Renowned Nigerian Prophet and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Pastor TB Joshua has revealed plans of relocating his ministry to Israel. TB Joshua’s relocation intentions was revealed by the Prophet himself during his church service on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Apparently, the prophet has already been to the country to negotiate with three prominent Israeli mayors of Jerusalem, Tiberias and the Jordan Valley.
Reasons for Pastor TB Joshua’s relocation plans revolve around massive persecution and castigations directed at him and his ministry by Nigerians, as well as other African countries. It is no longer news that SCOAN is the most persecuted church in Nigeria. To the prophet, the most disheartening part of it all is that fellow Christians, are the ones who criticize his church.
This is why the prophet has maintained that his relocation would make Nigerians “appreciate” what his ministry had been contributing to both the local economy and the country’s international image.
The more accommodating Israel the prophet said, have offered him both lands and facilities to set up his ministry. Pastor TB Joshua also has a befitting answer to the above question which has been on the lips of many Nigerians. Interestingly, these lands are in areas around biblical sites, of which one of them is the Sea of Galilee; a perfect location which will make room for a better connection with the divine.
Pastor TB Joshua also explained that Israel is the best place for the relocation, as congregants will have the privilege to move around all the spiritual monuments and reflect on their faith.
More so, being a biblical location, the prophet said that the Holy Land of Israel is “where my Father in Heaven came from”, making it the best place for a new location. TB Joshua said Israel will be his main base if he relocates, and that anyone who wishes to see him would go to the country to do so.
How Will TB Joshua’s Relocation Affect Nigeria’s Economy?
News of TB Joshua’s relocation intentions has sparked off negative reactions in the country. Political stakeholders have expressed concern towards the economic effects which TB Joshua’s exit from the country would cause. More so, the Nigerian government appears to need the ministry more than Nigerians, considering the gross revenue it generates for the country.
Moreover, the Nigerian government appears to need the ministry more than Nigerians, considering the gross revenue it generates for the country. The government has appealed with the prophet to rescind his decision, as it could be a complete loss for the country.
It is said that Pastor TB Joshua’s ministry had a huge positive economic impact on the lives of Nigerians and the country, owing to the amount of tourist and economic attractions it draws to Nigeria from different parts of the world.
The Nigerian government, through the minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed described the development as unfortunate and called for a dialogue between the prophet and the authorities over the supposed persecutions and challenges. According to Lai Mohammed, TB Joshua ought to be in his home country so that all revenues generated from his ministry would be for Nigeria’s benefit, especially at a time when the economy is said to be limping.
Another Nigerian politician who has defied status to plead with the prophet is the country’s former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode. M. Kayode has said he won’t allow the founder of the Synagogue Church to leave the country because he is one of “God’s end-time general”. Though there are vague interpretations to that, the former Aviation Minister said Nigeria needs the prophet now more than ever.
TB Joshua Mocked by Some Counterparts
Meanwhile, some pastors in Nigeria have reacted in the most unexpected way to the news of TB’s Joshua’s looming relocation. Founder of the House of God International Ministry, Reverend Chris Okotie have thrown jabs at the prophet, accusing him of seeking attention.
Reverend Okotie who has been a longtime critic of the cleric described him as an attention-seeking “impostor”, who is controlled by a “malevolent misanthropic spirit”. The renowned scholar said that pastor TB Joshua is only frustrated and out to garner public sympathy.
In the same vein, there’s a feeling of numbness among a section of Nigerians who feel the prophet’s exit would be just like any other business leaving the country. In recent times, companies, both national and multinational, have reportedly left the country due to unfavorable terms and conditions imposed by the Nigerian government.