President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Pastor Temitope Joshua, popularly called T.B Joshua, saying the deceased cleric would be remembered for his philanthropic gestures, among other legacies he left behind.
He also commiserated with the family and members of The Synagogue, saying the country has lost one of her frontline clerics and lover of the masses.
Through a statement on Sunday by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, the president noted that the renowned televangelist would be missed by his followers all over the world not only for his spiritual contributions, but for touching many lives through philanthropic gestures.
Furthermore, Buhari 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.
He also condoled with the government and people of Ondo State and prays that God Almighty will accept the soul of the departed pastor.
On his part, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, described the deceased as a renowned man of God who was blessing to humanity and a great Ambassador of the Sunshine State.
According to him, 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.
“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 his 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 was quoted to have said in a statement by his spokesperson, Richard Olatunde.
Also, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, described the death as rude shock, particularly with the cleric’s 58 birthday coming in few days.
“I commiserate with Synagogue Church of all Nations as they mourn the passing of their founder, Pastor T.B Joshua. May his soul find rest with God, and may the good Lord comfort his friends, family, and all members of his church. Amen,” he said.
On his part, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, while eulogising the late cleric, noted that the deceased impacted the lives of millions of people across the world.
According to him, I am saddened by the news of the passing of Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua, a great preacher of the gospel who impacted the lives of millions of people across the world.
“Pastor Joshua deployed his gift of delivering the word of God in relatable terms to advance the church of Christ and brought laughter, solace and comfort to many with Christ’s message of love.”
He added: “The Synagogue Church of All Nations, which Pastor Joshua superintended, was a home of refuge for those desirous of God’s word and also for the desolate, providing a beacon of hope to many worshippers from across the globe.
“Pastor Joshua would be remembered for his devotion to God, the feisty manner he delivered Christ’s message of love and his commitment to community and the upliftment of mankind.”