TB Joshua Buried in Lagos Amid Tears...

- Festus Akanbi

The remains of renowned televangel­ist and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, were buried in his church premises in Lagos yesterday amidst tears by loved ones including his wife, Evelyn, his children, and other members of the family.

Also in attendance at the sombre event were members of the church’s neighborho­od community in the Ikotun area of the state; representa­tives of the Christian Associatio­n of Nigeria (CAN), and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, who described himself as a beneficiar­y of Joshua’s philanthro­py.

Joshua was buried after a week-long funeral service which ended yesterday afternoon.

Governor Akeredolu recounted how Prophet Temitope Joshua impacted his life even as a governor saying “he not only impacted the less-privileged but also the privileged. I was a beneficiar­y of his philanthro­py.”

Akeredolu, who paid glowing tributes to the deceased at the burial service, said the late prophet was indeed a phenomenon.

The governor recalled that few days after he won the election as the governor of Ondo State, Prophet Joshua drove down to Owo to congratula­te him.

He said, “He drove to Owo my hometown. I think something went wrong with his vehicle but he managed to get to Owo. No other person had ever done that before. “He said he came to wish me well. He prayed with me. When he was leaving, he put something in my pocket. It was a great thing he put in my pocket. I am a privileged person yet, he blessed me. He also asked me to give my wife some money too which I delivered.

“I owe him a duty to be here today. We can’t forget so soon the things we benefited from him. He empowered youths. He paid huge electricit­y bills for four local government areas in Ondo State. He assisted communitie­s. He bought transforme­rs for several communitie­s. He ensured many communitie­s that had been without light were reconnecte­d to the national grid. He gave logistical support to security agencies. Before he left, he supported the great Amotekun.”

Akeredolu said further that the Akoko community in Ondo State will not forget his yearly largesse, adding that he had planned to build a university in Ondo State.

Continuing his speech he said, “When he passed on, the Kabiyesi of Arigidi called me to mobilise me against his being buried in Lagos. This was the only person who died and the whole town closed markets and shop for one week. Kabiyesi was convinced we should bring the body to Arigidi.

“But I told him that it is for the family to decide not for me. It took me time to convince him that though TB came from Ondo State, he was a world citizen. Where he had touched, many will not touch till Christ will come. His ministry is global because a number of us seek spiritual uplifting. Many who have come here have gotten what they wanted.”

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