Nigeria’s former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode on Saturday celebrated founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations Prophet TB Joshua on the latter’s 58th posthumous birthday.
Mr Fani-Kayode shared his birthday message on social media.
“Happy posthumous birthday to my friend & brother Prophet T.B. Joshua. Had you not gone to the Lord a few days ago I would have called you early this morning to wish you a happy 58th birthday.
“Alas this was not to be because you left us. You were by far the wisest, kindest, gentlest and most profound man I ever knew. We miss you already. May your soul rest in peace,” the former minister wrote.
Joshua died on Saturday, June 5, exactly a week to his birthday.
The cleric shared a video two days before his death, saying it will not be easy to celebrate his birthday under the present global condition.
“Viewers all over the world, June 12th is around the corner. As you know, I am a man of the people. So, the wound of one is the wound of all.
“As things stand, you may have realised it will not be easy for me to celebrate my birthday under the present circumstances. Some of the people who want to come are troubled by the situation all over the world. We see their fear and their worry. I feel their pain; I feel their worry.
“Therefore, let us dedicate this day to prayer and fasting. Don’t forget the needy. By the grace of God, more birthdays are ahead. God bless you! Emmanuel. Jesus is Lord! Happy Birthday!” TB Joshua said in the video caption.
Fani-Kayode has been tackling some Nigerian pastors for their hostile attitude towards TB Joshua.
The controversial politician labelled founder of Household of God Church Chris Okotie a coward over a cryptic message the clergyman released days after Joshua’s death in which he said the “wizard at Endor who assumed the title Emmanuel has been consumed by divine indignation.”
Emmanuel is a name generally associated with Joshua.
“You are a coward who, as is characteristic of all cowards, waited until he died and was no longer around to defend himself before you opened your dirty little mouth to insult him,” Fani-Kayode said in response to Okotie’s message.
In an interview with Premium Times, Fani-Kayode said many pastors do not like Joshua because he reminded them of what they ought to be doing but are not doing.”