Nigeria’s controversial Pastor T.B. Joshua dies at 57
Nigerian Christian preacher Prophet T.B. Joshua passed away Saturday only a few days away from his 58th birthday on June 12.
The “Man of God” as his millions of followers — which include presidents and politicians, reverently referred to their beloved spiritual leader of “miracles” and “resurrections” often performed on the online digital media of the church, Emmanuel TV.
There was no indication that the Christian preacher — who had spoken just the day before during the Emmanuel TV Partners Meeting: “Time for everything – time to come here for prayer and time to return home after the service,” was ill and no exact cause of death has been established.
Although the religious leader boasted an avid following, Prophet T.B. Joshua also had his share of critics who dismissed him as a charlatan and fraudster.
After a complaint from the British association OpenDemocracy, denouncing hateful and homophobic speech, the channel — which had more than 1.8 million subscribers and 600 million views, was shut down.
Giant social network Facebook also removed several videos from the page officially affiliated with the church and the prophet for violating the company’s policy prohibiting “attacks on people based on their sexual orientation or gender.” The page which has 5.6 million subscribers — like the now shut down YouTube channel, contained videos of beatings of people from the LGBTQIA community to supposedly help exorcise the “demon of homosexuality” inside them.