The death of popular Nigerian televangelist, Temitope Balogun Joshua, also known as Prophet TB Joshua, has come as a shock to many people all over the world.
News had filtered in in the early hours of Sunday that the Prophet, who is also the founder of Synagoue Church of All Nations, died on Saturday after conducting a church programme.
Members, well-wishers, members of the press thronged the church’s premises on Sunday with many baring questions such as, ‘is it true?’
Testimonies abound of his philanthropic activities on social media and many quarters. Some of his church members and those who have had an encounter with the Prophet said he impacted them in many several ways.
However, SaharaReporters observed that there are claims on social media, from people who had lost loved ones due to the ‘violent’ faith of the deceased cleric.
Some of the respondents claimed their loved ones who had one ailment or the other stopped their medications as soon as they got in touch with TB Joshua who assured them that they were healed.
The claimants noted that the popular ‘morning water’ which has now been renamed ‘Anointing water’, is what the sick and diseased people take in lieu of their medications.
A young lady claimed that her aunt who had Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, AIDS, died after neglecting her drugs and opting for morning water.
Below are tweets containing the claims:
I can’t dissociate TB Joshua from the violence of some of his ‘evangelism’â¦ nor for the lack accountability for the 115 people that died on 12 September 2014â¦ nor how his church “training” pushed someone I knew to suicideâ¦ for the many lives altered.
— Ottilia Anna MaSibanda (@MaS1banda) June 6, 2021
He gave some of his congregation holy water to cure AIDS,
I know this because my aunt was one of them and she refused to take her drugs because she had âfaithâ he was going to âhealâ her,
She died from the AIDS btw. https://t.co/nOEJliWbZ5
— THE BIG CHIEF (@bigchiefenkay) June 6, 2021
My cousin is one of the people that died at his church in 2014. https://t.co/erHob4BnIx
— Naaarlie (@Nolotsie) June 6, 2021
My childhood friend’s dad died because of this too. Holy water for AIDS so he didn’t take his drugs. https://t.co/y07BLLAPbT
— Hafy (@Hafymo) June 6, 2021
On 12 September 2014, a guesthouse located within the premises of Synagogue Church Of All Nations around the Ikotun-Egbe area of Lagos State collapsed completely to the ground, killing at least 115 people, 84 of them were South Africans.
TB Joshua linked the tragedy to a strange aircraft hovering above the building shortly before it fell.
Saharareporters, New York