FOLLOWERS of Bishop TB Joshua, one of Africa’s biggest and richest televangelists, have reacted with shock to his passing and have paid warm tributes to him.
The cause of death of Joshua, revered and respected in Nigeria and throughout Africa, remains unknown. He died after participating in a live broadcast for his church, the Synagogue Church of All Nations.
His followers took to social media to bid their farewell. Joshua’s followers include the rich, politicians and influencers.
The Economic Freedom Fighters, the South African political party whose leader Julius Malema visited Bishop, said he would be remembered for his spiritual and pastoral care he ministered to Nigerians and the world. We call for calm and discipline within all the communities, particularly within the church leadership, congregants, authorities, as we mourn and celebrate the soul of a departed loved one,” the party said in a statement.
Nigerian politician Femi Fani Kayode said. “The passing of my brother TB Joshua saddens me deeply. At 3.00 am this morning I was told by one of his daughters that this was fake news & I tweeted as much. Sadly I was misled. 5 minutes ago the same person called me & confirmed the story. @GazetteNGR was right & I am in pain.”
JJ Omojua, one of Nigeria’s biggest influencers, said: “TB Joshua is a big loss to Nigeria and the Ikotun end of Lagos especially. His church is one of the major points of tourist attractions to Nigeria and I can’t begin to imagine the impact of his death on businesses, people and the less privileged in that area.
Nigerian medic, Dr Harvey Olunufunmilayo praised Joshua for touching the lives of many poor people. “Unlike many others, He was one pastor who actually reached out to poor people and always tried to help them. It’s so sad to read TB Joshua is dead. It’s actually quite sad. He was only 57,” he wrote on Twitter.