A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has approved the appointment of Mrs Evelyn Joshua as a trustee of the Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN).
Justice Tijjani Ringim gave the approval on Thursday while ruling on a petition by some concerned members of the church, especially Kola Kareem and Moji Oguntoyinbo, who filed for themselves and on behalf of all the members of SCOAN.
In the petition, they urged the court to appoint the widow of the founder of the church as a member of the trustees, in line with the constitution of the church which prescribes a minimum of three trustees for SCOAN.
The petitioners claimed that their petition followed the sudden demise of the late General Overseer of SCOAN, fondly called Prophet T. B. Joshua, who was also a church trustee.
Pastor TB Joshua died suddenly on June 5, 2021, at age 57.He was a Nigerian pastor and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
The charismatic preacher and televangelist was showered with praises by his followers as a ” true man of God” and a philanthropist who fed the poor, gave electricity, educational scholarships, emergency relief, and employed young people in his football club.
TB Joshua founded his ministry in the year 1987. It became a household name in most African countries due to the live broadcasts of his church services.
His live broadcasts were viewed by millions of his congregants on Emmanuel TV and other online platforms.
He had more than five million followers on social media, with more than 15,000 people patronizing his services weekly.
TB Joshua greatly transformed African Pentecostalism into a transnational global movement with branches in Austria, Ghana, the UK, SA, Gabon, and Greece.
He also garnered for himself a great deal of criticism. His critics dismissed him as a ” fake prophet” and a proponent of the ” health and wealth” gospel which takes advantage of his followers trapped in poverty.
TB Joshua is set to be buried on July 9, on the premises of his church located in Lagos State. The Synagogue is going to host a week- long church service from July 5 to 11 so as to honour Prophet TB Joshua’ s life and legacy.