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Akeredolu, Nigerians mourn passing of TB Joshua

…as Ondo monarch demands autopsy of Synagogue founder

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has commiserated with the immediate family and the entire members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), over the demise of Temitope Balogun Joshua, the pastor and founder of the church.

Governor Akeredolu, in a statement made available to journalists in Akure on Sunday by his chief press secretary, Richard Olatunde, said the death of TB Joshua came as a rude shock.

According to him, the renowned man of God was a blessing to humanity and a great Ambassador of the Sunshine ( Ondo) State whose Ministry was noted for charity.

“Undoubtedly, Pastor Joshua’s demise came as a rude shock. The pains are not mere emotional flashes; they are indeed piercing. The Ondo-born pastor and televangelist was a philanthropist whose exit will be sorely missed by many.

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“Pastor Joshua was committed to giving and was more often, inexorably imbued with calmness while lifting the downtrodden. As a televangelist, he did not just win souls for Christ, he was passionate about changing lives.

“He demonstrated timelessly, an alluring service to humanity and compassion by assisting not only his home local government, Akoko North West. Other adjoining local governments in Akoko land benefitted from his large heart of benevolence.

“Of significant note too, Pastor Joshua never hesitated to assist in whatever manner the Ondo State government desired such. To us in Ondo State, we consider this a personal loss. He was a pride to the Sunshine State

“Not only Africa is hit hard; this is a great global knock as Pastor TB Joshua’s ministry attracted an immeasurable foreign followership. Christendom has lost a giant.

“The reality of the finality of death truly hurts the heart. But for TB Joshua, he had played his own part of the endless life orchestra; he has departed. We must take solace in his good deeds he while here. He is now a Heaven’s gain. The people have lost a committed giver. We shall continue to remember his contributions to the development of our State,” Akeredolu said.

The Zaki of Arigidi-akoko, Yisa Olanipekun, the monarch of Joshua’s home town, Arigidi- Akoko in Ondo State, also commiserated with the entire Akoko communities, but demanded that his body must be preserved intact until arrangements are made to examine and or certify the cause of his death and the body is moved to Arigidi for final burial rights to be announced at a later date.