It’s been well over a week since the tragic Ikoyi building collapse occurred in Lagos. The twenty one floor building was owned by Real Estate guru, Femi Osibona, who himself lost his life in the unfortunate incident along with 44 others. The volume of lives that were lost sent shock waves across the nation, especially Lagos residents who are familiar with the collapsed building and it’s two other ‘siblings’ who are still standing but awaiting integrity test to determine whether they will remain standing or will be brought down.
This heart wrenching tragedy has left many sad and grieving. Families of the departed are yet to come to terms with the sudden and terrifying death of their loved ones whose mangled remains were pulled out of the rubbles and what was left of the magnificent looking structure before it came tumbling down to earth. One Nigerian who is also extremely sad over the incident is the enigmatic founder of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele. According to the renowned prophet, he is sad because he foretold the tragic incident and urged the people to pray and rebuke it but nothing was done about it.
Hear him: “It is sad really. It is sad because each time we talk and we tell either the people or the government what God has said, they dismiss it. Some of them even mock the word of God, thinking it’s me, Primate Ayodele that they are mocking. Everyone can see now that our prophecies are not permutations. We talked about this particular collapsed building in our current book, Warning To The Nations published last year. We said we should rebuke the collapse of a big and tall building in Lagos Island. It’s in the publication, you can find it here on page 72. But nobody listened. When we tell the government that there will be bomb blast in a particular location, that they should beef up security and let the Intelligence team begin to work underground and find out who the people planning such heinous crime could be, they won’t listen to us. And the bomb blast will eventually happen and lives will be lost.”
“Same thing with this Ikoyi building collapse. Government agencies in charge of monitoring deficient structures are not doing their work. If they were doing their work, and they also listen to us when we talk, this tragedy may not have happened. But now, lives of young men and women, some of who had families dependent on them, have been lost. I feel very sad. And let me also say this now, if the government likes, let them listen and take this serious. The truth is that, in some 10 to 15 years to come, there will be earth tremors in Lekki, Ikoyi, Victoria Island because the oceans will get angry. This will cause a lot of casualties. I suggest the government should start working on that right away. The government should also begin to pay attention to buildings that have more than ten floors on the Island because the capacity of the land in some of those places vary. Many of them cannot carry buildings with more than 10 storeys. A word, they say, is enough for the wise.”