Members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations on Sunday mourned the passing of the church’s General Overseer, Prophet Temitope Joshua, aka TB Joshua.
TB Joshua died on Saturday after holding a service with members of the church.
He died on the 5th of June at the age of 57 ,a week to his 58th birthday.
Many of the members grieved on Sunday, as they shared how the cleric impacted their lives.
Widows, residents and business owners in the Ikotun area of Lagos, where the church is based, gazed into space in disbelief.
Our correspondents observed as some of the members wept on the church’s premises; the main church building was sealed by officials and manned by the police from the Ikotun division.
A woman, who did not disclose her name, said she came from Ilorin, Kwara State, adding that she was barren for many years before Joshua prayed for her.
“I am carrying my second child as I speak. So, how can such a man of God die like that? It is not possible and I don’t believe it,” she said as she fought back tears.
Another woman said, “My brother in the US and some relatives in Cameroon called me that he died. I told them to take the news back to whoever gave them because it was a lie. The devil has failed because the man of God that I know cannot die. He is not dead,” she said.
A widow and church member, who identified herself simply as Adelani, told The PUNCH that her only hope was gone.
“The prophet prayed for us, gave me food and even ate with us. Many children are on scholarship because of the prophet.
“I am a widow. How will I survive? Who will help us again? Who will help Nigerian widows? He cannot die now. He is not dead. He will come out to talk to us soon. My prophet cannot die like that,” she added.
An aged woman, who identified herself as Iya Mary, wept bitterly on the premises, as she recounted TB Joshua’s last word to the church.
She said, “He just returned from the mountain yesterday (Saturday). He asked us to keep praying and that there’s no time. Who will help us now?”