategy,” he told Africa Check.
A professor of mass communication at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Emmanuel Udeze, told Africa Check that the false claims about Biafra seem to be taking advantage of the limitations of social media when it comes to gatekeeping.
“This is the other side of citizen journalism. Because everyone can now do reports and disseminate information, you can’t prevent the publishing of false information online.”
“And because of people’s varying levels of understanding, quite a number of people can be fooled to believe false information at first,” Udeze said. He felt that this approach was likely to backfire.
Udeze, whose research interests include the image of nations in international media, said that at its origin propaganda was used for good by the Catholic Church.
But during the two world wars in the 20th century misinformation and disinformation became part of propaganda, according to Udeze. In his view, it is not a durable strategy. “Negative propaganda can sway people but not for long.”
Misinformation persists about Biafran history
Biafra has a history of employing propaganda to push its separatism agenda, the resident historian at the Centre for Memories, Prof Rina Okonkwo, told Africa Check.
The centre is located in Enugu, a city which served as the provisional capital of Biafra, and its mission is to be “a repository of the history and culture” of Igbo people, the predominant tribe of the secessionist republic.
Okonkwo said she has researched the civil war in preparation for the centre’s exhibition in January 2020 to mark the 50th anniversary of Biafra’s military collapse.
“I believe there was a lot of misinformation then by the Biafran government. They made everybody believe they were winning the war when they were not,” she said.
Okonkwo, who also teaches history at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, said this approach helped make the war go on for longer.
“I’ve also found evidence of misinformation around the blaming of saboteurs for all the failings of the Biafran leadership,” she added.
Many studies have looked at the Biafran propaganda during the war as well the role the old version of Radio Biafra played in it.
Will there be more studies in the future looking at the impact of social media on the ongoing Biafra agitation? We wouldn’t rule it out.
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Tags: Biafra, disinformation, facts, False news, IPOB
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By Chigozie Agbasielo.
06:01 January 3, 2020
Useless Nigeria media working tirelessly to stop biafra agitation which they failed woefully in all their attempts. I called you guys Useless. Biafra has come to stay and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Biafra or nothing �. You guys should watch and see. Don’t forget that our leader MAZI NNAMDI KANU HAS ALL THE EVIDENCE TO SINK TO NIGERIA AND THE CABALS, HE’S JUST WAITING FOR THE RIGHT TIME.
06:01 January 3, 2020
Dear Allwell Okpi,
It is quite shameful that your media was also part of the corrupted international reporters that has taken a huge bribe from Corrupted Islamic government of Nigeria to misinformed the general public and the civilized world with rule of law and citizen-centric to report negatively about Biafra Agitation. The only people your conspiratorial reports may deceive are those without proper information and uneducated society in extreme poor Africa space.
The world now knows the truth , the affected people now knows the truth about Nigeria and her allies in the killing of Biafra people. It has come to the knowledge of the international community with good governance and conscience that Nigeria Islamist terror government has been dishing out huge financial inducement to the world body and international media to fabricate false information to tarnish the Biafra agitation just as Africa Check has reported but the question the right-thinking people have been asking is for how long will the government keep doing this and what does it benefit unrecognized media like Africa Check to help a killer government to destroy the existence of humanity? Some of us have been wondering why is it difficult for Africa Check to check out the evil that is going on in Nigeria seat of power in Aso Rock where an Impostor from Sudan is used to replaced a dead Mohammed Buhari? What stops Africa Check questioning the Islamic government of Nigeria the rationale behind the widespread information about Islamization of entire Nigeria? What stops the Africa Check carrying out empirical research in Eastern Nigeria the rationale behind the Biafra agitation? In your report you have said that the world Bank has declaimed the rumor of Biafra bank and her currency, my question is, when did Nnamdi Kanu mention this in his broadcasts? Has he ever mentioned Biafra Bank and his currency let alone discussing with World Bank? Where did you read that from the several broadcasts of Nnamdi Kanu?
My take on your write up is that if propaganda, as you have claimed, is what IPOB is doing to misinformed the public, and if this is only solution to save the life of the Old Eastern people from the impending terror attack and Islamization and wanton killings and also drive home the Biafra independent, then let join Nnamdi Kanu and other pro-Biafra agitators to dish out propaganda. The people of Eastern Nigeria need their freedom and a separate nation of Biafra will save lives.
#STOP being induced financially to cover up evil of Nigeria government, #STOP poor journalism and stop interrogating less concerned individuals who are human instruments on Islamic government of Nigeria payroll to provide misinformed information to deceive the public. When was the last time Africa Check questioned Nigeria government the reason security forces are stationed in every meter across Eastern Nigeria? When was the last time Africa Check checked the reason Eastern region is being marginalized, politically, economically (infrastructural development)?
From several analyses, it is a confirmation that Africa Check is a poor organization with less journalist because of lack of fund, therefore it needs financial funding and Nigeria government has agreed to help the poor medial reporter on the agreement to join other paid international media to write against Biafra independence and their supporters.
07:01 January 3, 2020
“Misinformation persists about Biafran history” Meaning Africa Check is lacks accurate information about Biafra or a newly established media
“Telltale signs of false news” exactly what Africa check is doing.
“Pro-Biafran organizations using propaganda tools” Like the one Africa check is using
Is Africa Check now saying People were not killed about 3.5 million during the Nigeria Biafra civil war?
Is Africa check now telling the world that Russia, Britain, Egypt, etc did not support the Nigeria government to exterminate the people of Biafra?
How far did Africa check has gone to dig out information about Biafra history? how did you carry out your research?
Stop writing rubbish and poor journalism. Stop being induced financially from corrupted government else, your Africa Check will go moribund.
By Jeanne Ohaeke
08:01 January 3, 2020
Absolute nonsense.why did you not talk about the killings in Biafra land and the emasculation of their people?
08:01 January 3, 2020
I was expecting to read where you debunked any information from our leader, rather you kept talking about fake news posted by your likes on social media to ridicule Biafra. Tell the world a single statement from Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that you have fact checked to be false. Biafra is an Ideology whose time has come. Our campaign on social media will be relentless until our people are completely united. You can not stop us.
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|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by edoairways: 12:45am On Jan 04|
dukie25:Those prediction or prophecies as you call them were written few months back before the poster thought of seeing
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by edoairways: 12:46am On Jan 04|
kettykings:Are you sure?
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by kettykings: 12:53am On Jan 04|
i am not betting 100% on biafra, i am equally not betting 100% on Nigeria if Soviet Union, Hindustan , Roman Empire , greek empire , ethiopia, Palestinian Republic Korea republic were all broken up and disintegrated then nothing is impossible
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by AZeD1(m): 12:55am On Jan 04|
6) I see ethnic clashes please pray
7) Improved security situation in Nigeria.
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by pafra(m): 7:04am On Jan 04|
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by Peterosky(m): 8:59am On Jan 04|
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by danot1030: 9:53am On Jan 04|
This is just the beginning of the year, remind of the outcome of the prophecy by December this year, remember to to tell me that biafra is born.
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by petitejolie(f): 10:59pm On Jan 05|
God help us.
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by Surveyoruzoma: 11:53pm On Jan 05|
Biafra is my mind
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by chigoizie7(m): 12:09am On Jan 06|
How can you see another nation being born out of Nigeria and at the same time seeing Nigeria great?
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by Cirochukade: 12:16am On Jan 06|
[quote author=spafu post=85452947]20 off me, seriously.[/qu
No be only you
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by 987Real: 4:08pm On Feb 29|
So God did not reveal the 2020 coronavirus pandemic to these so called men of God that constantly claim to hear directly from God?
I must state that for coronavirus pandemic not to be found in 2020 prophecy. This is a very clear indication that these fake men of God do not hear anything from God.
I used to believe these pastors in the past but as the years went by I noticed none of their prophecies came to pass each year.
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by okeyglm: 4:14pm On Feb 29|
987Real:didn't you see no 27
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by 987Real: 6:06am On Mar 01|
Really how does no 27 relate to a disease?
Coronavirus pandemic is a major global issue. It is no longer about China.
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by edoairways: 7:34am On Mar 01|
chigoizie7:He wasn't referring to Nigeria it just a parable
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by okeyglm: 8:31am On Mar 01|
987Real:are you OK. all the major losses are they not in china
|Re: 2020 Prophecy By Apostle Johnson Suleman by Sportize(f): 11:44am On Mar 02|
lolz... you're even asking if someone is OK?
what part of this sentence logically, clinically and emphatically mention a disease, virus or even sickness not to mention China is a major Business unit of the world! I recall losses is a terminology used in business. to crown it all, this virus was made public since 2019.
pls breakdown no 27 in your own term
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