A group of Nigerian intellectuals based in the United States of America are calling for the arrest and trial of Prophet T.B. Joshua of the Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN).
This is in reaction to the tragic collapse of a 6-storey guest house belonging to the Synagogue church in which 115 people were said to have lost their lives.
This was disclosed in a press statement jointly signed by Olufemi Taiwo of Cornell University, Ithaca; Ebenezer Obadare of University of Kansas, Lawrence; Akin Adesokan of Indiana University, Bloomington; Wale Adebanwi, of the University of California, Davis; and Tejumola Olaniyan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, PM News reports.
The University dons are of the opinion that Joshua deliberately tried to cover up the truth on what caused the collapse in his church premises and therefore deserves to be tried.
They faulted the church’s initial attempt to deny emergency services and the media access into the church premises when the incident occurred.
The intellectuals who also criticized TB Joshua for linking the collapse to terrorist attack, noted that attempts by the man of God to bribe journalist proves him culpable and so he should be made to face the law for his role in the unfortunate incident.
Reacting to the visits of Gov Fashola of Lagos state and President Goodluck Jonathan to Joshua to commiserate with him over the tragic incident, the University dons expressed displeasure, wondering why the meetings were not held in the hospitals where the victims are receiving treatment or at the homes of the dead where their relatives are still grieving.
They said: “The president’s visit to the scene of the collapsed building in which he commiserated with Mr. Joshua was painful to watch. Why would the Nigerian president visit and express solidarity with the leader of a church who should be a person of interest in an ongoing police investigation?”
Irrespective of the high-profile visits by government officials to the Prophet, they are calling for security agencies to thoroughly investigate the matter and unearth the truth.
T.B. Joshua has come under serious criticisms after the Synagogue collapse. A group of South African youths had said they do not want the prophet coming to their country until they find out what really happened.
A Lagos based legal practitioner, Samuel Ilori, has also said that he will sue Joshua, accusing him of been responsible for the death of several people after a building collapsed in his church’s premises.
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