The Bible tells us that during the end times, fake prophets would spring up everywhere, thus going by that yardstick we must be at the very end of time, because it seems everywhere you turn these days you said nothing but false prophets.
You see them on television, you hear them deep into the night disturbing your sleep; the entire planet is saturated with them. One of these fine specimens has landed himself in deep trouble in Nigeria, as his heinous actions has seen him arraigned before a Yaba Magistrates Court.
The Daily Post of Nigeria reports 23 year old Adewale Adeleke was arraigned before court on four charges of stealing, obtaining by false pretext, impersonation, and rape.
Adewale is a self professed prophet of the Celestial Church of Nigeria and according to the prosecutor, used his position and influence to extort N13, 000 from the victim and forcibly have sex with her.
Narrating the facts of the case, Prosecutor Chris Takim said the accused met the victim on the premises of Original Inn Hotel at Ebute Meta on July 26 and approached her, informing her about a supposed spiritual problem she had.
Adeleke told her they should meet for a prayer session, and asked her to pay the N13, 000 as mobilisation fees.
He told the court “Adeleke collected her phones and N13, 000 to begin the prayer session with her, and later forced her to strip naked as a prerequisite for her prayer to be answered.
He thereafter unlawfully assaulted her and had sexual intercourse with her without her consent”
The ‘Prophet’ faces life imprisonment if convicted, but pleaded not guilty on all four counts and was granted bail by the presiding magistrate.
Inasmuch as you berate these false prophets for leading people down these paths, you cannot help but wonder what kind of mentality a person must have to actually strip naked just because a man of God told her to do so.
This sort of actions requires blind devotion devoid of all intellect, the kind that only religion and politics are capable of instilling in people.
Sure the world is labelled with false prophets, but it takes a certain kind of thinking to fall for their schemes, especially one as extreme as this one.
The day we stop thinking for ourselves is the day we take our first step towards a meaningless existence.