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Ex-classmate reveals the TB Joshua many didn’t know



Ex-classmate reveals the TB Joshua many didn’t know

Pastor Folorunsho Emmanuel Bamiduro, a childhood friend and ex-classmate of the late founder of Synagogue, Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua spoke about the early life of the renowned prophet and how he started his ministry.

Bamiduro during an interview with The Nation stated disclosed that the popular televangelist and philanthropist started from the Celestial Church of Christ before establishing Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).

How much of the late Prophet T.B. Joshua did you know?

There is a linkage between us. We were childhood friends. I am a native of Ikare- Akoko while Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua was an indigene of Arigidi-Akoko in Ondo State. I must say that Akoko indigenes love themselves very much and love to do things together wherever they live, because we are unique. He was a confirmed prophet because Akoko is one of the Yoruba towns renowned for producing great prophets, just like Ijeshaland.

There is the story that the late Cherubim and Seraphim Church founder, Prophet Moses Orimolade, who is also a native of Akoko, had blessed the area by dipping his rod into water and prophesying that Akokoland would produce many prophets. Hence, many people, including the late Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) founder, Apostle Ayo Babalola, who carried out the greater part of his missionary work in Akokoland, myself and the deceased (Joshua) are prophets today.

Joshua was very cautious and exhibited circumspection in choosing his friends right from when we were in school at Ansar-Ud-Deen (AUD) Grammar School, Ikare-Akoko, Ondo State. He was much obsessed with reading (James) Hardley Chase and Shakespeare novels, while I loved and still love to read novels about war and combatant stories because my childhood ambition was to join the military. He was fond of guarding his novels jealously by keeping them under his armpit when in school, because he didn’t want them to be stolen or borrowed by anyone.

We both had a circle of friends in school back then. The current Special Adviser on Tourism and Culture to Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Wale Ojo-Lanre, was one of our classmates and friend, and others like Rotimi Aromolaran and Barrister Wole Ademuwagun.

What kind of person was he in school back then?

He was a boy with many characters. He was a very brave student, very funny and comical, and made people laugh. He also loved to be alone most times.

What year did you finish school?

All of us, including Joshua, graduated from the school in 1982, and we never met again until a few years later.

Did he show any traits of potential clergyman while you were growing up?

Yes, he was fond of beating drums in church and singing during our Wednesday and Sunday fellowships in school, and he was generally a very mystical character in the way he conducted himself.

At what point did you reconnect with him after your secondary school days?

We got in touch about five years after we left school and we continued with our friendship.

Prophet Joshua actually lived with me when he relocated to Lagos. I had been living in Lagos before he joined me, and he lived with me for four years at my residence somewhere in Lagos here.

He later moved on with his life and I also started my missionary work somewhere in Abule Egba, a Lagos suburb, while he established his church in the Ikotun area of Alimosho.

A lot of people wonder how he started his ministry before he established Synagogue Church at Ikotun…

No man falls down from the sky. He certainly has his own history in the vineyard and how he trained and worked with some clergymen before founding his own church. What I know is that he trained and worked under two men of God who are also late now. I know that in the beginning when he relocated to Lagos, he started his cleric work in a white garment denomination, Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) to be precise, before he founded his own church – Synagogue Church of All Nations at Ikotun. Those who say he had no background as a cleric are only envious of him and his outstanding ministry.

Did you keep in touch with him regularly before his death?

We kept in touch on the phone once in a while because of our busy schedules. I am very busy and he was always very busy too. Most of the time he gave me appointments to see him, I couldn’t make it because I was also very busy with my church activities and rights activism.

Did you have any plan to see him before his death?

We had fixed our reunion for December because it had been a long time we met as ex-students since we left secondary school. One of us, Rotimi Ademuwagun, is the one coordinating all members of our set for the reunion. Joshua had met with him and they had discussed extensively the reunion programme. We were all looking forward to the event, not knowing that he would die so soon.

How did you feel when you received the news of his death?

My reaction was that of a delayed shock. I still don’t know what to say now because his death is a colossal loss to the entire Akokoland.

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Ex-Service Chiefs Buratai, Olonisakin get Letters of Credence




Ex-Service Chiefs Buratai, Olonisakin get Letters of Credence

Former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Yusufu Buratai (Rtd) has been presented with his Letter of Credence.

Buratai is the Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Benin.

The immediate past Chief of Defence staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin (Retired) was also presented with his Letter of Credence.

Olanisakin is the Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of Cameroon.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, according to the ministry presented the Letters of Credence to them on Wednesday morning.

Onyeama, during the brief ceremony, congratulated them on their appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari and called on them to deploy their wealth of experience to promote Nigeria’s interest during their tour of duty in countries of accreditation.

President Muhammadu Buhari had nominated the ex- four Service Chiefs on 4th February 2021.

They were confirmed by the Senate on February 23, 2021 despite public outcry.

Ex- Chief of Air staff, Ibok Ibias and former Chief of Naval Staff, Abubakar Sadique are still awaiting their posting.

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Tithing is a sinful practice that carries a curse for Christians – Daddy Freeze




Tithing is a sinful practice that carries a curse for Christians – Daddy Freeze

Popular media personality, Daddy Freeze has again addressed the act of tithing by Christians.

Freeze claimed that tithing is a sinful practice that carries a curse for Christians.

He said this in reaction to Pastor Mike Murdoch’s claim of tithe being a forever seed with a harvest which never ends.

According to him, there is no scriptural record of Non-Jewish Christians paying tithes.

The media personality wrote;

Of course the harvest for teachers like these is forever. Them go dey milk Una dey go. What a joke!

Tithing is a sinful practice that carries a curse for Christians. There is no scriptural record of Non Jewish Christians paying tithes.

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We’ll suspend any social media platform used to bring down Nigeria – Lai Mohammed




Release N9.4bn digital switchover spending details, Anti-corruption coalition tells Lai Mohammed

The federal government has disclosed that it will not hesitate to suspend any social media platform which allows activities that have a negative impact on the country.

This was disclosed on Tuesday by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed when he appeared before a house of representatives investigative panel.

He was summoned by the green chamber to explain the circumstances behind the decision of the government to suspend Twitter’s operations in the country.

Speaking before the house committees on communication, justice, information and culture, and national security and intelligence, Mohammed said Twitter became a platform for those who want to “bring down” the country.

He said the government would also suspend any platform that wants to toe the same path as the microblogging site.

“On Twitter not being the only social media in Nigeria but banning Twitter alone, honestly, we suspended Twitter because Twitter became a platform of choice for those that want to bring down this country,” he said.

“If any other platform does it, we will suspend their operations too. It is because there is a country called Nigeria that they have business here.

“Honestly, I think it is a good opportunity for our very resourceful Nigerians to also look at how they can have an app that can replace Twitter, and it would be patronised by all of us. We have received a few approaches and we want to encourage them.”

The minister said for those whose businesses are affected by the Twitter suspension, there are other social media platforms operating in the country.

He said the government is open to discussion with Twitter and its suspension may be reversed after meeting the conditions imposed by the government.

“Like I have said, we owe no responsibility to Twitter. It is not registered in Nigeria. It does not employ Nigerians. It does not pay taxes to Nigeria,” he said.

“If Nigerians do make money through Twitter, unfortunately, Nigeria has to be a country first before they can make that money. Like I said, there are other platforms available to them. Hopefully, if we are able to resolve this matter quickly, they will resume use of Twitter.

“The doors are not closed. We are willing to speak to Twitter. Twitter has written a letter seeking for government dialogue and just today, I did issue a statement which I announced the government’s team that is ready to meet Twitter,” he said.

“When I leave here, I intend to see whether we can have a preliminary meeting of that committee. We hope that the committee will be able to meet first and that the committee would have a good dialogue with Twitter.

“But like we said, there are two basic things that Twitter or any OTT or social media needs to do — they must first be registered as a Nigerian company after which they will apply for licence. Other conditions will come up as we go along.”

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