SWITZERLAND, JUNE 07 – Many prominent Nigerians have continued to mourn the death of popular pastor and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nation (SCOAN) Temitope Balogun Joshua. Those that have sent in condolence messages include President Muhammadu Buhari, former president, Goodluck Jonathan and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
The 57-year-old preacher, who was renowned for his philanthropy and healing miracles, died on Saturday after a church service.
“President Muhammadu Buhari commiserates with the family and members of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on the passing of their father and founder, Pastor Temitope Balogun, popularly known as TB Joshua,” statement from presidential media aide, Femi Adesina reads.
“The President notes that the renowned televangelist will be missed by his followers all over the world not only for his spiritual contributions, but for touching many lives through philanthropic gestures,”
President Buhari urges Pastor Joshua’s followers to take solace in the knowledge that life is not measured and defined by chronological longevity but by enduring legacies and lives touched positively.
“He also condoles with the government and people of Ondo State and prays that God Almighty will accept the soul of the departed pastor.”
Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, who posted on his verified Facebook page, said, “TB Joshua was a devout man of God who served God and humanity with relentless passion. He was a man of sound doctrine, meek and faithful to his call and passion of reconciling men to God.
“As a Christian leader, TB Joshua and his ministry amplified Christ in faith, love and charity, positively impacting the lives of many Nigerians, Africans and millions of people across the world.”
The former President also prayed that God would grant the entire family, church, and followers of the late cleric peace and strength to cope with the loss.