Leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), a Christian megachurch that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly referred to as T. B. Joshua is dead.
He was aged 57 and would have turned a year older on the 12th of this month, June 2021.
Viral reports say he died in Lagos on Saturday evening shortly after concluding a programme at his church.
Earlier this month, TB Joshua urged Nigerians should fast and pray on June 12, 2021, a date which happens to be his birthday.
Joshua also revealed that he will not be holding a public celebration for his incoming 58th birthday.
Addressing his members, the prophet said “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 realized it will not be easy for me to celebrate my birthday under the present circumstances,” adding that many who wanted to visit Nigeria for the occasion “are troubled by the situation all over the world.
“We see their fear and their worry. I feel their pain; I feel their worry so pray for Nigeria on June 12, 2021.
“Let us dedicate this day to prayer and fasting. Don’t forget the needy.” TB Joshua has said a few days ago.
According to Wikipedia, Joshua was known for his popularity across Africa and Latin America and his social media presence with 3,500,000 fans on Facebook.
His YouTube channel, Emmanuel TV, had over 1,000,000 YouTube subscribers and was the world’s most viewed Christian ministry on the platform before it was suspended.
The cause of his death was unknown as at the time of this report.
TB Joshua is survived by a wife and three kids.
Twitter has taken down a tweet by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
In the post, Kanu vowed that soldiers sent to the South East by the Nigerian Government will die.
He stated this in response to comments made by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he would clamp down on those destroying government facilities in the South-East, had warned the army to keep off the region.
Kanu tweeted: "It’s not for the living to respond to the dead but given the lack of reasoning prevalent in the #Zoo Nigeria, I wish to assure @GarShehu, the Jihadi midget @elrufai & that Fulani lapdog Femi Adesina that any army they send to #Biafraland will die there. None will return alive"....
Sensational singer, Tiwa Savage has reacted to the ban place on micro-blogging site, Twitter by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
KFN recalls that the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, announced the suspension of the social blogging site on Friday, 4th of June, 2021 after President Buhari’s controversial tweet was deleted by the management of Twitter on Wednesday.
According to the mother of one, Nigeria has many problems and Twitter is not one of them.
Taking to her Instastory on Instagram to say this, Tiwa wrote;
"Killings in IMO, Kidnapping of more girls... Twitter is not our problem ooo"
The President of the United States of America, Joe Biden through US mission in Nigeria has reacted to the Federal Government’s suspension of the operations of the micro blogging and social networking service, Twitter.
In a statement on Saturday, June 5, the mission said the suspension is at variance with the 1999 Constitution which guarantees freedom of expression.
“Nigeria’s constitution provides for freedom of expression. The government’s recent #Twitterban undermines Nigeria’s ability to exercise this fundamental freedom and sends a poor message to its citizens, investors and businesses.
Banning social media and curbing every citizen’s ability to seek, receive and impart information undermines fundamental freedoms. As President Biden has stated, our need for individual expression, open public conversation and accountability has never been greater....