Thursday, September 18, 2014

They Are Not Matyrs! TB Joshua And SCOAN Should Accept Responsibility For Building Collapse

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TB Joshua and his Synagogue Church of all Nations have released an official statement via their Facebook page on the collapsed building within the church premises. The incident happened on Friday September 12th, and has so far claimed over 77 lives.

The statement insists they are co-operating with investigations and rescue, but takes no responsibility for the collapse. They say it was an attack on the church and particularly, on T.B Joshua, and vow to witch hunt the planes that could just be incidental to the collapse.

The worst part is that while commiserating with the bereaved families, they called the dead matyrs. Matyrs are those who give up their life for their faith. Are those who lost their lives in this instance matyrs really, or innocent victims of the church's greed and incompetence?

Who are the engineers and project managers in charge of raising that building to unapproved heights? They are the ones responsible for this loss, reaching all the way to TB Joshua's desk! I hope that with all this platitude, they find a way to compensate the families of those dead.


Emmanuel – God is with us.

The pain of one is the pain of all. It is indeed a sad and painful moment for the families and friends who have lost loved ones. It is equally so for us in The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (The SCOAN), under the leadership of Prophet T.B. Joshua.

On Friday, September 12, 2014, at about 12:44pm, one of the buildings on The SCOAN property unexpectedly collapsed, tragically resulting in death and injury. Nigerians and citizens of other nations were affected. This incident was preceded by the appearance of a strange aircraft which flew very low over the building four times and then disappeared.

Since the day of this incident, The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations, its members and partners, have worked in collaboration with the Nigerian, South African and other nations’ authorities to ensure that survivors are rescued, attended to with the best medical treatment, cared for in the most humane and hospitable manner and reunited with their families, while those who passed on - martyrs of the Kingdom of God - are retrieved, identified and treated respectfully.

Amongst those we are working hand-in-hand with, are: The Federal Government of Nigeria, the Government of the Republic of South Africa, Lagos State Government, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA),  the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), the Lagos State Ministry of Health - doctors and nurses, the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), the Red Cross, the Nigeria Police Force and various Non-governmental and humanitarian organisations and construction and engineering corporations.

It is very sad that inaccurate reports are coming from some quarters that we are not cooperating with the rescue teams and other agencies in collating information and providing assistance on the incident. Contrary to this, we want to categorically state that the church has provided assistance when and where required and continues to do so - good Christians are good citizens.

We emphasise our commitment to cooperate with all relevant authorities in establishing the cause of the collapse of the building.

The church views this tragedy as part of an attack on The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations and in particular, Prophet T.B. Joshua. In due course, God will reveal the perpetrators of this unfortunate tragedy.

We wish to express our gratitude to all who continue to work tirelessly, show their solidarity and share their condolences in this grievous time, particularly all Government and non-Governmental bodies mentioned above, Diplomatic Missions, National and International media houses, society groups, traditional rulers, all concerned citizens and the residents of our local community, Ikotun-Egbe. We equally appreciate all members and partners of The SCOAN and Emmanuel TV, along with Christians and clergy worldwide for their prayers and support.

To all those who lost family members and loved ones, please accept our heart-felt commiserations. No one knows by the present sign or situation what the future holds. We must therefore live each day as if it were our last and leave tomorrow’s trouble for the One who bore our troubles on the cross. We thank God for the martyrs and we pray for the family members and loved ones left behind."

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