Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, has attacked Chris Okotie, founder of the Household of God Church, over his comment on the death of Temitope Balogun Joshua, senior pastor of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN).
The SCOAN founder, popularly called TB Joshua, died last Saturday in Lagos at 57, to the shock and disbelief of many Nigerians.
Following the development, Okotie, who is known not to be friends with Joshua, in a cryptic message on his Facebook page three days after the sad incident, wrote:
“Hebrews 1:13… Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool (Hupopodion/Greek)
“The wizard at Endor who assumed the title Emmanuel, has been consumed by divine indignation. And now his disciples bewail his ignominious exit.
No marvel, one third of God’s angels followed the disgraced anointed cherub Lucifer!!”
His comments angered Nigerians, including Fani-Kayode who in a write up titled ‘Between T.B. Joshua and Kris Okotie’ on Friday, lambasted Okotie, saying he will suffer sorrow and shed tears.
In the article, in which he said he would talk to Okotie “in the language he will understand”, the politician berated the former singer for bringing more sorrow to the family and followers who are still mourning the deceased.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain described Okotie as “devil worshipper” and “fake prophet”.
He expressed disdain and hate for the Household of God Church founder.
“I am always reluctant to join issues publicly with men and women of God but Okotie’s insults on my friend and brother, who is no longer here to defend himself, are so grave and damaging that they cannot go unanswered,” he partly wrote.
“Whilst the rest of the world is busy mourning Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of the Synagogue of All Nations (SCOAN) and celebrating his outstanding ministry and legacy, he has chosen to slander him in the most grievous manner even whilst his body still remains in the mortuary!
“However with your foul-mouthed and vicious assault and utterly inexplicable, irresponsible and unprovoked attack on the person of TB Joshua, all that has gone with the wind. Today I have nothing but contempt, scorn and disdain for you and, simply put, I loathe and despise you.
“Even if you never liked TB Joshua or you had reason to suspect that his source of power was questionable, couldn’t you have just keep your mouth shut and let those of us that believed in him, loved him and respected him mourn him in peace?
“You seek to villify and shame the memory of a humble, gentle, decent and kind soul who was a million times the man and servant of God that you are or could ever be and who has just gone to meet his maker.
“You call him the wizard of Endor but if anybody is a wizard it is you. If anyone is a magician it is you. If anyone is a dark force and wicked soul that indulges in necromancy and devil worship, it is you. If anyone is a follower of satan, it is you. If anyone is a fake Pastor and false Prophet, it is you.
“The more you attempt to dishonor a man like TBJ and bring sorrow to his wife, children, admirers, followers and Church members all over the world the more God will cause you to suffer failure and sorrow and to shed tears.”