Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Lagos State governor, has described Temitope Balogun Joshua, the late founder of Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN), as a man who fulfilled destiny by living for others.
Sanwo-Olu said this on Friday, while eulogizing the cleric at his funeral service which held in the church located in the Ikotun Egbe area of the state.
The evangelist, popularly known as TB Joshua, died on June5, 2021, at the age of 57.
The governor, who was represented by Anofiu Elegushi, Commissioner For Home Affairs in the state, said the deceased ran a purposeful race and was intentional about his pastoral ministry.
He said TB Joshua’s death will be remembered in the chronicle of the SCOAN as a significant occurrence.
Sanwo-Olu stated that the televangelist emulated Apostle Paul in the Bible and thus, deserved to be celebrated.
“We should however celebrate the life of this global evangelist who emulated Apostle Paul by fighting the good fight of faith, by completing his race and tenaciously keeping the faith until God called him home,” he said.
“His life is indeed worthy of emulation. Prophet TB Joshua’s story is inspirational. His love for God and humanity made the difference. He lived with the common man but became an uncommon minister. He was a man with humble beginning who never forgot his root, even after he became a renowned preacher and global evangelist. He still identified with the poor, fed the widows, and played the role of a father to many orphans.
“We must perpetuate his legacy by keeping faith alive because Christ lives, there is a greater and better tomorrow ahead of us. I urge Christians to adopt Prophet Temitope’s spirit of dedication, love and sacrifice which endeared him to his members and the indigent. He fulfilled destiny by living for others.”
Sanwo-Olu said his life should encourage Christians to renew their hope in Christ, love for others and faith in Nigeria.
Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were: Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State governor, his wife, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, and other government officials from the state.
Wife of the Ooni of Ife, Olori Naomi Adeyeye, who represented the monarch, representatives of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), foreign delegations, among others, were also present at the occasion.
TB Joshua was buried after the service at a mausoleum within the church premises.