President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated 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.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, Femi Adesina on Sunday, June 6.
President Buhari noted 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 his philanthropic gestures.
He urged 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.
President Buhari also condoled with the government and people of Ondo State; and prays that God Almighty will accept the soul of the departed pastor.
In a post early on Sunday, the church sent out a communique stating that the pastor had died on Saturday.
The founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations was 57 at the time of his death.
“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for, and died for,” the church’s statement partly read.
Meanwhile, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Sunday, June 6, sent a petition to the Commonwealth over the ban of Twitter within Nigeria.
This petition was addressed to Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, urging her to “apply the Commonwealth Charter to hold the Nigerian government to account over the unlawful suspension of Twitter in Nigeria, and the resulting repression of human rights particularly the rights to freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom, as well as a flagrant disregard for the rule of law.”
It was dated 5 June 2021 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare; who said, “The Nigerian government has repeatedly demonstrated that it is not committed to protecting human rights. The Commonwealth should take a clear stand to ensure accountability of institutions; freedom of expression; as well as access to information in Nigeria.”
The organization asked Ms. Scotland to “urgently consider recommending the suspension of Nigeria from the Commonwealth to the Heads of Government, the Commonwealth Chair-in-office, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as Head of the Commonwealth to push the government to take concrete measures to respect and also promote the Commonwealth’s values of human rights; transparency; accountability and also the rule of law.”