Tributes as Multitude Throng TB Joshua’s Lying-in-state

- Segun James

Tributes continued yesterday at the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Ikotun, Lagos, as its late Founder, Prophet TB Joshua, was laid in state.

Joshua died on June 5 at the age of 57, few days to his 58 birthday.

He will be buried today (Friday). The lying-in-state was part of his burial rites as announced by SCOAN.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that hundreds of people from different cultures and countries lined up yesterday to pay last respect to the SCOAN founder.

The Manager of Super Sport, DSTV, Mr. Felix Awogu, told journalist­s at the event that Joshua had been a major financier of sports in Nigeria.

“A lot of people don’t know what he has done for sports in Nigeria, he made us become successful in sports. He has also been a major supporter of special sports for disabled athletes in Nigeria.”

The Founder of Belema Oil Producing Limited, Mr. Tein Jack-Rich, and his wife, Elizabeth, described the late prophet as a kind and great philanthro­pist.

Pastor Modesta Montero from Ecuador said that the SCOAN founder helped his community to rebuild a school destroyed by earthquake.

He said Joshua donated $400,000 to the school and built an informatio­n technology centre for the community.

NAN reported that there was a large crowd outside the church premises as people waited patiently for their turns to see the prophet for the last time.

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