Synagogue Tragedy: Those who died are martyrs of the Kingdom of God, T.B Joshua says

TB Joshua

The founder of The Synagogue Church of all Nations, Temitope Joshua,popularly known as T.B. Joshua, has described the victims of last Friday’s building collapse in the church as “martyrs of the Kingdom of God.”

In an official statement issued by the church, Wednesday, Mr. Joshua also denied claims that the church had not cooperated with government agencies during search and rescue operations.

“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,” Mr. Joshua said.

“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 organizations and construction and engineering corporations.”

A five-storey building inside the church’s premises at Ikotun, Lagos, collapsed last Friday as three additional floors were being added to the original two-storey structure.

The Lagos State government has said that it is investigating whether the church obtained building approval before it began the construction.

As at Wednesday night, the death toll had risen to 80 dead and 131 rescued, according to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA.

On Tuesday, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa announced that 67 South Africans perished in the building collapse. The South African authorities also cited the church’s non-cooperation with its officials as one of their greatest challenges.

While Mr. Joshua did not address the claims on whether or not the church obtained government approval for the collapsed building, he emphasised that the church had “provided assistance” to rescue agencies.

“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,” Mr. Joshua said.

“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,” he added.


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  • Otile

    Why is there so much discrepancy in the number of victims who perished in this disaster? At first we were told that 17 people lost their lives, later the final figure was given as 61. At the same time South Africa (Azania) is saying that their country alone lost 67 people. Is this not a church of God?

  • Don M.

    Martyr – “a person who is killed because of their religious or other beliefs.”

    So, WHO Killed them?
    Were they ‘killed’ for their religious beliefs, or by the negligence of the operators of the church who have not been able to show evidence of approved drawings for the ‘upgrade’ from a (2) storey to a (5) storey??

    I just pity gullible Nigerians. But if that’s what makes them sleep well at night….

  • kenny

    The deceit countinues

  • Ette

    A government that cares for its citizens should arrest this lunatic and charge him for murder. Joshua is increasing his blood bank in the kingdom of darkness for greater measure of magic powers and is here deceiving himself. Anyone still remaining under this agent of darkness is doing so at his or her peril. Jesus Christ is the only Saviour and anyone that wishes to receive God’s protection, blessings and salvation must surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and live a life worthy of His righteous and holy Name. All doers of wickedness will perish in hell. This is end time and greater level of evil as revealed by Jesus Christ is being poured out but in the midst of all these evils believers in Christ Jesus who are walking in righteousness are preserved under the secret place of the Most High God. Repent for Jesus Christ is coming back soon, this time not to save the world but to judge all of us in righteousness.

  • Ay

    My country, oh my nation! Boko haram killing some, kidnappers killing some, hungers killing many while others are dying as a result of government policies, ritualists in pastors and politicians cloths are sucking blood … innocent bloods. Oh Lord where hath thou!

    • Aminu

      And Pastor’s trading arms.

    • Oh Lord, where are You!!

      My prayer is that God will shake-up the Churches in Nigeria and deliver some of these people.

  • Wise Head

    Is Prophet T. B Joshua a ‘man of God’?

    Now, before you become a man of God, you must first become a Christian. And you don’t become a Christian because you are born into some church-going family – even if your father was a pastor. Joshua’s testimony about his call to ministry is that when he was born, there was something strange about him and some seer or something told his mother he was a special child with special mission. And as a child, he began to perform some signs.

    The truth every-Bible Christian knows is that no one is born a Christian or prophet in the New Testament dispensation! You are not Christian because you have an English name. Let’s get that clear. To become a Christian, you must one day repent of all your sins after you’ve heard the gospel and give your life to Christ. After that, you must join a Bible-believing church to be taught the word of God and be trained on how to live a successful Christian life.

    Several men of God I know have their testimonies of salvation, so what is Joshua’s? He does not appear to have any. So, somebody should, please, tell us when Joshua was born again and where and how?

    TWO: Who pastored Joshua?

    Who taught him God’s word? Which Bible-believing church did he belong to before his “call” to start the Synagogue of all Nations?) Who was his pastor? This is the New Testament principle as clearly shown in the Acts of Apostles. Those who received Christ were added to church where they are taught about God by the

    Apostles and by more mature Christians. Even when Saul had his encounter on the road to Damascus, that was not enough. A Christian called Ananias was sent to him to minister to him. After that, he joined the church in the city, and when he returned to Jerusalem, he joined the church in Jerusalem. So, he was known among the Christian community and he had fellowship with them. Also, the man called Apollos in the Acts of Apostles who studied the Bible and was teaching it (knowing only the baptism of John) was brought in by a Christian couple and taught about the salvation of Christ.

    There was also this man in the Acts of Apostles called Cornelius who began to serve God and try to live right. But God had to send an angel to advise him to send for Peter to come and teach him about salvation in Christ and lead him and his family to Christ. And after that, he was taught on how to live a Christian life. So he had a pastor.

    So, nobody can be born a Christian or prophet, or become one mysteriously in the New Testament. Every genuine pastor must have began his Christian life in a living, Bible-believing church, so where did Joshua begin his? Who and who did he fellowship with as a young Christian? Who knew him as a young Christian? Why is everything about him shrouded in mystery?

    Anybody who has been overwhelmed by his influence can come here and swear that he would die following Joshua – well that is the person’s problem. But get this clear: only an unwise person refuses to investigate the path he is following, and the

    person leading him on that path. I will never sit under a pastor without a definite Christian testimony, a definite, verifiable Christian foundation. I just hope people would not wait until it has become too late before retracing their steps. Life in eternity is too precious for one to be careless about investigating and being sure of the soundness of the foundation of the Church he is attending or the origin of the “man of god” he is listening to. Who knows, with the recent event, the “man at the synagogue” may have reached his point of unraveling!

    • teddy

      Very truthful questions? How are they martyrs? Did they die for their faith or for their foolishness. Pls TB’s English teacher should do the right thing.

  • T.B. Joshua raises the dead, surely this one is no problem for him.

    Nigerians and West Africans called for ZMapp and other experimental drugs.

    Why have Nigerians and West Africans refused to call on their ANOINTED ONES
    (e.g., Adeboye and Joshua) to start laying hands on Ebola patients?

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Yes, TB Joshua now stands at the gate of Heaven and, with a paper and pen in tow, declares who should and should not enter the Kingdom of Heaven! Very soon his ‘apostles’ and ‘disciples’ will run into the streets making merry and hailing him as god-incarnate. Nigerians and their warped perception of religion.