LOST VOICES OF THE MARTYRS: FAMILIES OF SYNAGOGUE COLLAPSE VICTIMS SPEAK

I would love to appeal in my own little way to The families and relations of the martyrs who have taken offense at TB Joshua by reason of the building collapse, meting out threats of lawsuits and court injunctions. Please pause one moment and ask yourselves, is this what your deceased loved one would have done or gladly approved of if they were here present? Knowing the level of their devotion and commitment to the SCOAN? Will the departed soul of your beloved be united with you in this cause you now undertake against Joshua?

I learned of a man who is vehemently vexed to vendetta for his departed sister. To the one who has opened a website on this cause; your website is a desecration of the memory of your sister whom you claim to  love, this is proven by the account of her life before her demise. If you really knew her as you claim, you would know that you have with a single action wiped off what was dearest and uppermost in her heart. With what frown she would look upon you from heaven above for working at cross purposes with her – She who strove to live in affection towards the prophet in order that both he may be comforted and that she may saved through his preaching.

 Come to think of it, it is very unlikely that if your deceased love one had returned from the SCOAN with all round testimonies, you would have opened a website heralding the praise of God through the SCOAN. This fact alone exposes the hollowness of your “joshuamustaccountfordeaths” campaign, which is nothing but one of calumny. The entire catastrophe seems serviceable to you as just the right pretext for a premeditated move against Joshua, as it is to his ardent critics; a sordid fact that inadvertently numbers you in the bandwagon of those who delight in celebrating evil rather than good.

Doro rallying the families of victims against TB Joshua

Doro: rallying the families of victims against TB Joshua in order to his profit or otherwise?

By saying TB Joshua must account for the deaths you directly accuse him as being responsible for the demise of the entirety of victims. The only way such accusation would hold sway is if it is proven that the collapse was caused by a structural failure resulting from shoddy construction or building overload. The coroners inquest set up to establish the cause and manner of the collapse is still underway, But do you really believe structural failure to be the cause of the collapse? Judging from the CCTV capture of the near symmetrical, rapid and total collapse of the building, do you in all honesty perceive absolutely no trace of sabotage?

 There are a lot of things that could be said of you, but let’s highlight just one here. In your open letter to a South African Newspaper, you vociferously debunked the way TB Joshua tagged the victims as “martyrs of faith”, yet on your very own website you call them “Heroes and Heroines”. What sort of hypocrisy is this? What differentiates a martyr of faith from a hero? There are no greater heroes of faith than the martyrs of faith. They are basically synonyms so what is the problem? You have inadvertently provided evidence of your belief in the name martyr of faith by using the term hero. Yet you cloak and disguise it with tantrums and expect us to join you in a reckless path.

Some critics, like the vocal critic blog see this tragedy as the undoing of TB Joshua; they said in a comment that TB Joshua would not bounce back after this. Those who have suggested this have simply voiced out their ardent wish for TB Joshua. Everyone can tell that the SCOAN would weather this storm, the church still receives thousands of visitors, it is reported that even some of those who survived the collapse with injuries that were flown back to south Africa have returned to Nigeria to the SCOAN. They know in whom they have believed; His gospel through this Man is to them a faith not to be repented of, a cross not to be afraid of. Even if it means facing a life threatening situation, they would press a handful of this courage against their heart, and with its help, face life’s final deadline with confidence and boldness. How can those who are outside the light understand this? It is impossible. One blind from birth cannot tell how bright the sun is.

You seem to stand as a lone ranger, trying to open our eyes to what? what truth? That Joshua must account for what? Of what use is a blind man trying to show the way with a lamp knowing himself does not see with it?  Your impatience in this matter cannot be excused. Believing in the resurrection of Christ, i also believe my loved one will again rise again. since i have this assurance as to the resurrection of the dead, grief on account of death is empty. Why? why should i grieve if i do not believe my loved one has perished? why should i bear impatiently the temporal withdrawal of one whom i believe will return? That which you think of as death is only a departure. Those who have gone before us in this tragedy are not to be mourned, though of course they may be longed for. But even that longing must be tempered with patience “lest we should grieve at the falling asleep of anyone, like the pagans who lack hope”. (1 Thess 4:13)

The resurrection is  as true as death

Apart from the baptism of water, fire and spirit, we know also  of a fourth, that of martyrdom and by blood, which also our Lord underwent and this is more august than all others for it is not defiled by later stains.

People die daily, they lose their lives through varying degrees of tragedies, from car accidents to plane crashes and terrorism, yet nobody ever really makes much news and noise over them. Why does TB Joshua’s case have to be different? Is it not clear that this is the handiwork of back-stabbers using the tragedy as an avenue for further barrage of criticism against Joshua?

 Furthermore, in how many of these widespread tragedies have the ruling bodies offered reasonable support and relief for the grieving families as TB Joshua is recently doing? Offering R50000 per deceased person for the funeral arrangements and other cash gifts, supplies, groceries, scholarships for those left alive? Where would they have received such much needed help if not from the generous hands of TB Joshua? Yet someone who claims to be a believer is asking us to reject all of these and take up a lawsuit against the man of God with the secular authorities, even when the tragedy occurred due to no fault of his.

 If any one of the victims families associates with you who attempts to rally us against Joshua, he himself is one of those who would waste the church and soil the precious memory of the departed beloved. For being with us as having suffered loss of relation, but not with us in judgment of the cause, you are against us and are much worse than the accusers outside who lost no relation in this tragedy, because with the seeming friendship of sharing the same wound with us, you seek to disperse us from the faith our departed heroes and heroines entrusted us. You cannot turn us out of what we have received, and what has been committed to us. Joshua is under attack, he is the real victim in this whole tragedy and we will not add to his pains because he who adds to his present grief has not received Christ who sent him and he who has not received Christ shall be regarded as having despised the Father, wherefore he shall be cast out of the good kingdom.

TB Joshua Bodies Delayed By Nigerian Authority

 

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According to a government official who did not want to be named, the delays have been caused by the political haggling between South Africa and Nigeria.

The official said the Nigerian government has been refusing to have DNA analysis conducted in South Africa “even though they don’t have the expertise, facilities and skills”. Yet the Nigerian government would not allow the South African pathologists and forensic experts who travelled to Lagos to take DNA samples from the bodies, insisting on doing that itself. And it would not allow them to do the matching of the DNA samples with the DNA of the relatives of the dead.

This proves our point the those behind the tragedy played delay tactics, thinking that when the bodies decompose the chances of finding “explosive” on the bodies can’t be traced thus refusing to deploy bomb disposal unit to the scene; What a shame!

Because of the state of the bodies, just over 40 of the South African bodies could be identified by fingerprints.

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TB Joshua Building Collapes – Over Eight Thousand Applied to Visit!

It’s a known fact that Prophet TB Joshua is the most sought after by people all over the world visiting the Synagogue Church of all nation’s “SCOAN” All international airlines that has a direct flight to Lagos would attest to this as well as the Nigerian immigration and customs. It’s a known fact that Prophet TB Joshua is the most sought after by people within the vineyard.

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We are all aware how Idahosa started his attacks on the person of TB Joshua, followed by his predecessors  Ayo Irijafor, and other members of their association like Matthew Ashimolowo and other big wing Nigerian men of God, who are now rejoicing over the incident that took place at the SCOAN on the 12th Sept, 2014

THE NIGERIA GOVERNMENT

There were many contradictory statements made; that the Court has refused into which clearly tells me that the “Coroner” has already been briefed on how and in whose favor the case must be judged, just to soil the name of TB Joshua and his ministry “SCOAN” It is very clear because one of the witness during the inquest said:

On the collapse of the guesthouse, Ayinde said he had reviewed security camera footage released by SCOAN officials, which they claimed showed a low-flying aircraft above the building.

Joshua has suggested that the aircraft — and up to three others seen in the same position in the hour leading up to the tragedy — was linked to the collapse.

“It was within its flight corridor. It was moving on its directional path and an area of the airport,” he added.

“We also wrote and got a report from (the) Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority that the aircraft was flying 1,100 feet, which is 300 meters. So, the aircraft was not close to the building.”

The purpose of witnessing at the inquest is to speak the truth, the question is that was Mr. Ayinde at the scene at the time of the incident and  the  Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, he quoted ” that the aircraft was flying 1,100 feet, which is 300 meters. So, the aircraft was not close to the building.”? The answer is no.

It’s true that; that area is a flight path, of  which flight comes across from the EAST from Ejigbo, Cele area, but NEVER in History has flight flown from the WEST before, but that same flight flew over that particular building from the west 4 times at 60″ 40″ 20″ and  10″ to carry out their mission.

We have contacted the eyewitness we spoke with”GODSPOWER” to provide us the video he took of the Jet and would be published as soon as we receive it.

Head of the emergency services: As far as he is concerned, the problem is a structural failure and that a test in a so-called lab will determine if it was so. The same tune by the governor of Lagos and the same tune from the president; Both ignoring the presents of their Jet that flew over the SCOAN building from the west! Has anyone asked why the Nigerian authorities were so scared when they realized that South Africa was sending in investigators. They quickly, with the help of the Nigerian Tribune, came up with an article about President Zuma, his relationship with a presidential candidate, the sizable 9.3 million dollars trying to make it seem like there is a diplomatic row between the two countries even to the extent of comparing both economies and how bad South Africa was doing. Such writing is not done by unschooled journalists; such writing is done by crafty politicians who have an agenda in mind – to create confutation by putting pressure and/or bullying the South Africans into submission.

As soon as they realized that SCOAN had captured one of their planes on CCTV, they quickly came up with a destructive response. Note Nigeria’s Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, has dismissed insinuations linking the missing Air Force Alpha jet to sabotage. Could it be that indeed Major General Chris knew nothing about the plan to use the said plane for the SCOAN operation, but only the privileged few or the coincidence was too much. Why did that not name the two missing pilots with their pictures if indeed they were really lost in action. Not what Marshal Adesola Amosu said that the Nigerian army was in full control of its air space yet no one has come forward to say anything about that plane and what it was doing over the building. Take a look at this. Please go to list of combat Aircraft owned by the Nigerian Military.

http://www.combataircraft.com/en/Military-Aircraft/Nigeria/  This is a list of combat Aircraft owned by the Nigerian Military. Note the Hercules C-130.

EVIL NIGERIAN RELIGIOUS LEADERS

Once again its fact that the “PFN” Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria “CAN” Christian Association of Nigeria.

The current saga and involvement of Ayo and the 9.3 million dollar arms deal that went wrong in South Africa tells the shadiness of his dealings. Only God knows what these arms were intended for. The current assertion that it was to be used by the government or the army is just a cover up. What people don’t know is that through the ministry of interior CAN (Ayo) controls the influx of religious Christian visitors coming into Nigeria which has seen most of T.B. Joshua’s visitors denied entry visa’s to Nigeria. If T.B. Joshua or The SCOAN is not a member of CAN why should CAN care who visits him? You are all aware of many write up on the internet against TB Joshua and his ministry even TB Joshua ex-followers who turned against the ministry, just like Judas turned against Jesus Christ.

INTERNATIONAL VIEW

Regular visitors to the TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) continue to have faith in the organisation despite recent criticism. Since the tragic collapse over two months ago, of a building in Lagos in Nigeria housing visitors to the synagogue, the church has faced a great deal of criticism regarding their standards of safety.

Advocate Johnny Klopper and his wife Dorothy Klopper have visited SCOAN collectively more than 25 times in the past, and maintain that the church should not carry all the blame for the incident. Advocate Klopper believes everything done from the ministry’s side was done “in excellence” and is convinced that any future investigation will confirm this. Having travelled around the world with TB Joshua, he describes him as a humble man and says he has learned a great deal from him. His wife Dorothy Klopper also maintains that a third party may have been involved in the collapse of the building. She says TB Joshua loves all the guests visiting the synagogue, and says “he would never in any way take shortcut concerning their well-being”. See the full interview on Morning live  uploaded by us click here

T.B. Joshua’s statement shortly after the incident noting ‘a strange plane’ that flew over the building several times, alongside the release of security footage that captured the horrific incident, was widely condemned as irresponsible, irrational and insensitive.

Why Joshua’s Church Collapse Convinced Me He Is A Genuine Man Of God

I know many will be surprised at this opinion but it is an honest and frank progression of thoughts from an open-minded individual, not emboldened by any personal bigotry, political agenda or religious connotation.

T.B. Joshua is a name I was distantly aware of prior to the tragic collapse of a guesthouse within his premises on September 12th 2014 that plummeted over 100 salvation-seeking individuals into a premature grave. Indeed, I don’t think there is any Nigerian who can feign ignorance of Joshua’s fame and miraculous claims.

However, by virtue of both location and vocation, there had been no specific reason for me to form any particular opinion or premonition concerning him despite the volume of vitriolic reports I believe we have all heard or read to some degree in time-past.

I certainly respected Pastor Joshua for his commendable humanitarian services, just as I do anyone who gainfully uses their resources for the benefit and benefaction of others, but my train of thoughts had not travelled toward any further conclusive trajectory.

Therefore, the tragic incident and wave of attention bestowed relentlessly on Joshua in its wake provided fodder for reflection. Although I am not a personal adherent to the rather cryptic ‘marmite philosophy’ of ‘you either love it or hate it’, T.B. Joshua’s case appears to aptly illustrate this. Just look at the vast chasm between unreasonable detestation and irrational devotion displayed by Joshua’s foes and fans alike in online commentaries and debates!

I would opt more on the side of neutrality, governed hopefully by rationality! As a Christian, brought up under a strict moral barometer, I certainly consider myself a ‘spiritual realist’. I would like to believe I am governed by the indomitable principle that forces for both good and evil exist in this world and an individual has a candid choice as to which direction he swings in and thus which influence he operates under.

Therefore, the barrage of negativity and scathing personal attacks on Joshua that spread like wildfire in the wake of the tragic incident certainly irked me. I pose a question at this point – why would a tragedy provide any logical yardstick for determining the authenticity of an individual related to it?

Let me state a few points I observed. Firstly, unreasonable assertions founded on inconclusive insinuations were published as if they were sacrosanct. For example, the statement attributed to a NEMA official who had just arrived on the scene claiming the building’s foundations were not sufficiently strengthened to withstand the additional floors being added was widely quoted and formed a core basis for criticism. However, his arrival at such conclusion without actually digging up the foundation to test its strength was neither questioned nor queried. Also, are disaster management personnel in the right position to give authoritative information on construction matters?

Numerous reports questioned the empathy and efficiency of The SCOAN’s initial response, alleging that emergency workers were refused access to the site. An article published in South Africa’s best selling newspaper theatrically titled, ‘Blood On Their Hands’, even suggested the secrecy that shrouded the incident’s aftermath resulted in a higher death toll. These reports were accentuated whereas conflicting reports detailing the efficiency of The SCOAN’s response and the ‘miracles’ behind the rescues of over 130 were significantly downplayed.

T.B. Joshua’s statement shortly after the incident noting ‘a strange plane’ that flew over the building several times, alongside the release of security footage that captured the horrific incident, was widely condemned as irresponsible, irrational and insensitive. Yet, to date, no NAMA official has made a public statement explaining the plane’s mission in Ikotun that day, if indeed nothing sinister was involved.

Emmanuel TV’s release of a video showcasing controlled demolitions and their remarkable semblance to the manner in which The SCOAN building collapsed was similarly left out of many media reports as the conclusion of structural defects had already been suitably positioned in people’s reasoning.

At this juncture, I must posit that as an individual with some knowledge in construction matters, the manner of the ‘pancake collapse’ I witnessed from The Synagogue security footage certainly doesn’t suggest structural deficiencies. Let’s hope investigators unravel the truth!

Calls for Joshua’s incarceration and prosecution were championed by even respected Nigerian scholars abroad even though the official investigation has not (as yet) declared any shred of culpability on the part of The SCOAN.

To buttress my point, take a look at a piece penned by one skeptic named Leo Igwe on Sahara Reporters. It is titled, ‘T B Joshua: The Collapse Of A Charlatan’ and basically opines that Joshua’s collapsed building signals ‘the slow and gradual crumbling of a mega charlatanic ministry being spearheaded by one of the most notorious evangelical con artists Nigeria has ever known.’

The article contains no substance or systematic thought processes whatsoever; it is simply a barrage of incensed accusations of fabrication and deception against Joshua and Christianity in general. Why was it that Igwe’s openly anti-Christian rantings were given such free advertising? Surely, the focus should have been on the wellbeing of those who lost loved ones in the tragedy (to whom I send my sincere and heartfelt condolences) and not Pastor Joshua’s spiritual legitimacy?

Similarly, a laughable report in Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper shortly after the incident questioning Joshua’s miraculous abilities was prejudiced to the point of embarrassment. If a similar report had been filed on another subject matter, it would have been rejected for its blatant disregard for journalistic ethics and lack of credibility, yet it was not only published but disseminated on various online sites and foreign newspapers.

People repeatedly and usually sarcastically questioned on social media why Joshua had not ‘prophesied’ his own building collapse despite his famed divine insight to foresee events of international significance. The question certainly has validity but it is by no means a factor by which genuineness can be ascertained. Are we positioning Joshua on the level of our Creator by suggesting he must be ‘all-knowing’?

I ask the question here – had this tragic incident happened in the premises of a business tycoon or prominent hotelier, would the venom unleashed towards its owner have been proportionate to that leveled at T.B. Joshua?

It appears to me that people had already prepared and preloaded ‘ammunition’ against Pastor Joshua, awaiting an opportunity to unleash them in a concerted attempt at character assassination. The tragic incident simply provided the sufficient media and public attention to respectably mask motives yet spew forth venom.

In this respect, the amount of criticism leveled toward Joshua actually had an adverse affect on me. Why would people fight someone to such an extent, straining to paint him black, if he was not standing up for what is right? Why would such vehement personal attacks arise against an individual, who has not been found guilty on any counts as yet, without another sinister motive at play? What evidence is there of a man who stands for light if darkness does not attempt to snuff him out?

The more I listen to T.B. Joshua’s teachings on Emmanuel TV, watch the miraculous activities, eye-opening confessions and touching testimonies, the more I begin to understand. What happened that day was an attack, not just on T.B. Joshua or Nigeria, but on the kingdom of God.

In this matter, although it may be against popular opinion, I humbly yield to the promptings of my conscience – T.B. Joshua is a servant of the Most High.

Johnson Abayomi, a football coach of Nigerian origin, wrote this from his base in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

SCOAN COLLAPSE UPDATE: FALSE REPORTING OF TB JOSHUA BLOG

Today something incredibly revealing happened in the blogosphere. Something we would not have believed even if we were told. The vocal TBJ critic blog who assert themselves an authority in everything TB Joshua and SCOAN published an article on the SCOAN tragedy. In the article, they posted a photo of the collapsed building to undermine the theory of a controlled demolition with the caption:

SCOAN say that the collapse must have been a controlled explosion because it was “rapid, total and near-symmetrical”. Does this photo support the theory?

The initial photo and caption used by TB Joshua watch to represent the collapsed SCOAN Building

The initial photo and caption used by TB Joshua watch to represent the collapsed SCOAN Building

The revealing fact of this sordid attempt to debunk the theory of controlled demolition is that the photo they used WAS NOT AT ALL the photo of the synagogue rubble, but another photo of a separate collapse elsewhere. A fact which a commenter by the name Andrew pointed out to them in these words:

  1. Andrew says:November 3, 2014 at 6:46 am

    @TBJwatch, please, that photo you posted in this article is not the photo of the building that collapsed at SCOAN, PLEASSE, why must you mislead people with it. that was not a photo of the collapsed building. that building that collapsed, collapsed totally, what is wrong with you guys? what is your problem, Just what are you planning to achieve with this? in your search for a photo to use in this post, you ignored all the live photos of the disaster taken by different journalists and even news crews and go over a limb to use a different photo from that of the collapse. may God judge this evil machination of yours, may God judge, may God judge since there is God

To which the critic watch blog replied:

    • tbjoshuawatch says:November 3, 2014 at 7:08 am

      @Andrew – apologies for that, you are in fact correct. The photo we used had been widely used in articles about the SCOAN tragedy, but on further investigation it turns out to not be a photo of that. We have no intention to mislead people, and sincerely apologise for using the wrong image. We are removing it immediately.

To many, this may not seem like much but if you have been following their articles numbering over ten since the SCOAN tragedy, you would agree that this is a massive deal.

How come an acclaimed authority on this subject, having published close to ten articles on the building collapse, cannot rightly distinguish a dissimilar photo from an actual photo of the collapse rubble? even with the more than obvious striking differences?

Here are the differences below that escaped the notice of the vocal critic blog and their legion of supporters.

  1. The photo they used only showed the partial collapse of a building, whereas the SCOAN guest house collapse was total.
  2. The photo they used showed a building not roofed, still in construction, whereas the SCOAN guest house was completely roofed.
  3. The photo they showed as the SCOAN building was a three storey building, whereas the collapse building was a six-storey building.

If they could not rightly identify a photo of the collapse rubble which is sprawled on the internet, and in error posted a false photo, how then can they rightly discern and distinguish the facts of this tragedy from the ongoing rumors?

We leave that for you to judge who consider them “A comprehensive resource on TB Joshua and SCOAN.

The lame idea of an excuse they gave for their error was this:

tbjoshuawatch says:

November 3, 2014 at 7:08 am

@Andrew – apologies for that, you are in fact correct. The photo we used had been widely used in articles about the SCOAN tragedy,…”

So they went ahead to use it without even knowing for certain or at least finding out if it was the real photo; despite this lopsided reporting and sheer negligence, they earlier in the comments replied a commenter saying:

    • tbjoshuawatch says:November 3, 2014 at 4:22 am

      @mandela if you read our article, you’d see we have done our research…

..and a proceed of the said research was the posting of a fake photo to overcome the truth, for which they were duly reprimanded by a reader.

This is foolproof evidence that these writers are far from reality. Even, why speak us of reality when they did not even know the truth? If they had known how the collapse rubble really looked like, they would NEVER have mistaken a false photo for the true one. When you know the truth, what is false is easy to tell. These critic bloggers did not even know how a real photo of the rubble looked like; yet they assert themselves as knowing the circumstances and facts surrounding the collapse. Very impulsive.

The (original) caption-less photo used by TB Joshua blog after being reprimanded by a reader

The (original) caption-less photo used by TB Joshua critic  blog after being reprimanded by a reader

After replacing the photo with the original picture, why did they not leave the original quote underneath intact: which said:

SCOAN say that the collapse must have been a controlled explosion because it was “rapid, total and near-symmetrical”. Does this photo support the theory?

They could not because they know very well that the actual true photo of the rubble very well tells all that needs to be told of the tragedy, but they would rather not admit because of their prejudice. Neither they nor their legion of anti-Joshua commeters could discern all of this, what a blow. One of their most prolific commenters even had the guts to say this:

Jesse says:

On a final note, the question remains, can people who could not do so little as identify a fake photo of the collapse rubble, rightly tell you of the truth of the tragedy’s cause? If you think so feel free to listen to them; but for us, this mistake of theirs is a whistle blower of their evil machination, audible to the deaf, lucid to the blind and tangible to the paralytic.

If you still believe that writers who needed their readers help to identify a false photo of the collapse rubble can tell you any truth of the collapse, feel free to listen on. You may even laud them for owning up to such a malignant error, but then it is less to their glory for admittance and more to their shame for such depth of ignorance on this subject.