Primate Babatunde Ayodele is seeking reprieve for Synagogue Church of All Nations’ Pastor TB Joshua and General Overseer of the Christian Praying Assembly, Rev. Chukwuemeka Ezeugo, a.k.a Reverend King. In a message sent to Sunday Vanguard, yesterday, the Founder and Head of Inri Evangelical and Spiritual Church pleaded that government should temper justice with mercy on the embattled Synagogue Church pastor.
TB Joshua’s Synagogue is standing trial alongside its contractors before a Lagos State High Court in respect of the Friday 12 September, 2014 collapse of a guest house located within the church premises around Ikotun-Egbe area of Lagos State, which was said to have killed about 116 people. Joshua’s case is however different from that of Ezeugo, who is currently challenging, at Supreme Court, his sentence to death by hanging by a Lagos State High Court since 2006 on a six-count charge of attempted murder and murder.
Ayodele lamented that other churches had continued to be silent over Joshua plights linking it to reason that the embattled SCOAN pastor was not member of Christian Association of Nigeria and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria. He described TB Joshua as a lonely voice in the wilderness.
“I am appealing to the government of Lagos State to temper justice with mercy over Pastor TB Joshua considering the fact that he has helped quite a great number of people spiritually and has empowered them largely. They should please forgive him and leave the rest to God if they think he was really guilty as charged,” Ayodele said.