30th September, 2010
The Cameroonian government has blacklisted Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua of theÂ Synagogue Church of All Nations, saying that he is an agent of Satan hoodwinkingÂ unsuspecting members of the public with â€œdiabolical miraclesâ€.
Cameroon Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Henri Eyebe Ayissi, in an official communiquÃ© heÂ issued this week titled â€œThe Devil Is In the Houseâ€, described T.B. Joshua as a â€œson ofÂ the devilâ€ pretending to be â€œa man of Godâ€.
The Minister warned hundreds of Cameroonians trooping to Lagos, South West Nigeria, forÂ miracles in Joshuaâ€™s church, to desist from taking the trip or face the consequences asÂ the country will not stand by them.
The communiquÃ© written in French reads in part â€œThe Ministry of Foreign Affairs warnsÂ those who by naivety or deception of Emmanuel TVâ€™s captivating images, or even those whoÂ by hopelessness, envisage taking the pilgrimage to Pastor T.B. Joshuaâ€™s Synagogue ChurchÂ Of All Nations in Lagos, that they will do so at their own risk.
â€œThe Cameroonian Government warns these pilgrims that they will face the consequencesÂ alone. This is motivated by the painful and shameful fact that Cameroonian men and women,Â in search of deliverance and blessings, once in that church, find themselves in bestialÂ and pitiable conditions.
â€œWomen are raped; pilgrims dispossessed of their belongings by armed robbers and left toÂ sleep in the streets at the mercy of gangs. Many cases of assassinations have even beenÂ recorded. And this is without other cases that are not recorded at the CameroonianÂ Embassy in Lagos with the victims too ashamed to narrate their infernal odysseys onceÂ they are out of Hell,â€ the Minister said.
The Minister said that while the bible asks us to be discreet with gifts and donations toÂ the poor, T.B. Joshua is seen daily dolling out bags of rice to indigent people.
Cameroonian newspapers which published the communiquÃ© this week tell tales of hundreds ofÂ Cameroonians who sold their properties or borrowed money in the hope of getting miraclesÂ in T.B. Joshuaâ€™s Church, only to be disappointed in Lagos.
The newspapers report that Joshuaâ€™s TV station has gained popularity in Cameroon and manyÂ people are tempted to take the trip and receive healings and sudden blessings.
It says that Joshua is now in many households in Cameroon and many people believe theÂ flashy images they watch on television.
One newspaper writes in French â€œwitnesses who come back from that pandemonium reveal thatÂ to secure an appointment with this Jesus-Christ-reincarnate, they had to spend 150, 000Â FCFA (about N50, 000) and the amount keeps going up, depending on the treatment and theÂ case.
â€œThis has led to confusion and disillusionment from Cameroonians, who on their way toÂ Damascus, now find themselves refugees at the Cameroonian Embassy in Lagos.â€
The newspaper report says further: â€œThere are many here in Cameroon, convinced of theÂ power and the blessings of this â€œman of Godâ€. However, they forget that Jesus Christ isÂ in our hearts through faith and with our practice of the Ten Commandments and ourÂ relationship with one another. Before the publication of the communiquÃ© by the MinistryÂ of Foreign Affairs, the bible said over 2000 years ago, â€˜And Jesus answered and said untoÂ them, Take heed that no man deceives you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I amÂ Christ; and shall deceive manyâ€™.â€
When contacted this morning, T.B. Joshua denied that he has been blacklisted in Cameroon.
He said that Cameroonians who come to his church only heard about him in Cameroon andÂ started trooping to the church in Ikotun, with most of them without accommodation.
He said that had he been aware of their presence around his church, he would haveÂ provided accommodation for them. He invited P.M.NEWS to visit his church for detailedÂ information over the matter.