Former President Goodluck Jonathan has shared a remarkable encounter where the late Kenneth Kaunda prophesied his future as the President of Nigeria.
Jonathan revealed this during his speech at the 2nd Kenneth Kaunda Memorial Public Lecture held in Pretoria, South Africa.
Titled ‘Kenneth Kaunda’s Lessons For Humanity,’ the event paid tribute to the first President of Zambia, who served from 1964 to 1991 and was fondly known as KK. Kaunda passed away on June 17, 2021.
Jonathan’s statement, made available to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, highlighted that during his tenure as the Governor of Bayelsa State in 2006, he invited Kaunda to the state due to their shared commitment to combating HIV/AIDS and protecting their respective populations.
At the symbolic Three Arms Walk for HIV/AIDS on the streets of Yenagoa, Jonathan vividly remembered the impressive energy displayed by the 82-year-old Kaunda.
“My political journey was not the one which attracted much attention from spiritual leaders and seers because many then could not see me playing notable roles in the national affairs of my country, since I was not active in partisan politics back then.
“However, I must say it now that Kaunda in the early days of my political career, captured my political trajectory to the presidency in an accurate prophetic revelation that has continued to amaze me till this day.
“In 2006 when Kaunda had ended his visit to us in Yenagoa and was returning to Zambia, I remember seeing him off to the Port Harcourt Airport in neighbouring Rivers State.
“As he stood up and was about to board a vehicle that would convey him to the aircraft, he turned back and said to me, ‘young man, you will be the president of this country one day.’
“Myself and my Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Amb. Boladei Igali, who was with me, simply looked at each other in amazement, because the presidency was never in our dreams, at that time.
“Farfetched as these words seemed to me then, I later saw his prophecy fulfilled in my life within a decade.
“So I can say that KK was the man who saw tomorrow as it related then to my political future and fortune, as I eventually became the President of my country,” Jonathan said.