On Friday afternoon, the remains of famed pastor and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, were lowered six feet beneath the ground in the Ikotun area of Lagos State, causing a flood of tears, whimpering sobs, and a free flow of emotions.
The 57-year-old was laid to rest on his church grounds in Lagos church. His widow, Evelyn, as well as his children, family members, and other loved ones, were present during his burial.
Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State Governor; Olori Naomi Adeyeye, Wife of the Ooni of Ife; and other guests were in attendance for the funeral service.
Joshua was laid to rest during a week-long burial service that concluded on Friday afternoon.
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Joshua, who was born on June 12, 1963, had intended to celebrate his 58th birthday on June 12, 2021.. He was born in the village of Arigidi Akoko in the state of Ondo and started the Synagogue Church in 1987. The church, which is headquartered in Lagos, can hold approximately 15,000 worshippers at any given time. Branches of the church can be found in Ghana, the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Greece.
Joshua was one of Nigeria’s wealthiest and most generous pastors, with a net worth of over $15 million in 2011, according to Forbes.. For several years, the late cleric was a source of controversy because of his mysterious abilities to heal all kinds of incurable diseases, including HIV/AIDS and cancer. Thousands of people, usually immigrants, flocked to Nigeria because of his healing abilities..
A guest house of Joshua’s church in the Ikotun district of Lagos collapsed in September 2014, killing over 100 people, including a large number of expatriates and religious tourists.
Joshua, on the other hand, cannot be said to be popular with certain prominent Nigerian pastors, who were conspicuously absent from his funeral. The Nigerian Pentecostal Fellowship had cautioned its members to stay away from him.
Joshua was the owner of Emmanuel TV, a Christian television network, and a personal friend of several international leaders, including former Ghanaian President Atta Mills, before his death.
Joshua was recently suspended from YouTube due to charges of hate speech and praying to “cure” LGBT people.
The church selected his widow, Evelyn, to succeed him after he died.
By Fikayo Ajayi