In the wake of the recent reconciliation between North and South Korea with the historic peace agreement that ended 65 years of hostility by the two neighbouring countries, an industrialist, Mr. Jonas Maduabuchukwu Ojukwu, has said that despite some threatening signals, he was hopeful that the final reconciliation would take place.
In an interview, Ojukwu, a director at Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Ltd, said he was particularly optimistic because the founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, had prophesied the reconciliation four years ago.
The international televangelist had said at a pastors’ conference in South Korea on April 3, 2014: “In your country here, whatever threat you are having now is not a threat. You people will still come to the table to talk reconciliation between you and the North. There is no fight between South and North.”
Ojukwu, a peace ambassador, remarked: “What is not debatable is that thousands, if not millions, of people watch Emmanuel TV and know or believe in the accuracy of Prophet T.B. Joshua’s prophecies.” He stated that considering that leaders of nations also watch Joshua on Emmanuel TV and some go to him openly and secretly for resolution of issues, there is no doubt that the prophecy of the man of God may have given some assurance to those involved in the reconciliation of the two countries and peace of mind to those who had been hitherto troubled.
“It may have eliminated any doubts the leaders may have had, thus hastening the process,” Ojukwu said. Further, he said, many citizens of both countries and their leaders may have been saved from the anxiety and the associated medical implications that uncertainties concerning the sustained tensions between the two nations over the years may have created.
According to him, this was particularly so as the prophecy came at a time when the threat of conflict between North and South Korea looked so real that it was even feared that should the battle, which might have involved nuclear weaponry, break out, it might even escalate to a world war.
On 27 April 2018, both presidents of North and South Korea, Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in respectively made history when they shook hands along the border of both countries. Already, North and South Korea have synced their clocks to the same time as the “first practical step” towards the unification of the Korean Peninsula.
But there have been challenges that threatened the continuation of the peace process. One was the dispute over whether or not to pull out United States forces from South Korea as a precondition. That has however been resolved with U.S. President Donald Trump ruling it out for now. Another problem was the protest by some war veterans against the reconciliation.
According to Russian news agency, Sputnik, Seoul residents organized a mass rally in the city centre to protest against the reconciliation efforts at the recent historic summit attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
The one-day summit, which took place the previous day in the truce village of Panmunjeom, came after months of rising tensions. Seoul was concerned about Pyongyang’s ongoing missile and nuclear tests, while North Korea was wary of its neighbour’s military drills with the U.S. However, the first sign of detente came in the form of Kim’s New Year’s address, in which he said that the country’s athletes might go to South Korea for the Winter Olympic Games.
At the summit, the two leaders signed a declaration on the normalization of relations and launch of negotiations in numerous spheres, according to a Reuters report. An agency report said a day after the inter-Korean summit, likely right-wing organizations in South Korea held protest rallies at various locations of Seoul. Waving U.S. flags and South Korean flags, they demanded the impeachment of South Korean president Moon Jae-in and marched in some of the streets.
The demonstrators mostly consisted of elderly Koreans who remembered the Korean War of 1950-1953. The war ended with the signing of an armistice between the United States and North Korean troops who fought under the UN flag; South Korea had refused to sign the deal. However, passersby on the streets of South Korea showed complete indifference to the demonstration.
According to Ojukwu, this is clearly a sign that since the protests were limited to the rightwing groups, it is very unlikely that they would adversely alter the peace process. It also means Joshua’s prophecy is a fait accompli, he affirmed.