Fresh crisis has rocked the Synagogue Church of All Nations as late TB Joshua’s family and disciples take their battle to another level, with reports of an alleged threat to the life of a trustee.
The rift between the family of the late founder of the church, Prophet Temitope Joshua, and a disciple of the late prophet has been ongoing over the running of the church.
The leadership and succession crisis at the Synagogue may not be over as a member of the Board of Trustees, Joseph David, has raised the alarm over alleged threats to his life and those of other leaders of the ministry.
David claimed that the family of the founder was using law enforcement agents to hunt them.
According to him, this was because of their perceived closeness to the late cleric and supposed knowledge of important details of the church, which were not known to the family.
David alleged that the wife of the founder, Evelyn Joshua, was making spirited attempts to consolidate power around her, adding that influential followers of TB Joshua had been chased away, including foreigners.
The ministry had disciples, who handled the operation, administration and spiritual affairs of the church. Among them were five prophets, who were always with Prophet TB Joshua.
The prophet’s wife was never active in the administration of the church. She only functioned ceremoniously, maybe to receive awards for him.
Before the prophet passed on, he was interviewed by a newspaper, where he answered the question of succession. He said the church is not a family thing, and that was why his wife was not always seen with him.
Around the period he granted the interview, he had removed her from being a trustee of the church. But she did not know she had been removed until he died.
David said after TB Joshua’s death, the church had two trustees left – the cleric’s daughter, Promise Joshua, and himself.
He noted that trouble started during a meeting to fill the space left by the late cleric, who was the third trustee of the church.
Two family members – the prophet’s first daughter and his wife – were suggested by a group, adding that he kicked against it to avoid being easily overrun and removed by the family members, David explained.
He continued, saying that he suggested that if the duo would join, then more non-family members should be added to make for balance of power, an idea that was rejected by the family, as the meeting ended without a resolution.
The evangelist said from that point, there was mutual suspicion between the family and the group of disciples led by him.
He said the suspicion was fuelled by the fear of the family that they were in possession of things that the family did not know about.
Actually, immediately the man of God passed on, the wife started investigating us and our accounts. We don’t take salaries, and we are not exposed to any issue of money.