Thirty-eight-year-old graduate of business administration identified only as Chris woke up from his bed with a renewed vigour at 5:30am on October 17. He didn’t have enough sleep the previous day, having returned late from a social function he coordinated as an event planner. But he did not worry. Though a resident of Akure in Ondo State, he had always wanted to attend the mega Sunday service of the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Lagos. The 57-year-old church’s founder, T. B. Joshua, died on June 5, 2021 and his remains were interred on the church premises on July 9, 2021.
Constrained by distance and time, he only managed to watch clips of the church’s activities via the Internet. But a recent contract to organise a wedding reception in the nation’s commercial capital gave Chris an opportunity to visit and worship at the church on that day.
“I enjoy his (T. B. Joshua’s) sermons and watch his videos on YouTube in my free time. When he died, I really felt bad because I admired him a lot and hoped to meet him physically one day. Sadly, he passed on before I could get the opportunity. But I was surprised when someone (a church member) told me there was no service on the day I visited the church (Sunday, October 17),” Chris told our correspondent who met him at one of the church gates in the Ikotun area of Lagos State.
Findings showed that a typical Sunday service at the church auditorium was usually packed full of worshippers and visitors from several countries across the globe. There was also usually an influx of miracle seekers to the church.