One of Nigerian richest and most popular pastors Chris Okotie is well known to be an outspoken critic of Pastor TB Joshua, according to his post on facebook he described pastor T.B Joshua as an attention seeker “imposter”.
“He is controlled by a malevolent misanthropic spirit”.
Speaking at his church service on Sunday, Joshua disclosed that he had just returned from the ‘Holy Land’ after holding meetings with three prominent Israeli mayors of Jerusalem, Tiberias and the Jordan Valley.
Joshua said Israel offered him both land and facilities in an area around the biblical site of the Sea of Galilee for the Nigerian Pastor to organise meetings for international pilgrims.
The pastor of Household of God International Ministries wrote on his official Facebook Profile under a news article he reposted detailing Joshua’s alleged relocation.
“His hypocritical jeremiad should be ignored. He is just another frustrated shaman seeking public sympathy,”
Okotie wordily concluded.
However, followers of Okotie were surprisingly quick to rise to Joshua’s defence, commenting that the cleric had not been positioned to judge on such matters.
“Honestly, I do not think a brilliant man like Chris Okotie will castigate another who propagates God’s throne,” queried Tamaraudoubra Sultan Zimughan.
“On whose mandate is Okotie labelling T.B. Joshua a shaman? Go to both Churches and see whose is more of God? Look at T.B. Joshua’s life and that of Chris Okotie and see who is more fruitful”.
APC chieftain Timi Frank and PDP stalwart Femi Fani Kayode are among those who have joined the growing call for Joshua to remain in Nigeria, citing the spiritual, economic and social impact of his church.
Reacting to the report, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain said the prophet should not be allowed to relocate from Nigeria because he is needed now more than ever in the country.
In a series of tweets on his social media handle, Fani-Kayode wrote: “We will not allow T.B. Joshua to leave Nigeria and relocate to Israel.He is one of God’s end-time generals. We need him now more than ever.
“It is almost over. The beast is dying.The flesh is rotting. The vultures are gathering. Yet even in death he revels in wickedness. FEAR GOD!”
Fani Kayode says TB Joshua cannot leave Nigeria at this time.
In a similar vein, A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Timi Frank, has begged the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Prophet TB Joshua against relocating his church to Israel.
The APC stalwart in a statement on Wednesday noted that Joshua’s prayers were needed more now, considering the challenges facing the country.
Reacting, however, Frank said: “I am making this appeal bearing in mind millions of people who daily benefit from welfare programmes of this man of God, not only in Nigeria but in Africa.’’
He maintained that Joshua’s presence in Nigeria went beyond religion, adding that it had positive economic impact on the lives of Nigerians and the country.
The former APC scribe said that statistics from the Nigerian Immigration Service revealed that six out of every 10 travellers to Nigeria visited the country because of T.B Joshua’s ministry, The Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
Meanwhile, in a post on Joshua’s official Facebook page, the controversial cleric revealed the secret behind his ‘money’. According to him, the reward accrued from ministry cannot be quantified in material terms.
Speaking specifically about his foreign crusades, Joshua disclosed that he pays for the large majority of arrangements and does not touch the offerings collected during such events.
“My joy is to see people healed, delivered and blessed. That is my money. Each person that is delivered is more than $20,000 to me! That is the money God gives me – the joy to sleep in peace,” Joshua stated.
“You need to know what it means if God uses you to heal and deliver people,” the cleric continued. “If you know what it means – the joy in God using you to deliver people – you will never ask the people you deliver to bring money… If God uses you to remove the pain of one, you are more than a millionaire.”
According to the prophet cum philanthropist, “If money is your gain, you are robbing yourself. That money is insufficient – it cannot give you peace.”