Prominent Nigerian preacher, Pastor TB Joshua, a renowned clergyman and televangelist, has died, 1st News gathered during the wee hours of Sunday, June 6.
Temitope Balogun Joshua, the founder of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN); reportedly died in Lagos on Saturday evening shortly after concluding a programme at his church.
The platform, the People’s Gazette, learnt from family sources who did not want to be quoted, as an official statement was still being prepared.
He was 57.
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed. However, family sources said his remains had been deposited at the morgue and an autopsy would be performed forthwith.
Pastor TB Joshua reigned for several decades as a fiery preacher on television; using his platform to attract a large number of Christians from across the world.
Equally important, the Emmanuel TV, run by Mr Joshua’s SCOAN, is one of Nigeria’s largest Christian broadcast stations; available worldwide via digital and terrestrial switches.
In 2014, his church was at the centre of a multi-national investigation following a section of his church headquarters in Lagos collapsed, leaving dozens killed and many more injured.
Mr Joshua denied allegations of negligence and a trial over the incident was still underway prior to his alleged demise.
Two days ago, Pastor TB Joshua admonished his followers to say a word of prayer for him prior to his 58th birthday.
Here is what he published on his Instagram platform;
“TB JOSHUA AT 58: Important Birthday Message!!!
“Happy Birthday to you! Viewers all over the world, June 12th is around the corner. As you know, I am a man of the people. So, the wound of one is the wound of all.
As things stand, you may have realised it will not be easy for me to celebrate my birthday under the present circumstances. Some of the people who want to come are troubled by the situation all over the world. We see their fear and their worry. I feel their pain; I feel their worry.
Therefore, let us dedicate this day to prayer and fasting. Don’t forget the needy. By the grace of God, more birthdays are ahead. God bless you! Emmanuel. Jesus is Lord! Happy Birthday!”