Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has disclosed how the late Kenneth Kaunda prophesied his future presidency in 2006. Jonathan shared this revelation during his speech at the 2nd Kenneth Kaunda Memorial Public Lecture in Pretoria, South Africa.
The lecture, titled ‘Kenneth Kaunda’s Lessons For Humanity,’ honoured the first President of Zambia, who served from 1964 to 1991 and was affectionately known as KK.
Kaunda passed away on June 17, 2021. Jonathan’s statement, released in Abuja and made available to journalists on Sunday, highlighted that although he was the Governor of Bayelsa State at the time, he never envisioned becoming the President of Nigeria.
He fondly recalled inviting Kaunda to Bayelsa State due to their commitment to combating HIV/AIDS. He praised the 82-year-old Kaunda’s great energy during the symbolic Three Arms Walk for HIV/AIDS on the streets of Yenagoa.
“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.