For the first time, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), unmasked how the late Prophet T.B. Joshua allegedly faked the miracles that drew millions to his Church.
Nigerian Charismatic pastor and televangelist, Temitope Balogun Joshua, widely known as Prophet T.B Joshua, was the leader and founder of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), a Christian megachurch that runs the Emmanuel TV television station from Lagos, Nigeria.
The preacher who is accused of widespread abuse and torture spanning almost 20 years founded SCOAN more than three decades ago.
His meteoric rise to fame was closely tied to his ability to heal the sick.
The BBC’s investigation involved more than 25 church insiders from the UK, Nigeria, Ghana, the US, South Africa, and Germany.
The BBC released a three-part investigative documentary outlining alleged atrocities and sexual crimes by the late Prophet T.B. Joshua.
T.B. Joshua passed away on June 5, 2021, at age 57.
One may wonder how and why his numerous victims managed to adapt to the endless cruelty and somehow refused to expose him.
The question running through the minds of most people around the globe is, can any truth be found in the purported accusations? Even if they were the truth, what kept the victims from revealing the truth while T.B. Joshua was alive? Who was the late Prophet T.B. Joshua?
The incredible atrocities allegedly committed by the late Nigerian pastor, T.B. Joshua sent shockwaves across the length and breadth of the globe.
T.B. Joshua’s global television and social media empire became one of the most successful Christian networks in the world.
His purported miracles were broadcast to millions across Europe, the Americas, Southeast Asia, and Africa. His YouTube channel had hundreds of millions of views.
The man of God was loved by many through his miracles and his philanthropic works.
Reaction To The Allegations
Since the documentary by the British Broadcasting Corporation’s ‘Africa Eye’ about the late preacher, Prophet T.B. Joshua, the media has been eager with people holding different views about the controversies that surrounded the late cleric.
Those who knew T.B. Joshua while he was alive have continued to maintain that the late preacher was a man of God.
The BBC documentary, titled: ‘Disciples: The Cult Of T.B. Joshua,’ portrayed the late founder in a negative light.
While investigating and reporting are at the core of journalism, straying from ethical principles is unacceptable.
Highlighting journalism’s role as a societal watchdog, the church stressed the importance of fairness, balance, and objectivity for the media to maintain dignity as the fourth estate of the realm.
Reacting to the exposé, Pastor Evelyn Joshua, the wife of the late Prophet T.B. Joshua, on her Facebook page, posted “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Prophet T.B. Joshua reminds us of the words of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ when He was on the Cross.”
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do (Luke 23:34) Prophet T.B. Joshua says, ‘Your response when you are hurt, embarrassed, misjudged, wrongly accused, persecuted, and hated, determines your future,” she further wrote.
Also, the SCOAN Public Affairs Director, Dare Adejumo claimed that the individuals the BBC interviewed and featured in the expository documentary were unfamiliar to the church.
Adejumo maintained that the documentary was aimed at tarnishing the image of the late T.B. Joshua.
Femi Fani Kayode, former Aviation Minister also reacted to the documentary, questioning the legitimacy of these allegations. He asserted that as far as he was concerned, the late preacher was a blessing to the church and the Christian faith in Nigeria.
Some entertainers also recounted their encounters with the late prophet and how he healed them of their ailments.
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