Reactions have continued to trail the death of Prophet T.B. Joshua. Among those who have reacted is Senator John Owan Enoh, a former gubernatorial candidate of the APC in Cross River State.
In a statement, Owan Enoh said “it is with profound sadness that I received the news of the sudden passing of Prophet T.B. Joshua. His death brings to an end, the extraordinary life of a true warrior of the gospel who left his footprints on the sands of time.
“Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, the Ondo born foremost preacher of the word of God will be remembered for the uncommon insight he brought to the sharing of the word of God, the generosity of his spirit and his compassion for the downtrodden.
“He was a consequential man of God who took Christendom in Nigeria by storm in the 1990s.While many of his contemporaries emphasized wealth, T.B. Joshua sought to nourish the spirit.
“Despite the height he achieved in his calling, he never lost sight of his humble background and consistently campaigned to improve the material wellbeing of the weak, infirm and the less privileged.
“Many would have forgotten that in the pursuit of his calling, the late T.B. Joshua had to hitch a ride to Lagos in a decrepit truck, a journey that took him many days. He never allowed his material disadvantage to destroy his vision.
He was indeed a colossus, Nigeria’s worthy ambassador to a world in desperate need of love and healing. He demonstrated to an unkind world how to love. By his demise, Nigeria, Africa and the world have lost a true lover of God and humanity. May God Almighty grant eternal repose to his noble soul.
Responding based on questions by TNN, Akpandem James, a journalist said the death was “shocking, but the will of God is supreme. He was a great man. He came and left. His impact was felt all over. It’s certainly not how long, but how well.
“Knowing who he was and his works, particularly to God and humanity, it would be difficult to fill the gap he has left behind. A very generous man, those who got in contact with him and the immediate communities around where he operated would surely feel his absence. May his soul rest in peace.
Daniel Alabrah, chief press secretary to the governor of Bayelsa State simply said “No comments. Never believed in him nor his miracles”
A member of the House of Representatives from Bayelsa State, Prof Steve Azaiki said “Very sad. He was known around the world . His church was a religious tourist centre in Nigeria. I am aware of his humanity and compassion for suffering people everywhere in the world. His life- long impact on the continent of Africa will ever be remembered. I mourn him.”
Another journalist, Mrs Seanam Bamigboye said “I’m not a fan of his and I never believed in his so called “miracles” So I waka pass.”
A former commissioner, Mr Furoebi Akene said “He was a mortal been so I believe that has gone back to the creator upon completion of his assignments on earth. May his soul rest in peace.”
A member of the Revenue Mobilisaiton and Fiscal Allocation Commission, Mr Alfred Egba said “it’s a sad moment for all well meaning Nigerians especially members of his church and all those who he touched their lives positively. He was more of a Philanthropist than a prophet. He will be greatly missed.
The INEC commissioner for Edo State, Dr Johnson Alalibo, on his part said “Nigeria has lost a great man of God with a global followership. His philanthropic character was highly commendable. He used the work of God to place Nigeria in Global Map. The Synagogue was a “Jerusalem” of sort that played host to many nationals who came for spiritual blessings and other religious activities. We believe that his time is up and God has called him.”