Thursday, September 18, 2014

Prophet T.B. Joshua under fire for building collapse in Lagos, Nigeria

He’s the charismatic Nigerian preacher whose prophecies of death and disaster, and improbable claims to cure HIV and Ebola, have brought him vast wealth and a devout following among many of Africa’s most powerful politicians and celebrities.

But it’s a disaster that T.B. Joshua failed to prophesize that has gotten him into serious trouble. One of his church buildings in Lagos, Nigeria, has collapsed, killing at least 70 people, including 67 South African pilgrims – the biggest loss of life among South Africans outside the country in recent history.

The disaster has shone a spotlight on one of Africa’s most controversial televangelists. The Nigerian preacher has become famous for his estimated wealth of $10-million to $15-million (U.S.), his weekly sermons to 15,000 people, his loyal following from African presidents and prime ministers, and his claim that he prophesized everything from the death of Michael Jackson to the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

When the five-storey guesthouse suddenly collapsed into rubble at his church headquarters last Friday with hundreds of pilgrims inside, Mr. Joshua at first tried to minimize the disaster. On his Facebook page, his ministry dismissed it as a mere “incident” in which a “few people” were affected but were “being rescued.”

Later, the preacher tried to blame the Boko Haram terrorist group, claiming, bizarrely, that a mysterious low-flying airplane had caused the building’s collapse by spraying it with an unknown substance, although officials said there was no evidence of a terrorist link.

Instead, there is mounting evidence the building collapsed as a result of poor construction. Three additional storeys were being added onto the original two-storey building when it imploded. Similar collapses have become common in Nigeria, where construction regulations are often evaded, sometimes with bribes.

There are also growing allegations Mr. Joshua and the Nigerian authorities have tried to cover up the extent of the disaster. His church officials refused to allow emergency officials to participate in the rescue of survivors until Sunday. Nigerian officials were slow to co-operate with South Africa, even though an estimated 300 South African pilgrims were in the guesthouse when it collapsed.

As recently as Monday, three days after the collapse, the South African government was still struggling to find out if any of its citizens were killed. South African diplomats told local media that Nigeria was “completely stonewalling” their investigation.

Nigerian officials even allegedly told the diplomats the disaster was “not that bad.” One diplomat was quoted as saying: “When we got here, the entire building was flattened. How can it be not bad?”

South African President Jacob Zuma finally announced the deaths on Tuesday night. “We are all in grief,” he told the nation. “Not in the recent history of our country have we had this large number of our people die in one incident outside the country. The whole nation shares the pain.”

On Wednesday, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said the information about the deaths came from South African diplomats at the scene, rather than from Nigerian authorities as one would expect. But she said she would not do any “finger-pointing.”

In Nigeria, many people vented their anger through social media, saying Mr. Joshua should not be above the law. But the reality is that he has powerful friends and huge financial resources – enough to get away with a lot in Nigeria. Thousands of his followers are reportedly pressured into donating 10 per cent of their income to him.

His disciples have included the presidents or prime ministers of Ghana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo. He is particularly beloved in South Africa, where his followers include Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, opposition leader Julius Malema and Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Mr. Joshua’s vague “prophecies” have been celebrated by his fans. He gained massive publicity when he said an elderly African leader would die in 2012 – a fairly safe prediction, since so many of the 54 leaders are elderly. When Malawi’s president died, Mr. Joshua was again hailed as a prophet.

Medical experts have sharply criticized him for his claim that he can cure HIV, cancer, paralysis and even Ebola. Last month, he sent 4,000 bottles of “anointing water” to Sierra Leone to “heal” people with Ebola.

Globe and Mail

Related stories: Woman buried alive for four days rescued from collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria

41 dead in Church collapse in Lagos, Nigeria

3 comments:

  1. Please listening to my testimony on how prophet TB Joshua the general
    overseas of Synagogue Church Of All Nations – SCOAN - in nigeria cure my
    hiv/aids virus, my name is LEE BECYLU I have been living with HIV
    virus for over 6 years but at the end everything became
    worst to the extend that people do not near me any more
    my friend were avoiding me just because of the virus i
    thought is all over to me that i can not make it in life again,i was
    loosing my
    strength everyday and my doctor said to me that i only have
    view weeks to live because for over 6 years i have been living
    on drugs so i do not have any option i cried day and night so
    few weeks later i became very ill to me is all over i have lost
    it all,so a friend of mine took me to the hospital my husband
    abandon me when he found out that i was HIV positive
    getting to the hospital, the doctor admitted me in a bed, when it was now
    6;00pm they started showing program on the tv, there I saw the church of
    prophet TB Joshua I saw the man delivery people from wicked demon I heard
    many testimony about how he heal thousand of people from hiv/aids with is
    holy water and holy oil, many deliverance take place that day I was
    surprise I have never believe in God one day but since that day I started
    believed in God, I keep on watching the program everyday, on till one day
    the email of the church show on the tv program I quickly copy the email
    address and the phone number of the church, I call the church I told they
    how I gut their email and phone number, one of his apostle told me that I
    need to buy his holy water and holy oil so that the man of God can bless it
    and pray for it, I buy it and I gave them my information about were I am
    now, the apostle and some of the men in the church came to me in the
    hospital they pray for me and instructed me on how to keep using the holy
    water and holy oil, they took me along to the church I started worshiping
    with them in the church and God finally hear my prayer and he did a wonder
    in my life by making me hiv/aids negative again, God is really a wonderful
    father of the whole universe, request for your whole healing today from God
    by contact this same email address I contacted when I was positive and
    request for your own holy water and holy oil from the wise men to fight again any problem you are having: here is
    there contact
    scoan.uk@outlook.com

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    1. GOOD,DAY EVERYONE OUT THERE

      HOW I WAS HEALED BY PROPHET TB JOSHUA HE SEND ME HIS ANOINTING WATER HE INSTRUCTED ME ON HOW TO GO ABOUT IT AND I DID SO THERE IS NOTHING GOD CANNOT DO I THOUGHT I WILL REMAIN SICK FOREVER BEFORE ALMIGHTY GOD SAVE ME AND WIPE MY TEARS

      my name is Olivia Anderson from Turkey, the greatest testimony i have ever seen in my life i want to use this great opportunity to thank prophet Tb Joshua the man of God.i was having a breast cancer over 5months, everyone around me run away from me even my husband who i think he loves me so much told me is over i cried and cried no body could help me out i went to the best hospital in Canada no solution, all hope was lost, on one faithful day as i was going online i saw a testimony of this great man of God Tb Joshua tbjoshuahealingministries60@gmail.com that people sharing about him how he has been helping people i never believed that this will work out but not withstanding there is nothing God can not do, so i decided to contact his Email: tbjoshuahealingministries60@gmail.com i explain all my problems to him he told me not to worry about if really i believe in God the most high i shall be healed. he told me what to do i quickly follow up with his instruction i never let money be my problem. within the next 2days my illness and pains were healed, my brothers and sisters there is nothing God can not do if you have not given your life to Christ please try and do so once again his email:tbjoshuahealingministries60@gmail.com if you have any problem similar to this you can contact him and your problem shall be solve, i will not stop sharing his name as a testimony because he brings me joy and happiness now i am happy my husband is back. any problem regarding as follow you can contact him God almighty is great
      (1) If you want your ex back.
      (2) if you always have bad dreams.
      (3) You want to be promoted in your office.
      (4) You want women/men to run after you.
      (5) If you want a child.
      (6) You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever.
      (7)If you need financial breakthrough.
      (8)if you need God intervention in all your endeavors.
      (9)if you want to want to be a fertile.
      (10)if you want to want to be the head and never the tail.
      (11)if you want God to bless the fruit of your Labour.
      (12)if you want to be untouchable by the hands of your enemies.
      (13)if you need unity and co-operation. in your family.
      (14)if you need breakthrough.
      (15)if you want to be successful in life.and lots more just contact him on tbjoshuahealingministries60@gmail.com

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  2. .,MY TESTIMONY TO THE WORLD

    HOW I WAS HEALED BY PROPHET TB JOSHUA HE SEND ME HIS ANOINTING WATER HE INSTRUCTED ME ON HOW TO GO ABOUT IT AND I DID SO THERE IS NOTHING GOD CANNOT DO I THOUGHT I WILL REMAIN SICK FOREVER BEFORE ALMIGHTY GOD SAVE ME AND WIPE MY TEARS

    My Name is Olivia Anderson from Washington, DC United State the greatest testimony i have ever seen in my life i want to use this great opportunity to thank prophet Tb Joshua the man of God.i was having a breast cancer over 5 months, everyone around me run away from me even my husband who i think he loves me so much told me is over i cried and cried no body could help me out i went to the best hospital in Here In United State of America USA no solution, all hope was lost, on one faithful day as i was going online i saw a testimony of this great man of God Tb Joshua tbjoshuahealingministries60@gmail.com that people sharing about him how he has been helping people i never believed that this will work out but not withstanding there is nothing God can not do, so i decided to contact his Email: tbjoshuahealingministries60@gmail.com i explain all my problems to him he told me not to worry about if really i believe in God the most high i shall be healed. he told me what to do i quickly follow up with his instruction i never let money be my problem. within the next 2days my illness and pains were healed, my brothers and sisters there is nothing God can not do if you have not given your life to Christ please try and do so once again his email:tbjoshuahealingministries60@gmail.com if you have any problem similar to this you can contact him and your problem shall be solve, i will not stop sharing his name as a testimony because he brings me joy and happiness now i am happy my husband is back. any problem regarding as follow you can contact him God almighty is great
    (1) If you want your ex back.
    (2) if you always have bad dreams.
    (3) You want to be promoted in your office.
    (4) You want women/men to run after you.
    (5) If you want a child.
    (6) You want to tie your husband/wife to be yours forever.
    (7)If you need financial breakthrough.
    (8)if you need God intervention in all your endeavors.
    (9)if you want to be a fertile woman
    (10)if you want to be the head and never the tail.
    (11)if you want God to bless the fruit of your Labour.
    (12)if you want to be untouchable by the hands of your enemies.
    (13)if you need unity and co-operation. in your family.
    (14)if you need breakthrough.
    (15)if you want your Broken Marriage to be Restored
    (16) If you are having any Spiritual problems in your Life
    (17)if you are Sick from any Illness
    (18)f you want your home to be restored with God intervention
    (19)If you need your life partner/Husband
    (20)if you want to be successful in all works of life.and lots more just contact him
    tbjoshuahealingministries60@gmail.com

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