Wife of popular pastor and teleevangelist, Pastor T. B. Joshua, Evelyn, has taken to Twitter 24 hours after her husband’s death to speak. Her words on the microblogging site, which is embroiled in a face-off with Federal Government: “Losing a loved one is never easy; whether sudden or foreseen. It is always heart-breaking. Grief can wreak havoc on our overall well-being. That’s why it’s important to stay rooted to the Almighty. Only He can lessen our heartache and comfort us in these times. Seek refuge in him.”
She spoke shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with the family and members of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN) on the passing of their father and founder, Pastor Temitope Balogun, popularly known as TB Joshua.
A statement by his spokesman, Mr. Femi Adesina, says the President notes that the renowned televangelist will be missed by his followers all over the world not only for his spiritual contributions, but for touching many lives through philanthropic gestures.
President Buhari urges Pastor Joshua’s followers to take solace in the knowledge that life is not measured and defined by chronological longevity but by enduring legacies and lives touched positively.
He also condoles with the government and people of Ondo State and prays that God Almighty will accept the soul of the departed pastor.
Recall that the internationally renowned pastir died Saturday after what some sources believe was cardiac arrest.
Media reports quote Lagos Police Commissioner (CP) Hakeem Odumosu offering insights into how the Pastor died Saturday night.
Joshua, he said, was officially pronounced dead by a hospital around 3 a.m.
“It is true he is dead. I do not know the cause of his death yet. But the information we have is that he was conducting service. Along the line, he felt uncomfortable, walked to his apartment himself and never came back.
“His people thought he probably wanted to rest or refresh but when they didn’t see him after a long while, they went in search of him and found him in an unusual position.
“The service started in the evening. But it was around 3am that he was pronounced dead by a hospital.”
The church said Joshua’s last words to his members were “watch and pray.”
He was said to have also reminded them there was time for everything before he left the church hall.