The wife and children of the late T.B Joshua alongside other personalities on Tuesday paid their last respects to the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nation (SCOAN) in a service held in his honour on Tuesday.
In her tribute, Evelyn Joshua, wife of the late preacher, described her husband as a man who was dedicated to his divine call.
According to her, “The lion himself, I have spent 31 years with my husband, T.B.J, the man in the synagogue, that is the name I fondly call him. Our lives were not without trials and tests and as a Christian, I know trials and tests cannot break the one who relies on God’s strength.”
The service was part of the weeklong funeral ceremony in honour of the late televangelist.
The ceremony was nearly marred by a fire incident on Monday night after a candlelight procession was held in his honour.
The event, which commenced at about 11 a.m. at the church premises, was attended by a representative of President Salva Kiir of South Sudan; Gani Adams, the former leader of the O’odua Peoples Congress; Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation; Osagie Obayuwana, president of Committee for Defence Human Rights; Willard Mswati Gomani, a Malawian traditional ruler; Nollywood actors and other international dignitaries.
Security agencies including the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force (NPF), Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps (LSNSC), Lagos State Traffic Management (LASTMA) were stationed at the main entrance of the church and barricaded the entry and exit points.
Premium Times observed that many commuters had to trek long distances to get commercial buses.
Many sympathisers besieged the church premises but were denied entry as only a few were allowed entry, in compliance with the COVID-19 protocol.