T.B. Joshua’s successor yet unknown as body goes home July 9
The prophet died at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2021. Since his demise, questions have been raised over his likely successor.
But addressing the media on the church premises yesterday, an international member, Dr. Gary Tonge, who spoke on behalf of the church, said the issue of succession was not on the table.
He spoke at a press conference to announce burial activities of the late clergyman, tagged: ‘Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Prophet T.B Joshua – Not Mine But God’s Own.’
Responding to questions on the succession plan of the church, Tonge said: “If there is anything to say on the subject, it will be clearly, plainly and directly announced.
“There are many different stories making the rounds in the media about succession. Until you hear an official announcement, it is best to disregard those things.”
He said invitations to the week-long event, which would commence July 5 and end July 11, would be private and restricted, while live broadcast would be made available on all its platforms.
Another member of the church, Ayodeji Olabiwonnu, said the decision to restrict people for the burial activities was in line with the COVID-19 guidelines set by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to curb the spread of the virus.
The programme, he said, would be broadcast live on Emmanuel TV, GOtv, Dstv, Facebook and selected media will also cover the programme.
The Deputy Chairman of a security committee for the burial, Mr. Andy Aniboh, said the church was working with Lagos State Government, the police, and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Vigilante Group, Department of State Services (DSS) and NCDC for adequate security during the programme.
“We have also made adequate arrangements with the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to grant us permission to close the front way and there would be a diversion to Oladiwura. So, from fifth to 11th, we are cooperating with the Lagos State Government to ensure adequate security for the VIPs and all attendees,” he said.
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