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Prophet T. B. Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), was laid to rest today in the church grounds in Ikotun, Lagos.
According to Kemi Filani News, TB Joshua died on June 5 during a church service at SCOAN. He was 57 years old.
Despite the fact that people of many colours, ethnicities, and nations attended to pay their respects to the late prophet, leading Nigerian pastors were notably missing.
Among the top pastors absent are Enoch Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God; Pastor Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre; Bishop David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapel; W.F Kumuyi of Deeper Life Church; Paul Enenche of Dunamis Church; and Lazarus Mouka of the Mountain of Fire Church.
Others are Chris Okotie of the Household of God Church International Ministries; Tunde Bakare of Citadel Global Community Church (formerly Latter Rain Assembly), and Matthew Ashimolowo of Kingsway International Christian Centre.
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When the televangelist died, the Christian Association of Nigeria and many pastors were initially silent.
However, 72 hours after the death of the founder of SCOAN, CAN issued a terse statement to condole his family and SCOAN congregation.
The condolence, which observers believed was belated, followed condemnation of its silence among Christendom and several organisations on social media.
Critics wondered why CAN would commiserate with others but wait for a long time before making a statement on Prophet T. B. Joshua.
Meanwhile before the interment of the late prophet, his burial service was held and Bible passages read.
Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was among guests at the funeral service. Joshua was a native of Arigidi, Ondo State.
In his speech, Akeredolu described the death of Joshua as a huge loss to the people of Ondo State, Nigeria and the world at large.
Akeredolu said that Joshua contributed immensely to the emancipation of the downtrodden, orphans, widows and other less privileged people.
He said that the late prophet touched the lives of many people economically and spiritually.
“He was not born with a silver spoon but from what I heard, he was a special child because he performed miracles even from primary school.
“He was born with a special gift, and his love was not only for the less privileged. Even those of us who are privileged benefitted from his love,” Akeredolu said.