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1 year 3 weeks ago #12254 by lighteousness
In the early hours of Sunday, renowned Nigerian preacher and televangelist, Prophet TB Joshua of The Synangogue Christ Of All Nation was reported dead after having a programme in his church from an undisclosed cause. The philanthropist has been named to be one of the most renowned preachers in Nigeria but controversial. The preacher has been known for being involved in several controversies including making predictions and claims to cure various ailments and to make people prosper through miracles. He was, however, controversial, with critics questioning his claims and saying he profited from people seeking hope. Here are TEN times the preacher has been involved in controversies
1.       COLLAPSED BUILDING: In September 2014, the guest house of the church collapsed, killing more than 100 people, most of them foreigners who were in Nigeria to attend his services. While authorities say the building collapsed because of structural defects, TB Joshua insisted the building was blown up by a small plane that he claimed flew over it shortly before it came down.  2.       YOUTUBE AND FACEBOOK VIDEO REMOVAL: In April, the pastor’s YouTube channel, which has more than 1.8 million subscribers and 600 million views, was shut down over allegations of hate speech against LGBTQ people. In one of his videos, watched more than 1.5 million times, a woman is seen being hit violently to “cure” her of her sexuality. Homosexuality is illegal in Africa’s most populous country, and “homosexual acts” can carry a 14-year prison sentence. Facebook had also removed several videos on Joshua’s page, which has more than 5.7 million followers, for his anti-LGBTQ remarks.   3.       PFN AND CAN REJECTION: Joshua was publicly condemned by several prominent pastors within Nigeria, his most vocal critic being Pastor Chris Okotie who described him as a 'son of the devil'. The Christian Association of Nigeria and Pentecostal Fellowship Of Nigeria both acknowledged Joshua was not a member of either organization and denounced him as an 'impostor'. Enoch Adeboye, David Oyedepo, Ayo Oritsejafor, Paul Adefarasin and Matthew Ashimolowo are among the pastors who publicly denounced Joshua, as did disgraced American megachurch leader Ted Haggard. In 2000, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, said that he will not even worship in Joshua's Church. Asked whether he could worship in Joshua's church, Adeboye retorted, “No! Definitely not! If he wants me to come and minister in his church, we will sit down; we will discuss the issue of salvation the way I understand it, according to the scriptures. If we agree on that and he now wants me to come and preach the same message of salvation in his church, then I will go.”   4.       BLACKLISTED BY CAMEROON: He was 'blacklisted' by the government of Cameroon in 2010 and termed a 'son of the devil'. Rumours of a visit by Joshua to Zimbabwe in 2012 led to an intense national debate, culminating with pastors and politicians strongly objecting.   5.       HIV AIDS CURE CONTROVERSY: In 2011, several media houses in UK reported at least three people in London with HIV died after they stopped taking lifesaving drugs on the advice of their pastors. The HIV prevention charity African Health Policy Network (AHPN) believed that The SCOAN "may" be one of those involved in such practices although the three in question have no demonstrable link to the SCOAN. The BBC quoted The SCOAN as saying "No, we do not ask people to stop taking their medication".  6.       PRIVATE JET CONTROVERSY: On 14 September 2015, it was reported that Joshua "secretly purchased a $60 Million Gulfstream G550 Private Jet".[176] These rumors were dismissed as false by a media aide of Joshua.   7.       BOKO HARAM MEMBER VISIT TO CHURCH: A self-confessed member of the Islamic sect Boko Haram came to The SCOAN in March 2014, allegedly with plans to 'bomb' the church. According to him, it was Joshua's prayers that prevented the plan and later compelled him to confess. The subsequent clip of the confession went viral on YouTube and proved very controversial. A group known as the "Movement for Accountability and Good Governance", has called for the investigation of the incident based on the claims that were made  8.       PANAMA PAPERS CONTROVERSY: Nigeria's Premium Times newspaper stated that Joshua incorporated a company called Chillon Consultancy Limited in the British Virgin Islands in June 2006, based on reports stemming from the Panama Papers leak. Joshua immediately denied his involvement, stating on Facebook, "I am not a businessman and have no business whatsoever. What God has given me is more than enough  9.       MUSLIM CLLERIC CONTROVERSY: A prominent Nigerian Muslim cleric, Sheikh Hussaini Yusuf Mabera, threatened to drag Joshua to court for "describing Jesus Christ as God"  10.   PROPHESIES CONTROVERSY: The prophet has been involved in a lot of controversy surrounding his prophesies. Joshua incorrectly predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the 2016 US election. After this prophecy failed to materialize, with Donald Trump winning the election, Joshua stated that he was referring to Clinton's win in the popular vote and any misinterpretation was due to a lack of "spiritual understanding". In April 2016, he predicted that an impending terror attack would befall Ghana with the news making the national headlines and led the national police to issue a statement calling for the general public to be calm and vigilant. 600 foreigners reportedly cancelled their visits to Ghana in the wake of the statement. Days later, a captured Malian terrorist confessed that his group had planned to target Ghana  

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