NLC demands probe of Synagogue Church tragedy

Synagogue Building collapse

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Friday called on the Federal Government to immediately investigate the collapse of a five-storey guesthouse belonging to Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, in which about 115 people were crushed to death.

The bulk of the casualties were South African nationals who thronged to the church seeking divine healing.

Nigerians have been calling for a full-scale investigation into the incident to ensure that the founder of the church, popular evangelist, T.B. Joshua, if found guilty of irregularities as regards the building, is made to face the law.

Nigerians have also condemned what they describe as a show of solidarity with Mr. Joshua by President Goodluck Jonathans and Lagos Governor Babatunde Fashola.

The NLC in a statement in Abuja said the loss of lives by the victims was avoidable.

“It is an occurrence Nigeria can ill-afford,” an official of the Congress, Benson Upah, said on behalf of the General Secretary of NLC. “The relatives of the victims deserve to know the truth.”

The NLC called for a professional and transparent probe of the incident to lay bare all the facts, pointing out that a shoddy investigation was capable of further denting Nigeria’s image.

The congress said by probing the incident Nigerians would not only be putting to rest all the speculations surrounding the collapse, but also prevent similar tragedies from recurring in future.

While commiserating with the families of the victims over the incident, the NLC urged the government to empower the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to improve their response capacity during similar incidents in future.


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  • Bambam

    The Lagos state should do the lawful and investigate the collapse at the Synagogue church now!!

    • Otile

      I don’t thing such investigation is going to bring out anyone from the dead. Nobody deliberately pulled down the Synagogue like Mohammedans who burn churches and attack worshipers. All that animists, Mohammedans, and the godless are doing here is trying to destroy the man of God. But the devil is a lair.

      • God requires us to EXPOSE EVIL, especially when the sin is by Church Leaders.

        Out of Love, true-Christians must sound the alarm about wolves THAT PEOPLE THINK ARE SHEEP.

        That’s true Christian Love for God and men.

        1Corinthians 14:29 “Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others JUDGE.”

        John 7:24, Jesus said: “Do not judge according to appearance, but JUDGE with RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT.”

        1Timothy 5:20 “(The Elders) who are sinning, REBUKE IN THE PRESENCE OF ALL, that the rest also may fear.”

        1John 4:1 “… DO NOT BELIEVE every spirit, but TEST the spirits, whether they are of
        God, because MANY False prophets have gone out into the world.”

  • Ashibogu

    Unknown to many, the Synagogue church is the power behind many political and economic thrones in Nigeria. This explains why the powers that be are strangely hesitant in applying extant sanctions against the haramic collapse of the fading spiritual empire. As the Synagogue is falling so shall many political and economic empires deriving their source from the place go down anytime soon! God is set to deliver Nigeria from the spirit of fraud and deception!

    • How is it that T.B. Joshua and his God have NO MERCY to raise at-least
      one dead person out of the 100 dead, since he raises the dead.

      Adeboye is another example of a false prophet.

      It’s almost impossible to find any true Pastor today.

  • Abdulaziz Umoru

    NLC! pls cam down the truth will surely comes out to de all nation and de world. TB JOSHUA IS REAL.

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  • Naija

    Govt need to do a serious investigation because a building that collapse on it’s self completely I doubt if that is structural defect. NCAA should first establish where that plane came from, where it went and who owns it before any other thing because more than 40% of buildings in Naija have no approval not only this one.

  • dudu

    Dear Prof. If the APC hopes to have a sustaining ideology and tell us how different it is from the PDP, then it should away with the likes of Audu and call off the bluff of his supporters. A great piece as usual. may your pen never dry