- Retired professional football player George Weah became Liberia’s president-elect on Tuesday, December 26
- The president-elect had visited Nigeria to worship at the Synagogue Church of All Nations’ (SCOAN) branch in Lagos, in October during the election
- Following his win, many have speculated on whether his visit to SCOAN had anything to do with the outcome of the election
Femi Fani-Kayode, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain has congratulated the newly elected president of Liberia, George Weah. He also thanked a popular Nigerian pastor for his prayers regarding the just concluded presidential election in Liberia.
In his address on Twitter, the PDP chieftain thanked Temitope Balogun Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations for praying for Weah when he visited his church in October.
He said: “I congratulate George Weah on his election as the President of Liberia. I thank God for his life and for that of Prophet T.B. Joshua who prayed for him and assured him of victory when he visited him in his Church in Lagos a few weeks back. This is a well-deserved victory!”
You may be wandering what moved Kayode to thank the man of God for Weah’s win. During the service Weah attended in October, the pastor had noted that the president-elect was there because of his love for Liberia.
The man of God said: “My brother is here today because he loves his country and wants God’s choice for his country. He is not here to impose himself. What does God say about his country, Liberia? What is God’s opinion? That is why he is here.”
Despite speculations that Joshua’s prayers might have had a hand in Weah’s win, the pastor had at the time also explained that as a pastor he could not pray against the will of God.
He said: “We are not herbalists or witch-doctors; we are people of God. God’s choice is our choice. We cannot pray against God’s will.
“Without God’s corresponding power, we cannot pray to Him. For every step we take — every movement and action — intimation comes first. There must be a suggestion from the Spirit to move before we move. If truly I am a man of God, I must hear from God — move or don’t move.”
George Weah who won the election on the platform of the Coalition for Democratic Change would assume office on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. He succeeded Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
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The former football player who is regarded as one of the greatest African players of all time was the first and only African to be named FIFA World Player of the year. He was named in 1955.
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