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His name may not ring any bell in your ears especially if you are not resident in the Federal Capital Territory. But who started a church in his living room, four years ago, has taken Abuja with the force of a tsunami with his prophetic utterances. Joshua Iginla, a prophet and senior pastor of the Champions Royal Assemblies, Biagi in Kubwa near Abuja, has become a household name through his predictions, prophetic declarations and healing services.

As Prophet Attahiru Jega officially declared President Goodluck Jonathan winner of last Saturday's presidential poll, Pastor Iginla congratulated the president for a well-deserved victory won through a process which even the international community adjudged free and fair but dropped a warning.

Jonathan, he said must watch out for some alleged 'Judases' in his team so that his new administration could have a smooth sail.

'God told me to warn him (the President) to be very careful because there are some Judases around him,' Prophet Iginla said. 'He needs to be very careful of people.'

The outspoken prophet also commented on his connection with Pastor T.B. Joshua, the prophet at the Synagogue Church of All Nations, saying he has never met nor spoken with him.


You claimed to have foreseen the re-election of President Jonathan and the trouble that followed in the north. Is this an intelligent guesswork or a coincident or a revelation in the true sense of the word?

The Lord has been so faithful in speaking to us and this is not the first time that God has spoken to us on politics and our country, Nigeria and the world. In general, God revealed to me what was going to happen about the presidential election and that there was going to be reactions by some people who might not be so happy about the result. At the same time, God told me that the current president would still retain his position. And from what God showed me, I knew it would come to pass.

My fear for Nigeria is because there are lots of people that Satan has so darkened their hearts that they want to perpetrate evil. God was telling me that more of these crises would come except we beef up security seriously. As I speak there are lots of groups that are being formed secretly with arms and we really need to pray so there might be no further loss of lives. As for the president, God told me to warn him to be very careful because there are some Judases around him. He needs to be very careful of people.

From past experiences, many Nigerians view the so-called prophets with cynicism because many prophets have had their predictions rubb**hed over and again. How are you different? How can we know that you are a prophet called by God?

Yes, just like we have in the secular world, just like we have good doctors and bad doctors, just like we have good teachers and bad teachers, so also it is with the church. To every that has original, there is fake. And one of the things you have to see as quality of a genuine prophet is that each time the word is spoken, it will not go unfulfilled.

Like the scripture says, my word that goes out of my mouth shall not return to me void but shall accomplish that which I have sent it. One of the things you look out for when you are looking for a genuine prophet is that he doesn't speak his mind but the mind of God. And each of the word that comes from his mouth does not contradict the written word of God and the word of God will be the standard of his life. Then, his life must be an exemplary life in terms of being God-fearing.

It's not long you came to Abuja, yet you are making such heavy waves within so short a time. How did it all begin?

This ministry is just four years old. We started it in my living room. And the Lord has been so faithful. Part of the reasons why, to borrow your words, the church has been making waves is that we deliver God's message without adulterating it. It started right from when we were in my living room, when we talked about issue of the throne being empty even when the late president (Yar'Adua) was very much alive. We said certain things and all these prophecies have come to pass. One of the things that multiply the church is the prophetic accuracy that is attached to our ministry. It is undeniable and the confirmation is automatic.

People see a big church, almost a cathedral, in just four years, and they are wondering where could the money have come from?

One of the things I tell people is that when there is a vision there will be a provision. And part of the things I tell people is that we are not out for money but to bless lives and save souls. And imagine the church starting from my living room, if I had money I won't be starting the church from the living room. But one of the things that brought the funding and the rising of the church is that people have come here with sicknesses, problems and the Lord touches their lives and they were transformed. In fact, part of the resources that fund the church comes from lowly placed people who came to the church and had nothing. But by the word of prophecy, God opened their doors and they were blessed, and they were coming back to sow seeds and bless the ministry.

Let's go back to your person, who is Prophet Joshua Iginla? What was your background like and where are you coming from?

Prophet Joshua Iginla is a humble barrack boy. His father was a soldier in the Nigerian Army and retired from the Army after 35 yards of service. I spent all my life in the barrack. I was born a Muslim and my real name is Abdulkarim Lasisi Iginla. Then, I met Jesus and He transformed my life. My father, my mother, and the entire family got converted through me.

My mother once told me that while she was pregnant of me, in the seventh month, she was working along the street with the pregnancy and being a Muslim covering herself, a pastor stopped her on the way and said God told him that the child in her womb would be a male, and a prophet that will affect nations despite the fact she knew she was a Muslim.

My father desired that I become an alfa and I was given a Muslim name. In fact, I was highly indoctrinated with Islam but as God will have it, the Lord took over my life. I could remember in the quest to rise up in life, I had to go to the depot of the Nigerian Army, Zaria, to join the army. But when I was in the training, my elder sister came to meet with the platoon commander and I was taken out of the place because she said that I was going to be a waste. I was angry, sad, mad. But I never knew she was working for my good. Today, I'm here, preaching the gospel.

What's your opinion on pastors and prophets joining politics? Secondly, how do you see the non-recognition of prophets like Prophet T.B. Joshua by CAN?

There is nothing wrong for a pastor to go into politics. David in the bible was a leader, king in Israel despite the fact that he was a preacher, musician, poet, etc. What is wrong is when a man of God has not heard from God and he goes in for selfish and say, 'thus says the Lord.' Because when we, who are supposed to be the eyes of the nation spiritually, begin to falter in our judgment of hearing from God, it is quite pathetic. Believers can go into politics but the man of God must be sure God is leading him. It should not be an issue of waking up over night and taking the decision of going into politics. It is very wrong. But when God's hand is in it, the result is clear.

As for the person of T.B. Joshua, I will not really want to make too much comment about that. But then, one of the things I feel is that everybody has right to judge men of God from different perspective but one of the things I always say is that let us stop using the issue of miracles to judge men of God. Rather, let us start looking at the fruits because the bible said that by their fruits we should know them.

I don't believe that men of God should be judged by miracles, rather, they should be judged by their fruits. I can say categorically that we have people who talk about T.B Joshua that are worse preachers in the Pentecostal fold and in the C.A.N who are living for their pockets. I'm not advocating for anybody but I feel that sometime it is good for some people to remove the beam in their eyes before talking about removing the speck in somebody's eye.

When some people hear your name, Prophet Joshua, they want to link you up with T.B. Joshua. Is there any link between both of you?

I have never seen T.B Joshua in my life one-on-one. I have never talked to him on phone and my ministry is not patterned around him. It's just coincidental that my name is Joshua Iginla. I don't have any straight or indirect connection with T.B Joshua and my calling is quiet different and unique. My ministry is word-based and word-centered. I don't have any grievance with any preacher. I'm one person who believes that all preachers should be left until the judgment day, that God is the one that will judge you and that judgment will begin in the household. So, there is no connection. Sometimes, people even think maybe there is an indirect way he mentored me but I say no, there is completely nothing like that.

What message do you have for Nigerians in these delicate times?

One, Nigerians should believe in Nigeria. Nigeria, as a country, is a blessed country. We are blessed with mineral resources and human resources. I believe our leaders can still do well. I'm one person that believes there could still be a better Nigeria. I believe that the hands of God are upon Nigeria. We have great preachers from this country, great scientists, great educationists, and God cannot let this country down irrespective of our relieve beliefs and ethnic differences. This country is one country that is playing a vital role in Africa and in the world at large.

I believe that there is going to be a better Nigeria where peace will reign and justice and equity will prevail. Finally, I want to say this to everybody who cares to listen and believe: God's hand is upon President Jonathan. God has raised Goodluck Jonathan for a particular purpose. Even though he may not be the messiah Nigeria is looking for, for now, he is part of God's prophetic agenda to bring about credible leadership who will cause the change we all desire. I believe that we will see the handwriting more clearly in the incoming dispensation because one of the things God told me was that the problem of power would definitely be addressed by this administration.

Your Comment

Okoh Felix Uchenna | 6/9/2013 1:30:00 PM
Sir, U r a blessing 2 my world, ur message broadcast tru champions tv hv rili transform my lyf in evry aspect.
I wish i can meet wit u and say Thank you sir, but i bliv dat am previledge 2 hv a contact wit u here.
May d gud God continue 2 blez u, gv u more wisdom n undstndin til d end of time, Amen!
itumeleng | 7/6/2013 11:17:00 AM
do you rember me u child in south Africa my name is itumeleng my church is woship centre from Kempton park
Akintade Bukola | 10/28/2013 7:19:00 AM
I was filled with the holy spirit when I attended champions royal assemble yesterday, God is really using the man of God.
Akintade Bukola | 10/28/2013 7:19:00 AM
I was filled with the holy spirit when I attended champions royal assemble yesterday, God is really using the man of God.
Bode | 12/16/2013 4:33:00 PM
I ma blessed to receive words from you when u came to south africa the good God will continue to bless you more n more love you Daddy
morgan amadi | 1/19/2014 11:23:00 AM
Am really missing service since i left Abuja. Champion royal assambly is really a place to worship. Pls papa put me in prayers - Morgan Amadi from OWERRIl
Pst mrs Victoria | 4/14/2014 3:12:00 PM
My family nd extended family members have been worried nd been alots of bundage papa we need deliverance please daddy when can we come
pat | 5/6/2014 5:52:00 PM
I want god to turn my life around 4 good
PETER NKONDE(ZAMBIA) | 6/10/2014 3:06:00 PM
We thank God for the life of the man of God prophet Joshua you are a blessing to the nation.
Ezenwa Kenneth | 7/14/2014 10:36:00 AM
MAN OF GOD thanks for the word of GOD u always share( too inspiring).oh the word of GOD is truly life.i'm filled with life whenever I hear the word of GOD from U.May Almighty GOD Bless U always.thanks alot.i'm so grateful
usman stephen enesi | 9/13/2014 4:06:00 PM
Bro Joshua igila,I am so blessed by ur ministry.sir ,I lived in Jos and I want to be part of the programme coming on the 10-11th of oct.what are the procedure for the registration.thanks and God blessed
Anita Esebamen | 9/16/2014 1:25:00 PM
Me for me to get my own husband this year pls daddy people are muking me .
Prophet Agbedun in bwari bsyd global lyt church | 10/12/2014 11:27:00 PM
I bless & pray God shal kip u 2 d end... Daddy pls put my family&i wt d 6yr+ ministry in praya wtout 10members in a big auditorium.Poverty is rili dilin wt us sir... Stil xpectin u sir.THE CHURCH OF CHRIST LYT GOS. INT'L
John Asuku P | 10/21/2014 10:42:00 PM
I want to bless the name of d Lord knowing u. Bro Joshua Iginla d day I watch u on Tv, prophesied to d person I know and it came to pass exactingly as u said it. Dat is d day I believed on u, and I have visited d church in Abuja. It is my prayer dat God will continue to use u more and more in Jesus name. Amen
Robert | 10/27/2014 10:23:00 PM
We will be qualified to judge a servant of God if and only if in our daily devotion with the love of Christ we earnestly intercede for Them ( "We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and spiritual powers in the heavens above" (Eph. 6:12) .
Benedicta Toritseju | 10/28/2014 10:41:00 PM
sir i need to step into champions assembly,because i know there will be an impartation on me the day i set my eyes on you lively not by are a blessing in this generation.May God increase you greatly sir
Benedicta Toritseju | 10/28/2014 10:43:00 PM
sir i need to step into champions assembly,because i know there will be an impartation on me the day i set my eyes on you lively not by are a blessing in this generation.May God increase you greatly sir
pst Ochije Michael | 12/17/2014 9:39:00 PM
Sir thank u for the word undiluted I more Grace sir
john peter | 12/26/2014 8:00:00 PM
Champion is not just a ministry is a movernment...a man with a lion's voice, not minding of ur personality the truth he embrace .God is at work in his life.more grace papa
Comrade | 1/4/2015 9:59:00 AM
" of the things God told me was that the problem of power would definitely be addressed by this administration." Prophet, which power were you talking about? PDPower or electricity? Today is Sunday, January 04, 2014. Where is the power, prophet?
Comrade | 1/4/2015 10:02:00 AM
DATE UPDATED: Today is Sunday, January 04, 2015. Where is the power, prophet?
Zacchaeus Salifu Y | 1/4/2015 8:06:00 PM
I thank God for the life of Bro Joshua Iginla through whom God blesses me with his word daily on champions TV. May God continue to use you to bless the people of this generation in Jesus Name.
davis | 1/17/2015 1:36:00 PM
Sir i want to use dis medium to say thank u God has been using u mightly to change life of people. I cant forget d day u preached salvation message it really torched my life.
Godiya Dan-zumi | 1/30/2015 8:53:00 PM
sir indeed God bless the day I came to encounter wit champion tv,my spiritual life has really been transform through ur preaching,of the undiluted word of God,may God keep u for us
Tom Chabvi, Blantyre , Malawi. +265888015770. | 3/7/2015 2:08:00 AM
Bro. Iginla, please pray for me.First. for my salvation and secondly for breakthrough for nothing works for me.Despite being an experienced teacher as I am writing you I am unemployed and really struggling. I will keep watching and attending your services on TV. God bless you. May you call me if possible.
Tom Chabvi, Blantyre , Malawi. +265888015770. | 3/7/2015 2:10:00 AM
Bro. Iginla, please pray for me.First. for my salvation and secondly for breakthrough for nothing works for me.Despite being an experienced teacher as I am writing you I am unemployed and really struggling. I will keep watching and attending your services on TV. God bless you. May you call me if possible.
john peter | 3/29/2015 6:28:00 PM
papa,pls i just need a word from you have been caughing for over a week now.ave taken several medication but of know avail.the doctor said that am having malaira,typhoid,nd that my sugar level is high.papa i know that distance is not a barrier, i couldnt make it to church today.papa pls pray for me thanks nd God bless u
GLORIA 07068004986 | 4/21/2015 6:04:00 PM
IFEDI | 5/1/2015 10:31:00 PM
I thank God for bro Joshua iginla.God really bless me through his message from tv programs i pray that God will continue to bless him and his ministry in Jesus name amen..
Evang. Solomon | 6/24/2015 2:59:00 PM
Am realy blessed through u sir, may God bls u sir.
Racheal maluti | 11/28/2015 5:03:00 PM
man of God plz pray for my transfer ive bin longing for now for 2years nd oso for my high blood pressure oso for my husband who hs not bin employed for 2years now! thank nd may God continue using u man of God!
ugoeze | 11/30/2015 5:21:00 PM
I have 5 female children and believe so strong that your god will not pass me by on this sunday 5 of december without twins boys. Pls pray for me bro.ji.
Oluchi Asogwa | 1/5/2016 12:14:00 AM
I'm blessed to be able to find u here Daddy, ever since I heard you preach on TV,I've attended your church in South Africa. I've longed so dearly to have a personal encounter with you Daddy, I'm now in Abuja seeking to locate your church. My sole desire is for God Almighty to use you as an instrument to speak a word into my life & family.
emmanuel omale | 9/12/2016 10:37:00 PM
man of god i need breaktrough pray for me pls.