Okotie displayed cowardice in vilifying TB Joshua in death – Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode

Former aviation minister Femi Fani-Kayode has rebuked the founder of the Household of God Church Rev. Chris Okotie for attacking the late Prophet T.B. Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in a veiled message.

Okotie had described Joshua in a message posted on social media on Tuesday, June 8 as the “wizard at Endor who assumed the title Emmanuel” and “has been consumed by divine indignation.”

His criticism followed years which the Christian body in Nigeria have kept Joshua at arm’s length over what they believed was his unorthodox practices.

However, reacting to Okotie’s public attack on the deceased, Fani-Kayode said in a post to social media on Friday, June 11, that he had “much respect and affection” for Okotie from their days at the Nigerian Law School in 1985 and was inspired by his songs, but all that have now “gone with the wind”.

“To borrow our President’s words, I will now talk to you in the language that you can understand,” he wrote.

“You mock my brother in death yet you appear to have forgotten that death comes to us all. It is only a matter of time. Evidently you have no respect for yourself and no fear of the Living God whom you claim to serve.

“I have no doubt that the Lord would have thanked him for the millions of souls that he brought into the Kingdom and led to Christ in his 40 years of ministry.”

Fani-Kayode, who had repeatedly called on Christian leaders in Nigeria to stop attacking Joshua, added, “Even if you never liked TB Joshua or you had reason to suspect that his source of power was questionable, couldn’t you have just keep your mouth shut and let those of us that believed in him, loved him and respected him mourn him in peace?

“…Worse of all is the fact that 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.”