Akeredolu, Fani-Kayode, others pay tribute to late Prophet Temitope Joshua
Since the announcement of the death of the founder and general overseer of the Synagogue Church of all Nation (SCOAN), Temitope Joshua kinsmen, church members and prominent people have been paying tributes to him.
T.B Joshua who hails from Arigidi Akoko in Ondo state was said to have died yesterday June 5 at the age of 57.
The Sun news online reported that the chief imam of Arigidi-Akoko, Alhaji Salisu Musa, who is an uncle to Joshua, said the town could not forget the role played by the late Christian minister for its progress and development as he was always willing to assist.
He said the death of Joshua was the end of an era in the town and the world at large.
The traditional ruler of the town, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, said he received the news of the sudden death of the illustrious son of the town with shock.
Oba Olanipekun said the late TB Joshua gave global recognition to the town through the works of his ministry and his philanthropic activities.
He said the deceased cleric will be sorely missed by all the indigenes of the town and those who came near him while on earth.
Also reacting to the death of the pastor, the Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in a statement issued on Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Olabode Olatunde said the clerics’ death came as a rude shock.
The statement read, “Undoubtedly, Pastor Joshua’s demise came as a rude shock. The pains are not mere emotional flashes; they are indeed piercing. The Ondo-born pastor and televangelist was a philanthropist whose exit will be sorely missed by many.
“Pastor Joshua was committed to giving and was more often inexorably imbued with calmness while lifting the downtrodden. As a televangelist, he did not just win souls for Christ, he was passionate about changing lives.
“He demonstrated timelessly an alluring service to humanity and compassion by assisting not only his home local government, Akoko North West, but other adjoining local governments in Akoko land benefitted from his large heart of benevolence.
“Of significant note too, Pastor Joshua never hesitated to assist in whatever manner the Ondo State Government desired such. To us in Ondo State, we consider this a personal loss. He was a pride to the Sunshine State.
“Not only Africa is hit hard; this is a great global knock as his Pastor TB Joshua’s ministry attracted immeasurable foreign followership. Christendom has lost a giant.
“The reality of the finality of death truly hurts the heart. But for TB Joshua, he had played his own part of the endless life orchestra; he has departed. We must take solace in his good deeds while here. He is now a heaven’s gain. The people have lost a committed giver. We shall continue to remember his contributions to the development of our state.”
The governor prayed God to grant the “late man of God an eternal rest in His bosom and comfort grieving family members, friends, and associates.”
Reacting, former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has paid tribute to the late Prophet TB Joshua.
He said that at 3:00 am this morning one of the prophet’s daughter informed him that the news was fake, only for the same person to call him 5 minutes later and confirmed the story.
FFK described the prophet as a wonderful, kind, generous wise and loving man who was undoubtedly one of God’s ‘end-time’ generals and who did so much for those in need and the body of Christ.
My family and I shall miss him dearly as he soars to the stars and takes his place amongst the angels and saints in Heaven.
The Bible says “to live is Christ and to die is gain”. It says “O grave where is thy power? O death, where is thy sting?” he said.
FFK said that the late T.B Joshua taught him the power and importance of faith, courage, love and strength even in the most difficult times! I shall miss you.
The governor prayed God to grant the “late man of God an eternal rest in His bosom and comfort grieving family members, friends and associates.”