T.B. JOSHUA, THE RENOWNED HEALER
By: Loro Louis Yugu
T. B. Joshua is a well-known Nigerian pastor, televangelist and philanthropist. His full name is Temitope Balogun Joshua. Many people refer to him as prophet or senior prophet. He is the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a Christian organisation that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos. He is known for his popularity across Africa. Media reports indicate that his social media presence with 3,500,000 fans on Facebook.
Reports reveal that he was once charged with criminal negligence that resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people when Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) collapsed, killing at least 115 people, including 84 South Africans who had traveled across the continent for one of Joshua’s renowned healing services. The tragic incident happened on September 12, 2014 at Lagos guesthouse belonging to Joshua’s church.
When he came to this country this week on Tuesday, he was welcomed by the President and many senior officials as a man of God. His words were truly motivating on arrival as he called for peace to reign in the country.
He said healing words during a prayer session at J1 on Tuesday. “Lord Jesus, I pray for peace in South Sudan. Have mercy on the nation. Let the leaders and the citizens of South Sudan obtain your mercy. Thank you for your compassion and forgiveness.” These were kind words from the man of God.
He also called for the leaders of this country to put their differences aside to give peace a chance saying, “Time has come for us to put our differences behind us and form the government. Our leaders should overcome their divisions and agree to work together for the good of this country.”
That was truly a good gesture from the senior prophet calling for our leaders to put their differences aside as they search for peace. There are many men of God who really love the Republic of South Sudan.
Earlier in April this year, Pope Francis kissed the shoes of our leaders and pleaded with South Sudanese government officials and opposition leaders by getting on their hands and knees as a gesture for peace in the Republic of South Sudan.
Deep in his heart, the Pope asked for a Spiritual Retreat at the Vatican. “I’m asking you with my heart,” the pope said to President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar during a spiritual retreat at the Vatican in Rome. “Stay in peace.”
The pope encouraged the two leaders to find common ground before stunning both men by kneeling to kiss their shoes.
“I urge you, then, to seek what unites you, beginning with the fact that you belong to one and the same people, and to overcome all that divides you,” he said. “People are wearied, exhausted by past conflicts: Remember that with war, all is lost!”
These words if it taken by our politicians will make South Sudan a peaceful country. People are tired of war and displacement, disease, hunger and human rights abuses perpetrated by the warring parties. Let us all work for peace and justice.