By Emmanuel Udom
If the post from the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, is anything to go bye, then Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, described the late Temitope Balogun Joshua as an “impostor” who belonged to a group of “occults” that had infiltrated Christianity while alive.
Here is the link to the BBC story.
However, beyond this, the reports have it that thousands of mourners attended the burial service at his Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) in Ikotun, Lagos, south-west Nigeria.
Recall that the 57-year-old pracherman died on 5 June after a brief illness.
Temitope Balogun Joshua was revered by people from around the world and tens of thousands of people attended his weekly services.
The charismatic preacher’s rise to prominence in the late 1990s coincided with the explosion of “miracle” programmes performed on Nigerian TV by various pastors.
His ministry professed to heal all manner of illnesses, including HIV/Aids and attracted people from around the world.
Known as the “Prophet” by his followers, he ran the Christian television station Emmanuel TV and often toured Africa, the US, the UK and South America.
Joshua came from a poor background and was brought up by his Muslim uncle following the death of his Christian father.
Other popular Nigerian mega-pastors were missing from the week of memorials, highlighting the frosty relationship he had with them.