A group has expressed its rejection of Evelyn Joshua, widow of the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet TB Joshua, as the church’s new leader.
Identified as the Global Congress of SCOAN Members (GCSM), the group in a statement described Mrs Joshua’s emergence as fraudulent.
The statement released in Akure was signed by Adedeji Opeyemi as president of GCSM and Brown Chimieze as secretary.
“We are worried about the emergence of Mrs Evelyn Joshua, the wife of the late founder who made unilateral declaration of herself as the new leader of the Church,” the statement read.
“She claimed a congregation of 2000 Church members appointed her. This is ridiculous: Where did the meeting hold? Was it through a Yes vote? Was it through election? Was it through ‘anointing’ by the 2000 members?
“Where is the resolution of the 2000 members? Can 2000 members pick a successor in a Church with millions of members all over the world in five continents? What is the constitution of the Church? Was it followed?
“Pastor TB Joshua never ran the Church on the basis of profit. Today, there is a design by the newly self-imposed leader, Mrs Evelyn Joshua to commercialise every activity in the Church for money.
“Mrs. Evelyn Joshua is not a Pastor. She was never anointed by Pastor Joshua. She was not part of the founding members of the Church. What is the basis of her emergence as the person now parading herself as the new leader?
“Under the aegis of SCOAN Congress, made up of members from 188 countries, we shall continue to inform and educate the public, peoples all over the world on every development at SCOAN until wisdom, the ways of God and common sense prevail.”
Joshua’s widow was last week named leader of the church after a court in Lagos appointed her chairperson of the church’s board of trustees.
Joshua had sometime ago said his wife was not in the spotlight because it was not in his place to anoint her for pastoral work, but God’s.