Nigerian Government reaction: The SCOAN Vs the Arabian Pilgrim saga

What a world of catastrophe…! I sometimes wonder why men do not co-exist peacefully without experiencing misfortunes and tragedies. It is so ironic indeed that even when one choose to remain a peace maker, trouble will still come and knock at one’s door. As at the month of September last year, 2015, there were two major heartbroken incidents that happened in Saudi Arabia- the Crane crash and Stampede which led to the death of many Islamic pilgrims. Nigerians were not left out among those that lost their live in both incidents. Prominent citizens from that country even a traditional ruler (Emir) was among those that lost their life as a result of the crane crash and stampede that happened at Mecca and the Jamrat Complex (Stoning site) respectively in Mina, Saudi Arabia. It should be of note also that last two year in the same month of September 12th 2014 there was a similar incident in Nigeria which was the building collapse that occurred at the premises of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN) that led to the death of a number of visiting pilgrims to the church.

pilgrimage Victims of the Stampede at Mina, Saudi Arabia

pilgrimage Victims of the Stampede at Mina, Saudi Arabia

Fallen Crane at Mecca

Fallen Crane at Mecca

So far so good, it is obvious that the Nigerian government has taken the Saudi Arabian tragedy in good faith, they have seen the incidents as an act of God. And I really applaud this show of maturity by the government for taking this issue as the will of God, unlike others that would have wanted to cause much controversy due to this unfortunate tragic incident that may end up creating a diplomatic-war between the Nigerian government and the Saudi Arabian government.

In Nigeria, it is unfortunate that the level of maturity the government is using to handle the Arabian incident has not been the same way they are handling the Synagogue case. There has been a bone of contention between the Nigerian Government and the ministry of SCOAN on the actual cause of the unfortunate incidence, unlike that of Saudi Arabia that even up till now a number of the Nigerian victims can’t be accounted for.

SCOAN  Collapse building

SCOAN Collapse building

Statistics has shown that the number of people that died in the Arabian crane crash and stampede of which many Nigerian prominent citizens lost their lives is more than the victims of the SCOAN building collapse. This is not really about the comparison; for sure life is precious, one life that is lost is as valuable as a thousand lives that are lost. The point is that, ‘why is the Nigerian government handling that of the Arabian in a very compromising way yet, chose to add more pains to that which affected their own’.

Why do Nigerians keep washing their dirty linens outside? Why do they cease to remember those who dry them up when it rains and provide shelter to the homeless? The government actions seem biased towards the probing of the SCOAN incident. They are busy finding irrelevant facts about the incident even when they are aware of the fact that the ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua, has been of great economic benefit to the country. SCOAN has presented itself as a huge source of financial, social and even moral value to the nation of Nigeria. Even at one time the then Nigerian president Umaru Musa Yar’adua (of blessed memory) gave an outstanding award to the Prophet as the Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) of Nigeria, due to his ministry’s benevolence towards its citizens and also as the highest recorded immigrant of other countries into Nigeria, which has greatly affected the nation’s economy positively. Dear Nigerians, why bite the finger that fed you well? As the saying goes in the Holy Bible, a prophet is never honored in his country.

Saudi Arabia Delegation Visits Nigerian Senate Assembly, Pledges Support For Government

Saudi Arabia Delegation Visits Nigerian Senate Assembly, Pledges Support For Government

They claimed they want justice!……Justice? I ask, has the Nigerian government probed, sanctioned or made any move whatsoever towards the Arabian government concerning the loss of Nigerian citizens in Saudi Arabia? Has the Arabian government been called to order? Even when their delegates were sent to the Nigerian Senate President, the Nigerians were mainly concerned about how to build their international relationship with the Arabian government and never tackled the issue at hand. I’m not against the fact that they are being considerate with the Saudi Arabian government because they wouldn’t want to add more pains to their misfortunes. My point is; why is the same government not also understanding with the ministry of the Synagogue Church of all Nations? Who is deceiving who? The Nigerian government is trying to show they care about justice but instead they are acting as if they have a hidden agenda towards an innocent citizen who has contributed spiritually and economically towards the development of the country. They even called the man of God fake forgetting that all good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17).

Military air craft captured went round the the SCOAN building before it collapsed

Military air craft captured hovering around the the SCOAN building before it collapsed

I’m not against any investigation but let it be done properly void of bias. The ministry of SCOAN has continued to insist and proven with concrete evidence that the building collapse was as a result of an attack yet, the government seems to be insensitive to the fact that one of the sectors that has been of great benefit to their nation’s economy is under great threat.
For decades, this man of God has been persecuted and yet he has been consistent in his Christian faith, so why can’t the SCOAN building collapse issue be forgone just as the Arabian incident was…? Why not leave the issue for God’s justification, instead of working towards his downfall. The Nigeria government has failed in their responsibility in protecting their national interest. If it were to be in an advanced society, the evidence so far provided by the ministry of SCOAN would have been highly considered. Obviously some of the problems of underdeveloped countries which Nigeria is not an exception is often characterized with injustice. Until the Nigerian government answers the question concerning the military air plane which hovered around the building and also look into the manner the building collapsed which is similar to controlled demolition, they would never be taken serious by the well informed minds and history will live to judge them.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING: A JOURNEY FROM HELL!!!

12493716_1037295599724549_3644588480922978045_oAs the sun set, so did Amen’s chances of survival. It was not just her body that was crippled but her will to live. Abandoned in a Moroccan valley with only the clothes on her back and a small blanket, death’s cruel grip tightened. She had no idea where she was, could not speak the native language and had no one to call on for help. Amen was about to become another statistic of the thousands of human trafficking victims who succumbed to hell’s evil beckoning. Lying lifeless, she forlornly cast her thoughts back to how it all began – her mum.

Brought up in a family of nine in Edo State, Nigeria, the Iriah family’s middle name was poverty. Things deteriorated all the more when her dad died in her infancy. Barely able to eat, let alone have any education, surviving to see the next day was all that Amen lived for. Aged 19, her mum returned home one day with a weighty proposal. “She insisted that I travel abroad for the sake of the family,” Amen explained, adding that a certain man was prepared to ‘help’. At that point, Amen had never left her state, talk less the country!

Thinking she had struck gold, Amen agreed to meet with the man, although the venue of the meeting was an unusual one – the house of a spiritualist. Stripped naked, Amen swore an oath that day, her pubic hair and finger nails forcibly taken as a token of her ‘loyalty’ to those behind her impending journey. She set out at night with several other young ladies, expecting to be taken to an airport. Her destination however was Benin Republic where she was smuggled across the border without any passport or official documents. From Cotonou, Amen journeyed to Burkina Faso, each new territory she entered accompanied by the promise that her flight to Spain where she would start ‘a new life’ was at hand.

Each movement of her increasingly intrepid journey took place at night, her days spent silently shut indoors as her ‘guides’ insisted their ‘guests’ should not be seen in public. After several weeks in Burkina Faso, Amen travelled to Mali. At the edge of the Sahara Desert, reality began to dawn. There was no plane that would carry her and there was no going back. She was about to traverse the world’s largest, most dangerous wilderness. Packed ‘like a sardine’ inside a vehicle, the scorching sun became a relentless companion and each single drop of water a savored delicacy.

“I will never forget what I experienced in that desert,” Amen soberly reminisced. The skeletal remains of past pilgrims lay strewn across the sand, some of her fellow travelers succumbing to the sun’s piercing, unrelenting glare. Many had attempted the journey; only few made it across. After the vehicle developed a fault, the remainder of her desert journey took place on foot. Escaping attempted rape and a violent sandstorm were just some of the horrific experiences she encountered.

Arriving finally in Mali, Amen entered a ‘camp’ where thousands of trafficked individuals, whose origins spanned the entire African continent, converged. Days became weeks. Weeks became months. Months became years. The journey continued, Amen finally arriving in the Northern African nation of Algeria. Entering an even bigger ‘camp’, Amen kept holding onto a phantom of hope that her final destination was nigh. The conditions in the encampment were hellish to say the least. With hundreds of human beings cramped into a confined space such that even to lie down and sleep was impossible, sickness was both rife and rampant. The emotional and physical stress of the journey, coupled with the unhygienic living conditions, soon took their toll as Amen fell sick, her body becoming stiff. On the day a vehicle was to take her to Morocco, police raided the warehouse, capturing hundreds of illegal immigrants.

Amen managed to escape but her ailment was worsening by the day. Crippled to the point where she could walk no more, Amen was left to die in a valley by her fellow escapees. Her body was frail and spirit broken. However, as night arrived and her eyes closed, expected never to reopen, a gnarled hand suddenly touched her gaunt face. Amen had been found by an elderly Arabian shepherd. Their language, origin and faith differed but compassion spoke louder. Calling an ambulance, the Good Samaritan took the young Nigerian to a hospital where she spent three months recovering. Thinking a turn in her fortunes had finally come, Amen was again plummeted into despair as from hospital, she was sent to prison. There she met a Nigerian man who promised to help her on one illicit condition – that they sleep together. Deported to the Algerian border, Amen began the journey again, this time illegally entering Morocco through a different route. Pregnant for her new ‘helper’, Amen was finally just a stone’s throw away from her destination. However, the closer she came, the more distant Spain appeared.

On the day Amen was to take a ‘boat’ across the border, police raided the house she was living in with her new ‘lover’, arresting her again. Eventually securing release, a new strategy was suggested. Amen was given a life-jacket and taken to the Straits of Gibraltar, the shortest possible distance between Morocco and Spain. She was just eight miles away from ‘a new life’. However, on the day a heavily pregnant Amen was to swim across, she gave in to fear. Her two best friends had attempted the same journey weeks earlier; they never made it. In addition, literally hundreds of friends and colleagues she met in Morocco had come to a watery end as their makeshift boats capsized due to overloading and adverse weather.

Securing fake documents, Amen tried to get a ferry across the border, a Moroccan man agreeing to act as her father. Their ruse was soon discovered however as a routine security check while trying to enter the huge boat exposed the scheme. This time, Amen was sent to a government camp for captured illegal immigrants. After a sickening four year journey, she was deported to Nigeria with nothing but the clothes on her back and an eight month pregnancy.

Amen came to The SCOAN last week and was delivered through the ministration of the Morning Water, finally released from the pain of her horrific past. She returned to the church with her nine year old girl – who had never seen her father – and her mother who sent her into slavery in the first place. Amen’s mum begged for forgiveness, admitting that she sold her daughter into prostitution abroad, thinking it would brighten the family fortunes. Free at last, Amen’s experience provides a poignant lesson: “It’s not where you are but who you are that matters.”

Watch Amen’s touching story here –

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TB Joshua Ministries

Just/ Unjust: Is the SCOAN Building Verdict really Legitimate?

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Prophet T.B. Joshua

It calls for alarm how disturbing legitimacy is becoming slowly ruled out in cases that are legally constituted. Legitimacy as we all know is an acceptable standard that is socially, morally and ethically held in high esteem; it is what the people accept as reasonable and in other views, legitimacy means citizens full support or recognition of a government. In a democratic setting, a law can be said to be legitimate if it has an overwhelming support from majority of the people that are directly affected by that law. However, that has not been in the case of the SCOAN building collapse, for it may interest us to know that until date, the SCOAN building collapse case has not been given a legitimate view despite the fact on ground and plead by the people.

It is well known that since the collapsed SCOAN guest house issue has been lingering, the verdicts that have so far been given by the authority have not been in SCOAN’s favor. In all of these, the ministry of SCOAN and some independent professional investigators have insisted that the authority should not hold on to their one-sided view on what they think is behind the cause of the collapse guest house, but should equally consider these facts that are on ground. If indeed the authority is searching for the truth, why would the government that is recognized as a powerful institution not concern themselves with these acute evidences?

For all these aforementioned evidences tendered and the suspicions generated due to the way and manner the building collapsed, it brings about the question; how legitimate is the hasty verdict of the Lagos State government and its coronal inquest? If the authority continues to ignore these sensitive evidences, what then is the essence of legitimacy in our social structure? For It is no news how majority of the bereaved families affected by the incident are insisting that the facts which the ministry of SCOAN and other experts have brought out should be adequately considered by the government but they have paid deaf ears to this.

The fact is that if the authorities continue to ignore these disturbing evidences/reports from the SCOAN and other independent professionals, the people will never take the government seriously. This is one of the reasons why no matter the level of indictment placed on SCOAN by the authorities, it will not affect T.B. Joshua’s reputation in the eyes of the world; for the Ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua will continue to grow from ‘height to height’. The verdict from the coronal inquest will remain illegitimate and can’t be taken seriously by well-minded people until the government answers these heart-provoking questions. For if the authority continues to act on such one-sided verdict it will continue to be seen as persecution or witch-hunt and not justice. How can a ministry which has contributed tremendously to the Nigerian economy, boost her international image and help many of her citizens not be granted a chance of freedom/ fair hearing by the nation’s authority? Well, the freedom of man is from God.

If the authority claims to be fair and just, let us be reminded of the DANA and SOSOLISO air crash. Is it still heard till date? Was it continuously hampered on? Where are the human rights activists who claimed to fight for the rights of the bereaved? Why have they not called the government to order after they had dubiously ‘swept these cases under the carpet’? Why the consistent lingering of the Synagogue case, if there is no ulterior motive? If not, in fair cases both parties are heard and evidence provided are intelligently scrutinized and investigated in order to give a fair and legit statement which will have no traces of bias. As Christians, we know we are in the world but not part of it, everything we do as Christians will always irritate the world, know this! “A friend of God is an enemy of the world” this clearly shows and proves that God is with Prophet T.B. Joshua in his mature disposition of his actions, silence and behavior towards the bias, criticism, unjust and abusive language of the authorities.

Isn’t it obvious that the ministry in question keeps growing from strength to strength and the world acceptance keeps increasing? The Prophet is still accepted in other countries even when the government verdict has not been in his ministry’s favor. The clamor of other nations still lingers, calling on Prophet T.B. Joshua to hold a crusade and possibly establish a branch of his ministry in their nations. If I may recount, the Sunday before the 31st night 2015, T.B. Joshua sent an evangelist to read his message to the congregation appealing to brethren all over the world not to come around during the 31st night that they should all stay in their various homes/countries and watch Emmanuel TV. This shows the rate, esteem and value that people still have for this man of God and this exposes that the verdict of the government might be LEGAL BUT NOT LEGITIMATE (that is, it lacks the acceptable social, moral and ethical standard by well-minded people) I bet, if T.B Joshua is imprisoned innocently today, that will not stop people all over the world from accessing his ministry like the case of Jesus Christ which was even worse, yet He is worshipped, honored and even regarded as the savior of the world till date.

It is true that the coronal inquest was set up by a legally recognized body but their verdict is still illegitimate. The world is not ignorant of the fact that wicked people can use the instrument of the state to perpetrate injustice. Why can’t our government come to the realization that they are there to serve the people? So how on earth will the judgment by the authority against the SCOAN ministry hold water when they have not done what is legitimate (carrying out a proper investigation on the evidence provided)? Let’s ask ourselves; why do enlightened minds of various strata still come from far and wide down to Nigeria to attend the SCOAN Sunday service? Do we think people of the world are so dull that they cannot detect a gimmick from a man who we claim is not learned? It is no news that the incident was tragic but notwithstanding, it never came between TB Joshua and God.

I leave you with these and let God be the judge of all matters here on earth and in heaven.

Offence

Luke 17:1b-Woe unto him through whom they come

Prophet T.B. Joshua

From the genesis of creation to this present generation, there has been a common, rampant and general epidemic which has eaten into the fiber of our everyday relationship and no one is free from this, in spite of whom we are and rank/status we occupy in the society. This malady is present in every society, culture, race, tradition and religion. This common trap or deception used by the devil is known as OFFENCE. According to Luke 17: 1 “Then said he unto the disciples, it is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!” This implies that no matter whom we are, we must be offended, that is, offense must come; For It is impossible to live life without having the time and opportunity to be offended; it is not a question of opportunity to be offended but what your response will be. We should at all times forgive our offenders because Satan knows if our offences are not properly managed it can lead us to sin, that is we should let go of offence. Offence is the effective instrument used by Satan to blind us in our present condition, it is the use of negative words that registers in the heart of the offended, offence is not deadly but feeding on it in our heart makes it deadly. This could come in form of temptations because Satan uses our weaknesses as a bait to tempt us.

When Jesus Christ said on the cross of Calvary “Father Forgive Them”, the word “them” in this statement means both the offenders (those who crucified Him) and the offended (those who were hurt by his crucifixion and nursed the offence in their heart). Those who were offended due to the way Christ was unjustly treated by the people equally sinned just as those that were responsible for His crucifixion. Christ knew on the cross of Calvary that those who were for Him had unconsciously sinned by nursing offence in their heart, then, He quickly prayed to the Father to forgive them – the offender and offended. Offence is not yet a sin when it comes to the mind of the offended until it is nursed and fed upon, therefore making the offender and offended fall into this common trap. Focusing on ourselves is an effective instrument used by Satan to blind us on our present conditions, making us to question God: “why me of all this accusation and disappointments?” We automatically forget the reality of our condition.

Readers might want to question the essence of this write up but we ought to be conscious of the fact that this is an era of temptation. The devil and his cohorts are working effortlessly to make us fall short of God’s glory. This goes specifically to the sympathizers of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), the family of the deceased in particular and the world at large that we should not get offended over what Prophet T.B. Joshua and his ministry are going through in the hands of their adversaries, thereby falling into sin; for it is a deceptive trap of the devil. We should never allow offence/hatred get hold of us because of the unjust judgment from the authorities and the uncalled criticism levied against the Prophet because if we do, we are as much of a sinner as those who criticize and indict the Prophet. We must let go of offence! Offence is very common due to lack of real love. We have almost come to believe that it is a way of life, the truth is our life is centered on how we are doing, feeling, and being treated for it is not all about us but JESUS.

The man of God, Prophet T.B. Joshua clearly understands this that is why he does not get offended nor react negatively when people criticize and accuse him without concrete fact and evidence. The Prophet was attacked (The SCOAN guest house building collapse), which was a trap from the devil to make him nurse offence in his heart, but as we all know, the Prophet is far from being offended but the scripture makes us understand that curse (woe) be unto those through whom the offence (attack) comes.

Unlike the authorities handling the case of the collapsed guest house at the SCOAN premises, the Prophet has neither abused nor threatened anyone because he knows these are traps from the devil to make him nurse offence thereby sin against God. When we concentrate or focus on what people do to us, we would end up losing focus on how to handle the situation or condition we find ourselves. Offence acted upon in the heart make one worry about what people do and this cripples our ability to think and exercise faith properly in our present condition. In other words, we cannot think of loving/hating, and think of destroying/caring for others at the same time.vlcsnap-2015-12-31-12h35m52s236

When we apply this principle in our daily routine, we would find out that it is easier to let go of offence rather than nursing it in our hearts. Let us cite the story of Joseph and his brothers; if Joseph was unwilling to forgive the atrocities committed against him by his people, he could have not found himself in the position to aid them during the famine period; for he could not have hated and saved at the same time. Another biblical example concerning offence is cited in the book of Job; if Job had nursed the offence because of his friends’ ridicule and accusations against his faith as a result of his illness and misfortune, God would not have restored his lost wealth and health.

Offence is a common trap or deceptive measure that Satan uses to lure us into sin in order to rob us of our true Son-ship as children of GOD. Hence, this means that it is only when we feed on offence in our heart that it becomes deadly because whatever we conceive in our heart with time, metamorphosis and influences our habits and character in reality. An offence not properly handled can make a Christian possess or produce the fruit of the flesh according to Galatians 5:19-21.

Pray and say after Prophet T.B. Joshua“By the authority in the name of Jesus, I release you from all hurts! I release you from deep hurts! I release you from whatever caused by offence- bitterness, jealousy, anger, pain in the past be released, in the name of Jesus Christ!!!! I command that spirit, every spirit offence might have caused in your life- jealousy, hatred, anger, inferiority, resentment, strifes, outrage. I release you, in the name of Jesus! Be released, in the name of Jesus! In Jesus Christ’s name I pray. Amen!!!”

Re: The Dangerous Lies of TB Joshua, By Ebenezer Obadare

It is so ironic and hits me as a shocker when I find out that in this modern age, enlightened minds still choose to dwell in unexamined and preposterous facts. It saddens me when I come to realize how critics can become so desperate to dig out dirt from a pure terrain. So many writers today come into the www world to spread lies and words that have no basis using normative statements instead of empirical approach that has proof and concrete evidence. As Christians or as responsible humans, we are to carefully examine situations before dragging innocent individuals to the dirt or staining one’s reputation just for mere attention. I pity the educational sector of today, it has gotten to the extent that some so-called professors and associate professors write so lamely using trial and error means, presumptions (that is, what they hear and how they feel concerning issues).

The SCOAN building collapse happened since a year back, but some individuals make it seem like it occurs daily. I am not trying to say that the victims who lost their lives are meaningless, I am just saying that as a nation I really think that we are matured and have gotten to a point where we have to let go the thoughts of tragedy.

 Ebenezer Babatunde Obadare- Associate Professor

Ebenezer Babatunde Obadare Associate Professor

Contrary is the case for Ebenezer Obadare who claims to be an associate professor in the University of Kansas. The so called associate professor still keeps dwelling in done and dusted issues which have so far been known to be fabricated. This makes one ask the question; how can a writer with such status still rely on falsifications? The answer is simply that the world is unbecoming. Most of the issues raised by this writer have already been addressed in previous articles: Building Collapse: Five (5) Spurious Lies against T.B Joshua’s Ministry.

Ebenezer Obadare Quotes: “The Egbe, the planning committee, and the alleged Dr. Adewunmi are, in all probability, the same person- yes, you guessed right, T.B. Joshua himself; and if you have been debating whether or not Pastor Joshua is worthy of such an award, then, sadly, you have fallen to his gimmick, which is to deflect attention away from his ongoing legal battle with the Lagos state government.”

The question is, how ethical can it be that the renowned Yoruba group Egbe Omo Oodua Parapo (1945) a group that was among those that advocated for Nigerian independence connived with Prophet T.B Joshua to manufacture an award for himself In order to deflect attention from his ongoing legal battle with the Lagos state government when he was clearly not swayed by previous prestigious awards that were given to him which includes the pan-Yoruba media outlet Irohin-Odua as the Yoruba man of the decade, the Arewa award from the northern part of Nigeria as the Ambassador of Peace and the OFR award of the Federal Republic of Nigeria presented by the late Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar’adua (of blessed memory). All these prestigious awards of the past did not influence the one sided verdict of the coronal magistrate, why can one feel that the recent award from Egbe Omo Oodua Parapo will…?

Let us not be over shadowed with hatred for the man of God, let God’s will be done concerning this case and not trying to add more pain to the wounds of those who lost their loved ones.

As for the alleged N50, 000 naira bribe, it is not new in the kind of society we live today; anything can be done to ruin the image of a man. A journalist known as Mr. Nicholas Ibekwe, went online telling the world that he has a record of Prophet Tb Joshua bribing press men with N50, 000 each, but after listening to the audio tape it was proven absolutely wrong by other journalists and the public. If Ebenezer Obadare, properly listened to the record with an unbiased mind, he would have discovered that the statement of Tb Joshua on that record had nothing to do with bribery. Would one deliberately ill-expose oneself in the public? Both the presentation of the cash and his statements were done in the open, simply because he had no hidden agenda concerning this case. TB Joshua never bribes! It is obvious that the obsessed journalist was simply making a big deal out of the generosity of the Prophet. People of the world, let’s not out of hatred persecute ourselves, in spite of status, religion, race, educational background, etc…. Be your brother’s keeper.

Ebenezer Obadare also ridiculously stated that: “Pastor TB Joshua has spent a lot of money trying to get away with plain murder.” As an associate professor the meaning of the word ‘murder’ should be clear to a person of that caliber by now; according to the Cambridge dictionary, it clearly states that murder is intentionally killing a person. In previous updates on the building collapse issue which this professor failed to research on was clearly analyzed and so far proven from the scene of the incidence that the building collapse was controlled and not as a result of structural failure. But all these points are already known even when the Lagos State Government and its coronal inquest insists that it is as a result of structural failure giving a blind eye to facts that proves contrary. It is surprising that some writers publish articles without proper research and come to a conclusion without updating themselves. So how on earth can a man of God be responsible for the collapse of a building that there is no sign of crack or stress on the foundation? How can a man that heals the sick with the help of the Holy Spirit, helps the poor and positively contributes to his country’s economy kill his own pilgrims?

Let us be rational…….! As you read this article, ponder over each statement and you would find out that the problem is in reality coming from unreliable sources and unenlightened writers with dubious titles and self-bent insinuations.

Prophet T. B Joshua proposed to me first day we met –Evelyn

Mrs. Evelyn Joshua

Mrs. Evelyn Joshua

Prophet T.B Joshua’s wife, Evelyn, wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s happy her children are doing quite well and their father “is a great man”. They’ve been together for 25 blissful years. Lately, she celebrated her 47th birthday which she said was fun. In this interview with Sunday Sun, she reflects on her life with the man of God and con­cluded it’s been worth it and gives Almighty God the glory. Excerpts:

How are you today?

I’m fine…

I can see that you are happy and excited that your daughter, Sarah, was called to the bar today. But in a nutshell, just express your feelings.

I am very happy; it’s the desire of many parents to see their children succeed. I am happy she’s taking this step; she’s work­ing hard towards her destiny, so it’s a great day for me and for her too.

Okay, do you know so many people don’t know that Prophet T.B Joshua has a wife let alone children? So, can you talk about the family?

At least you know now (laughs). I have heard that story before. Yes, I have heard that in the past but emm… it’s just one of those things. I don’t need to tell you but I think we have been together for the past 25 years now.

Please, tell us how you met.

Yes, I have said it before and it’s still the same. Hmmm… how do I call it? It’s just a divine arrangement. It’s a long story but anyway we met and the only surprising thing there was that, it was the day I met him that he proposed to me.

Wow, really? On his knees? How did he do it?

Straight forward (Laughs).

He said ‘I like you. I want to marry you’ just like that?

Yes, but really I was skeptical because it was strange, so, I just want to thank God that it really worked out. Like I said earlier, we have been together for the past 25 years and it’s working out fine.

Most people believe that pastors are not romantic. They fast and pray all the time. Is Prophet T. B Joshua romantic?

He’s a great man.

Great man on bed?

Hmmm… I don’t know. I wouldn’t know because no woman would love to discuss her husband to that level, but I think he’s a good man.

Okay, since you got married to him, what is it that you have learnt from him?

I have learnt a lot from him being a disciplined man. But I’m still learning anyway.

Having this type of cross-cultural marriage because I learnt you are from Delta State and he is from Ondo State, how did it happen? Did you have challenges?

In every marriage, there are always challenges. I don’t even see that as a problem because we are both Nigeri­ans. Even when you marry from your tribe, even your hometown there will still be problems. But you know, with maturity and fear of God, you can go on.

Did your parents object to the union initially?

In every marriage you should expect that. That’s what keeps the marriage going. When you remember all the obstacles, you will want to make the marriage work. Honestly, you will want to do all you could to make it work. When you take a man or woman to your father’s house, you don’t expect every­body to welcome the person, but when you think of those people that say no, you will surely want to make it work.

When you were getting mar­ried, was he deep in religion like now?

Yes, I met him as a prophet. I told you I don’t want to go into details but I actu­ally went to his place.

Okay, when you are angry, how does he calm you down? Does he buy you some nice gifts like jewelry?

I don’t know what you mean by angry.

That moment of tension, you know, like when church members are taking too much of his attention?

In fact, that is the first thing you have to understand. When you are married to a man of God, you have to know he’s a man of the people. So, that should be the basic thing you have to understand as wife of a prophet. There’s nothing like church members taking too much of his time, he has to do his work. I have never been angry about it and I can never be angry about it.

What of the other way round?

Which way?

When he’s angry, how do you calm him down?

When he’s angry? (Laughs). There’s no man who doesn’t get angry but he shouldn’t allow his anger to lead him into sin, you understand? When it comes to expressing it, do so and let it end there, so that is it.

Some people don’t under­stand your husband, they say he’s a mysterious man with mysterious powers, when you read such stories, how do you react?

I know it’s not true. They don’t know him, he’s not a strange man, he’s not a mysterious man; he’s just dedicated to his work. He is a man who has the fear of God in him, that is it. Those stories don’t move me at all because they don’t seem to understand him.

So, what is that precious gift that he has ever given you, probably on your birth­day?

Not even a gift per se, but words of wisdom, and I think that is all what life is all about. You find it, ignite it and use it. That is what your heart desires.

Some people say his favour­ite food is pounded yam, is that true?

No! (Laughs). Should I tell you? Em­mmm… I know he likes beans and corn, you know, the beans cooked together with corn, you know that? He can take that at least twice a week. Yoruba call it “Adalu”.

When he wants to go for solid food, which one does he prefer?

Yes, swallow or whatever? He takes that too but beans and corn are his favourites.

Mama, do you feel fulfilled marrying a prophet and hav­ing three beautiful, intelli­gent children, all girls?

Yes, I feel fulfilled. I don’t even know I don’t have any son because I have lots of boys around me. In this part of the world, most especially, from where I am from, people cherish male children, but my husband didn’t give me any reason to think of that.

You mean you are not under pressure from him or his fam­ily to have male children?

Not at all! I believe when you make that a problem, you begin to see it as a problem before you. But it’s not a prob­lem to me at all.

Could you please tell us the secret behind your youthful­ness, nobody will believe you have these grown-ups?

Really? You know the good thing? I will be 47 tomorrow (Thursday Decem­ber 17).

Wow! Happy birthday in advance!

Thank you.

So, how are we celebrating it?

We are already celebrating.

How would you describe style, what is style to you?

Style is just for the one who fears God. That’s the way I see style.

I can see you donning some nice jewelry. Are you a jew­elry freak?

Not really. You know, when time permits, I can just have them.

Are you comfortable in lo­cal or designer wears?

I just go with things I’m comfortable with. I don’t look for designers every­where; I wear anything I’m comfortable with.

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Synagogue Building Collapse: Behold the COREN Panel of Hearings

The Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN)

The Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN)

For those who may have read the recent news on the Synagogue building collapsed saga, with the captured headlines: Synagogue building Collapse: COREN begins hearing on indicted Engineer. I must say this has again showed how those in authorities, those who are supposed to be proactive and legitimate in their duties to the society seems to be insensitive in the way they are handling the Synagogue building Collapsed tragedy hence, making one to question the real motives behind their board of investigators or panel of hearings.

One may have thought that, before the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) hurriedly, sent their conclusive report of ‘guilty of negligent’ against the two structural engineers during the coronal inquest, COREN must have by then, had an independent panel of inquiry which its outcome may have determined their written submission at the coronal inquest and at the same time give-out their own disciplinary action against both contractors if the panel they setup were able to establish that the contractors were unprofessional in the cause of constructing the collapsed building unfortunately, that was not the case because there was never an inquiry or any panel of fair hearings setup by COREN before they established their guilt.

This therefore elucidate that, the hasty report initially giving by COREN that professional negligent on the part of the two structural engineers caused the guest house to collapse was done out of imagination and presumptions. COREN made their submission at the coronal inquest without setting up a formal panel of inquiry to look into the matter, a panel that supposed to investigate the professional conduct or misconduct of the two structural engineers and then invite both engineers for a fair hearing. It is now that the two engineers have been indicted by the coronal magistrate that COREN is now setting up a panel of hearing to look into the professional misconduct of the contractors after they, COREN have already established their culpability at the coronal inquest that the contractors are guilty of negligent.

Do you really think these so called professionals know what they are doing? Do they even have an idea that a number of innocent souls have died as a result of this tragedy? It seems these people are playing with the blood of those that died in that collapsed building. This action by COREN is pure prejudice; they have already given their verdict before they are now inaugurating a six-member panel of hearing. A panel to do what, I ask? Is it to legalize their previous bogus submission at the coronal inquest? Yet, everyone is watching, no one is intervening by calling them to order.

The question is why COREN didn’t setup their six-member panel of hearing before they went ahead in submitting their report of guilty of negligent at the coronal inquest. On what premises did they give out that bogus report? Do you think evil men will go scot-free? In the appropriate time, everyone will receive his/her own reward according to the role they had played in the September 12th, 2015 building collapse. Remember the ‘Golden Rule’ by our only Messiah our Lord Jesus Christ (Mathew 7:12). If they mean well, they will receive good; but if you mean bad, they will equally receive bad.

We don’t need a Prophecy to know the obvious out-come of the six-member panel of hearings. It is indeed doubtful that this six-member set-up panel would take an exception to the latter verdict. This is apparently a pre-coded strategy to witch-hunt innocent professionals because they want to harm the reputation of Prophet T.B. Joshua. It is just a matter of 1+1=2, 2+2=4 to know that the panel is another conspiracy to legitimize injustice and glorify impunity.

When will evil men stop hunting after the righteous ones? Has a true Apostle of Christ ever gained justice from the institutions of the world without a strain? The argument has never been T.B. Joshua is against others, but has always been others against T.B. Joshua. They attacked a sacred place, destroyed it and killed Christians. The church alone bear the pains, they single handedly took care of the injured, paid their bills and gave the dead a befitted burial. It is on record and so visible over the media that the Prophet never abandoned the bereaved families, but extends directly to them not only in prayers, congregational memorial service, charitable deeds but also visit the families, this the Emmanuel TV crew and partners global have never relented. Enough of this persecution dear Nigerians, why continue suffering God’s anointed. Why the unnecessary threat to jail the Prophet of God. Why are we so keen to see the righteous fall?

Indeed anything close to God receives attack. What a world of injustice? Indeed Injustice to the righteous is Justice to evil men. May God help His Church, deliver His Prophet and may His Grace be significant upon you, leaders in authority…Amen.

Adeboye, Redeemed Congress And The TB Joshua Lies

The Shepherd-Front CoverHi. My name is Bolanle Niyi.​​​​​​​​​​

I have attended the Holy Ghost Congress with Daddy G.O. of RCCG, Pastor Adeboye for several years now and would say that I have always left uplifted and encouraged in my faith in God and country. It was a great shock, therefore, when I read the newspapers sold exclusively during this year’s congress titled, FLOODGATES OF HEAVEN which included blatant lies about another man I also love and respect, Prophet T.B. Joshua.

There were different evangelical items being sold in the camp like stickers, wristbands, handkerchiefs, anointing oil, Daddy GO’s pictures, books and audio tapes to name a few. I bought a Christian newspaper titled “THE SHEPHERD” Vol 12 No 13 from an accredited vendor in the Redeemed camp, which had a headline story: PRAY FOR BUHARI NOT TO DIE IN POWER – T.B. JOSHUA WARNS. The article claims T.B. Joshua prophesied the death of Buhari in office, stating that he was not Nigeria’s messiah. The article added that T.B. Joshua predicted that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo would take over and later be assassinated by an ex-military Head of State.

Another article in the paper stated that Prophet T.B. Joshua recently held a crusade in Kaduna and addressed journalists at the airport concerning what God showed him about President Buhari. To make matters worse, another publication I had bought, titled “CHURCHMIND”, had an equally falsified story, titled “TB JOSHUA WARNS BUHARI – HANDLE BIAFRA ISSUES WITH CAUTION”. It claimed that the Prophet pleaded with Buhari to personally intervene in the Biafra issue.

These papers were sold inside the camp where government officials were present, such as Vice President Osinbajo, Lagos State Governor Ambode and Ondo State Governor Mimiko. For those who don’t believe me, I took pictures of the publications and have attached them.

I am SHOCKED that Redeemed Christian Church Of God could be used to sell such lies. As an avid viewer of Emmanuel TV, I know for a fact that T.B. Joshua NEVER said such. I mean, he has not been seen in his own church since before his crusade in Mexico in May and has not been seen in public since his visit to the President of Tanzania in October of this year. He certainly has not held any crusade in Kaduna or any other state in Nigeria for that matter and has never spoken publicly about Biafra. I know that all prophecies given by Prophet T.B. Joshua are shown on Emmanuel TV.ChurchMind-Inside Story

Since I left the congress, I have been asking myself what could possibly be the motive for writing, publishing and releasing such fabrications? Out of concern, I checked the major newspaper stands in Lagos and could not find these newspapers anywhere else. I went to Ojuelegba, Oshodi and Ikeja – nothing. Does this mean they were prepared solely for the Congress? I can only conclude that they willingly did this to try to stir up a crisis between TBJ and Buhari.

For how long will Nigerian pastors endorse division and spread falsehoods about fellow ministers of God? What kind of religion is this? Jesus is the Truth and commands us to speak truth to our neighbours. I am highly disappointed that such a respectable figure in Nigerian Christian society, Daddy G.O. can lower his standards to such a degree to allow this. Imagine what an impact we would have on the kingdom of darkness if we were one and dropped all of this jealousy, envy and resentment. Unfortunately, the Congress has left me more confused than before I attended.

Yours sincerely,

Bolanle Niyi

The Maravi Post

TB Joshua named 2015 ‘Yoruba Man Of The Year’

Prophet T.B Joshua

Prophet T.B Joshua

Controversial Nigerian pastor, TB Joshua of The Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) has been named as the 2015 ‘Yoruba Man Of The Year’.

The honour was bestowed on him by the ‘Egbe Omo Oodua Parapo’, a coalition of 35 Pan-Yoruba groups drawn from across the world.
“We give this award to Pastor Joshua out of over 500 nominees screened by the Planning Committee of the Association,” Dr Akinwale Adewunmi, the Chairman of the award committee said in a statement following the group’s annual conference in United States.

According to Adewunmi, Joshua has added “honour and admiration to the Yoruba nation”, especially through his diverse philanthropic activities.

“We are proud that you are a Yoruba man with a global image in the annals of charity,” he stated, noting that Joshua’s charitable projects span 45 countries and aid ‘millions’ on a yearly basis, irrespective of their religion or ethnicity.

“Pastor Joshua started as a poor boy,” the statement added, acknowledging the cleric’s uncanny rise to prominence from a poverty-stricken home in Ondo State, Nigeria.

“He had no access to education neither did he enjoy any outstanding benefit from his society, yet he built himself. He educated himself and today stands out like a Professor in the greater university of life and living.”

It also cited Joshua’s contribution to improving Nigeria’s image abroad. “Across the world, many ask travellers from Nigeria: ‘Oh, you are From Pastor T.B. Joshua’s country?’ ”

The group noted that The SCOAN was arguably the biggest tourist attraction in the ‘South West’, adding that many foreigners would never have visited Nigeria if not for Joshua’s church.

“We are proud that this generation has produced a Yoruba man, a Nigerian and an African that stands this tall,” the statement concluded.

Intriguingly, T.B. Joshua has not been seen in public since his crusade in Mexico last May, over seven months ago.

The Yoruba people are one of the largest ethnic groups in Africa, constituting over 40 million people worldwide.

By Ihechukwu Njoku, freelance Nigerian journalist

Building collapsed: Our Persecutors Confirms, Our Genuineness

T.B. Joshua remains the world must persecuted living God's General

T.B. Joshua remains the world must persecuted living God’s General

Right from the days of the Old to the New Testament of the history of the Church, those who are genuinely called by God with an exceptional mandate to create a hung impact in this world are enemies to the powers that be. These genuine men of God were always hunted by powerful people, from the peril of a powerful imperial king to that of another emperor. Majority of these Men of God died in pain, shame and agony for doing the will of God that contradicted the opinion of those that were in high places of power. Their missions of spreading the gospel of grace via versa, liberating those under the bondage of darkness into the marvellous light of God caused this great Generals of God to be hated and disliked by the people thus, their peril.

Therefore, the present challenges the ministry of Prophet T.B. Joshua is going through right now should not be a cause of worry to us the believers instead, it should be a live gospel and a lesson to the present generational Church that even among the so called civilized, the persecution of living Generals of God still continues. The injustice the ministry of SCOAN is experiencing from those in authorities and the ongoing trial to persecute the SCOAN’s building contractors and the Church. Even when there is a clear evidences that the military airplane that went round the collapse guest house is responsible for its collapse and the CCTV footage that captured the horizontal manner the guest house collapse which is consistent with control demolition that sponsored propagandist are now being classified as mere theory, is a confirmation to the genuineness of Prophet T.B. Joshua’s calling and that indeed, the Prophet’s ministry is a great threat to the kingdom of darkness that has ruler-ship over the world.

Just take a look at the ministry of the Synagogue, Church of all Nations (SCOAN), a ministry where healings and deliverances are without equal, where through the power of God, any diseases including HIV/Aids and Ebola Virus can be cured. A ministry that seems to have the solution to all the world’s problems, even the homosexuals- gay and lesbians, in SCOAN they can be made normal. Tell me that such a Ministry will not be hated by the powers that be; tell me that such a ministry will not be under attack. Don’t you think Prophet T.B. Joshua will be seen as one that wants to take control over the affairs of the world?

The truth is that, Prophet T.B. Joshua is the main target in this whole issue that is at stake. The contractors that construct that collapsed building are not who they are looking for. It is unfortunate, they are simply victims of circumstances and this same apply to the innocent souls that was killed due to the collapse guest house; the person they are looking for is Prophet T.B. Joshua. Can’t you see how almost all the news media headlines are on T.B. Joshua none appearing in court? As if it is legally bond for the Prophet to appear in court. The Church board of trustees is a legal entity, which could be represented by anybody and not necessarily Prophet T.B. Joshua, who is the Church founder. They would not stop hunting for the Prophet and his ministry until they see him fall. But if indeed God is God, that which they wishes against the Prophet will go after them, If they wishes good, good things will go with them, but if they wishes evil, evil will never depart from them and their coming generation unless they repent and confess to the world.

As for you that see God’s prolonged silent as rejection, Be Encourage! I ask, was their no God when the great Prophet Elijah fled into exile because of Ahab and Jezebel that were after his head. What about the great Apostles that defended the gospel with their blood, was their no God when they were killed and brutalized for the sack of preaching the Gospel of graces we all are enjoying today. We should not be faint in our prayers and Faith in God just because physically, our enemies seem to have all the advantages over us.

It is certainly true they have control over the government, the judiciary and the media, but be encouraged brethren for we have a greater and powerful God on our side. Have you forgotten that “One with God is the Majority”? God will not put HIS Church to shame. It may seems the enemies are having the upper hand, but in due time, the power of God will be made manifest. Surely, these present battle against the ministry of Prophet T.B Joshua will turn into a stepping stone to a greater height for the Prophet and his ministry.

Even our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was sentenced and killed by his own enemies. Those who killed Christ thought they were doing him evil, but unknowingly to them, they were helping to fulfil the will of God which is the liberation of mankind by the Blood of the Holy Lamb, Jesus Christ. For the death of Christ marks the new beginning of the era of graces. Christ categorically told the Church that if they can do such evil against HIM, we His followers should expect more.

The way of God is different from the way of men. I’m convince in my Spirit that there is great revival God is about to bring to the world through the ministry of Prophet T.B Joshua, and the way God will bring forth this great revival will be out of taught with our thinking faculties.