2019 Elections – TB Joshua’s Message to Nigeria

Prophet T.B. Joshua has given both a message of hope and warning to Nigerians regarding the upcoming presidential elections.

“I want to tell you that no matter the situation, be calm; God is in control,” Joshua counselled congregants on Sunday 10th February 2019.

“Those who will cause trouble will see trouble and those who will cause peace will see peace,” he continued, detailing that the aftermath of the election would ‘look very fearful’.

“You will see the clouds so dark as if it’s about to rain – but suddenly the dark cloud disappears,” he figuratively depicted, saying Nigerians would have greater cause to “respect God” after the elections.

“If anything happens to this country called Nigeria, that is the end of Africa,” he asserted, explaining that Africa’s most populous nation “has a very strong bond with God”.

“If the people of Nigeria want to cause trouble, they will cause trouble for themselves but the nation of Nigeria will stand,” the cleric concluded.

The message comes after Joshua called on congregants last year to pray against “the interruption of the democratic practice” in Nigeria.

Earlier in his sermon, Joshua lauded the importance of ‘working hard’ and ‘reporting.’ “Your hard work alone is not enough to help your company grow but also your reporting whatever is happening in the company,” he counselled.

“We manifest what we possess. We cannot possess faithfulness, which is one of the fruit of the Spirit, yet see unfaithfulness and remain silent. This is compromise… When we are silent, we cannot be placed,” he stressed.

After the service, an online news reporter claimed he saw Joshua who additionally warned that the election “may likely be postponed” because of “many challenges,” adding that even in such a scenario, God remained “in control”.

The fiercely contested presidential election scheduled to be held on Saturday 16th February 2019 pits incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari against his main contender, Atiku Abubakar.

SOURCE: Emmanuel TV, YouTube –

Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian journalist


“As a Christian, your situation is only a weapon God is using to preserve you, to prepare you for the challenges ahead, to reform you for a better position in Christ or to keep you for a new level in life. Remember as Christians, whatever level we find ourselves, we believe the best is yet to come.

“Don’t despair! Unfavourable circumstances are the arguments satan uses to make people of God question their sonship. He aims to shake our faith and nothing more. For example, a situation where you begin to lament, murmur, complain, whine and question your faith in the presence of others, instead of honouring God before men as Daniel did.

“Ask Daniel and he would tell you what happened in the lion’s den. Ask Paul and Silas and they would tell you what happened in the prison. Ask Job and he would tell you what happened when sores and boils covered his skin and everything he had was taken away. Even if God allows it as a trial, you must not think it strange and doubt your Guard. Don’t because of your situation cut off your dependence on God, your duty to God, your communion with God.

“Do not say because you are in trouble, poverty, unfavourable situations that you are not a candidate of Heaven. Do not measure your Christian life by your situation!”

– Prophet T.B. Joshua


Prophet T.B. Joshua

In his first sermon of 2019 after a month-long absence from the pulpit, T.B. Joshua speaks starkly about the warning he received from God in a serious revelation…
That revelation – contained at the tail-end of a striking sermon titled, ‘A True Christian Is Tested’ – is filled with practical, poignant lessons of life, especially for those working in the ministry of God. If you’ve ever nursed the notion that ministers of God are only interested in making money, we encourage you to watch on…
“The foundation of the church is the Holy Ghost… It is not the number of people that enter here that matter but the souls that are being saved.” – T.B. Joshua

Russian SCOAN visitors – How we found family in Nigeria

Russians Visitors and their Nigerian “Family”

For Svetlana Fedorova, Nigeria holds an allure. Though fully Russian and a religious tourist to Synagogue Church of All Nations, Lagos, she has literally found family in a Nigerian home, and would love to come back again and again. Svetlana and her friend, Anton Aksenenko, who are currently back in Russia spoke to Gboyega Alaka of the incomparable hospitality of Septuagenarian, Mrs. Grace Adamu, who took them into her home, fed them Nigerian meals and practically adopted them as her own children.

While many Nigerians continue to lampoon their country for everything they consider bad or not going right, and while many are desperately seeking a way out to the so-called developed countries to enjoy better life, it sure would come as a pleasant surprise to see foreigners, especially from those choice destinations, who are loving Nigeria just the way it is, and willing to give up all they’ve got to come live in Nigeria or at least have a taste of “it’s fascinating life.”

Two of such people are Svetlana Fedorova (Lana, for short) and her friend, Anton Aksenenko, from St. Petersburg, Russia, who have found Nigeria so alluring, that one says she has “visited four times in six years,” and the other says, but for his family back in Russia, he is willing to give up his job over there and relocate to Nigeria.

For Lana especially, Nigeria has become like a second home, particularly since she discovered ‘family’ in the very loving Adamu family, who live not too far from the globally renowned Synagogue Church of All Nations. That was on her third visit in 2017.

She had been lodged in a nearby hotel on the same street where Grandma Grace Adamu has her home and drink/provisions shop and gradually an attraction that eventually bonded into something akin to family evolved.

“I always wanted to have a taste of the Nigerian life from the inside; to see the life of the local people (outside the artificiality of the hotel); and I had even prayed about it; so when Mama told me, ‘Next time you come to Nigeria, you don’t need to stay in a hotel,” I felt it was a dream come true, a prayer answered. I thought, ‘This is the Lord speaking’, so even though I was supposed to go back after a month, I extended my stay to two months: so I ended up spending one month at the hotel and one month at her place.

“And it wasn’t a particularly difficult decision for me to make because I’d met her several times at her shop and found her a pleasant old woman. She would always greet me with so much cheer every time I passed by her shop to my hotel from church; I’d also met her daughters, Esther and Ruth; visited her place; and found that they are a really nice family.

“Let me also say that I enjoyed every bit of my stay with the family, which is why, as you can see, I am with them again. Even though we’re lodged in a hotel, I spend a lot of time with mama and the family. Her hospitality, the food and the atmosphere of a home away from home is incomparable,” she said smiling.

This visit in December is Lana’s fourth visit. Even though she had promised Mama in 2017 to come back soon, she on this occasion had to escort a family who needed miracle healing from ‘the man of God’ at the Synagogue.

“My friend here,  Anton Aksenenko, has a younger brother who is disable right now due to an accident. His wife is my friend, she told them about The Synagogue and the healings taking place there, and we believe it is possible for him to rise up and walk again. So as soon as we saw the church programme online, we decided to come over. They requested me to accompany them because they know I am familiar with the place and speak better English.”

Asked if her first visit to The Synagogue was also precipitated by some kind of illness, Lana answered in the negative. ‘I didn’t come because I was ill. Back in Russia, I minister with foreigners at the Christ Embassy Church branch in St Petersburg, Russia, where I serve as an English interpreter. I came specifically to tap into the blessing of the church and receive more anointing.” She had seen so many wonderful activities taking place in the church via satellite television and wanted to experience it live.

She said her first visit was on the invitation of a friend; she lodged one night at a hotel, which she can now neither recall the name nor area; and the following morning, she came to the Synagogue and lodged at the church facility.

Did she have any foreboding on account of the negative stories flying around about Africa and Nigeria in particular?

Not at all, she said. “I was always watching video clips about the prophet (TB Joshua). My very first time, my expectations were positive and high. I didn’t think anything bad, because it was like God was leading me. And everywhere I’ve been, I have met good people.”

What about the stereotype that Africa is a whole wide jungle, where wild animals, kidnapping and Boko haram and killings are the order of the day?

Her answer again was, “No, no, no. I came to Lagos and I knew from my findings that Lagos is a big city and I know that you don’t find wild animals in big cities.”

When told that Russians coming to seek miracles in a Nigerian church negates the stereotype of atheists that most Nigerians have of people from that country, Lana said, “Not really. Russia is mostly orthodox Christians. The atheist impression was before; now we’re Catholic. It’s just that most people there call themselves Christians but they’ve never really met Christ. We have churches, but not so much like here in Nigeria.

Great meals

Aside the good people, another major thing that has continued to fascinate Lana is Nigerian food, especially as prepared by Mama. Because she had once sojourned in India, she has been used to spicy foods, hence had no difficult adapting to Nigerian foods.

“Here in Nigeria, you have your own spicy foods and special dishes, which I have found to be very nice. I like egusi, soup, Mama’s egusi is fantastic; I like vegetable soup, plantain, yam, white rice and stew, jollof rice, fried rice… I enjoy eating egusi soup with semo.”

At this point, Esther, who had been quietly observing chipped in: “She also drank garri, ate coconut and bread,” while Lana in turn nodded in agreement, muttering, “Very nice.”

But she does not eat eba. She couldn’t quite get round to that, she admitted.

Asked to appraise Nigeria, having seen her from the outside and inside, Lana said, “I love the weather, although it can be really hot, I love the food, and above all, I love the people. Everywhere I’ve been, the people have been nice. And mama here, and her daughters, have been fantastic and good ambassadors of their country.”

Of Anton however, Lana said, “My friend thought coming to Nigeria was a dangerous adventure. He expressed fears about terrorists, Boko Haram, poisoned water and stuff. He practically knew all the negative things there are to know, but I allayed his fears.”

Of the perceived inadequacies, Lana says, “The world is not perfect. Nigerians should just take it easy on themselves.”

One more thing, Lana’s boyfriend is a Nigerian. “His name is Gideon Ayowa from Benin City. We’ve been together half a year. We met at the Champions’ Camp during the Word Cup in Russia. Because of my competence in English, I was assigned to the group as an interpreter and there and then, we became friends.”

But for family, I could come live in Nigeria – Anton Aksenenko

ALTHOUGH Anton’s sick brother and mom were not available on the occasion of this interview, he volunteered that they had been in Nigeria for two weeks and had as a matter of fact been enjoying their stay.

Speaking in his smattering English and interpreted by Lana, Anton said he hadn’t seen anything unpleasant to him thus far.

“I think it’s nothing really. I’m yet to see or experience anything that’ll stop me from coming back. Everything I’ve seen, I’ve found fascinating. I particularly like the communal life; I like the mentality. Everything is very simple, and the people are friendly and open.”

Asked if he didn’t think the poor state of the roads offensive, Anton said, “Nothing much. In Russia, we have bad roads as well, especially deep in the country. So it’s nothing like we have not seen or experienced it before.”

When informed that Nigerians always thought developed countries like the UK, USA and Russia are perfect places, with everything in place, he shook his head and said, “Not really. The life in Russia is pretty much like life in Nigeria. We have few megalopolises like Lagos and they are very developed, with lots of jobs, big money etc, but if you go deep into the countryside and villages, there is poverty also.

“Actually, I am surprised at what I’ve seen so far. Before coming, I had a different opinion. I was full of fear. My friends were worried and were afraid for me. But I’m fine, and I’ve seen that there is nothing to worry about.”

In the two weeks that he had been around, Anton had also tasted Mrs. Adamu’s cooking and has great words for Nigerian food. “I like egusi. It’s my favourite.”

Anton made some friends. He was spotted returning from Ikotun market with mama’s daughter Esther and another. But for the language handicap, he said he could have made more friends. He noted however that the markets in Russia are cleaner, more spacious and the items have price tags, unlike in Nigeria, where you have to haggle.

He announced with a note of sadness that he would be traveling back to Russia that evening. And then he said, “To be honest, I don’t want to leave. If not for my family, I could leave Russia and come and live here. Serious.”

Eventually, Anton’s mom and his brother had to go back to Russia as officials at the church told them they were not in line and needed to go and re-apply from their home country before coming.

‘All I do is make them feel at home’

MRS. Grace Adamu speaks on her hospitality to Synagogue Church visitors and how several of them, including Lana and Anton have come to adopt her as their Nigerian mom.

Mrs. Grace Adamu is in her early seventies. A mother of seven and a widow, greatest asset is her cheerfulness, generosity and openness. She lives in a modest three-bedroom flat on Olusesi Street not too far from the big church but could be found mostly by her little shop, where she sells soft drinks, snacks and provisions. From that spot, she would regularly exchange greetings with passers-by, old and young, Nigerians and non-Nigerians, a good number of whom are religious tourists to the big church. Little wonder, most of them end up warming up to her and adopting her as their Nigerian mother.

Asked why she takes total strangers into her home, Mrs. Adamu says, “Why not? God says all human beings are the same, whether black or white. I have many of them who have taken me as their mom. And it’s not limited to white people. I have them from South Africa, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mali, France, even Nigerians who come from outside Lagos. I have Malian children, who are based in France.

“As I speak with you, I have a young man from South Africa, who has lived with me for about five years. Now he is my son and we have lived well together with my other children. When he first came, he couldn’t eat Nigerian food, let alone prepare them. He hadn’t even seen yam, since he said it does not exist in South Africa. But now, he cooks virtually all Nigerian meals, including egusi soup, vegetable soup and prepares semo to go with it. Many of them have also invited me to come and spend time with them at their different bases in Europe. In fact, the Malian recently sent me money to process my passport and visa to come and visit her in France.”

What does she do that endears her to these strangers, Mrs. Adamu says, “Nothing. I just welcome them and show them love. I make them feel welcome and at home. That’s all. When they’re passing by, I greet them and they greet me back. I also pray for them that God will grant them whatever it is that brought them to Nigeria. Sometimes I invite them to my house and naturally, I offer them food. Often they express delight at the meal and sometimes, they even specially request that I prepare it for them. And when they go back, they are always calling to ask after my health and welfare.”

Does she charge them to stay with her, like many in the neighbourhood who have converted their private homes to lodging facility?

To this she screamed “Noooo! Why should I? That’s Lana sitting there; you can ask her if I’ve ever asked her for a kobo for staying with me. It is something I am happy to do and I’m happy God is using me to make them feel at home.”

Mrs. Adamu hails from Kwale in Delta State, while her late husband was of the Igala tribe in Kogi State.

Sources: thenationonlineng.net


Building Collapse: Aircraft flew below recommended height, witness tells court

Military air craft captured went round the SCOAN building before it collapsed

An aviation expert, Dr. Yakubu Dazhia, has told a Lagos High Court, Igbosere that aircrafts are not supposed to fly over a congested area at a minimum of 1,000 feet.

The witness, who narrated this before Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo during the ongoing trial of the Registered Trustees of the Synagogue Church of All Nation (SCOAN) and others involved in the collapse of SCOAN building in 2014, said further that no aircraft should fly 300 metres between the aircraft and the highest obstacle in a congested area.

Led by counsel for the Registered Trustees of SCOAN, Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN), the witness said that an aircraft flew “very close” to SCOAN building before it collapsed on September 12, 2014, killing 116 people.

He said the distance between the aircraft and the tallest building in that area should not be less than 1,000ft.

Dazhia told court that he is an aircraft engineer, aviation consultant and airline operator. He noted that the plane had been identified as a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Hercules C130 training aircraft.

His evidence was that, the plane was captured on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) flying well below the 1000 feet flight altitude recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The witness told the court that the ICAO recommended safe altitude for flight in a congested area such as Ikotun Egbe, where the collapsed SCOAN building was located, is 1,000ft.

Under cross-examination by Deputy Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Dr. Babajide Martins, who questioned Dazhia’s competence and the genuineness of his doctorate degree, Dazhia agreed that although he had an engineering degree, his Ph.D “has nothing to do with aircraft engineering.”

The witness said that he was not an aircraft traffic controller, a bomb expert or accident investigator. Neither did he lodge any complaint about the incident to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Organisation (NCAO).

He was asked: “You didn’t inform the Air Force about your concern?”

Dazhia said: “You wanted them to gun me down, to kill me?”

The witness also agreed that measuring a plane’s altitude required special equipment. “An individual can’t do that with the naked eyes. Ikotun is a flight path,” he said.

Justice Lawal-Akapo adjourned further proceedings till March 14.

The Guardian

Opinion: Let there be peace in Venezuela

My intention for this article is not to take side with either party in this conflict nor to condemn anyone, but out of love and a sense of concern for a peaceful Venezuela I wrote this.

We all know that even Prophet T.B. Joshua has exempted himself from the public eyes due to his deep concern for a peaceful world. The Prophet, whom by the nature of his love and compassion for humanity, is presently fasting and Praying for all of us, including the nation and citizens of Venezuela. The Prophet is hopeful for a crisis-free world, where everyone will leave in peace and harmony together with their neighbours.

To the leadership in Venezuela, shave your ego and give yourself to the spirit of good counsel!

The devil, whom in his deceptive ways, is out there massaging your ego and encouraging violence in your nation. Remember that you are there to serve the people and not yourself. Don’t allow the devil to use you to cause killing, stealing and destruction in your country.

Don’t be used to destroy your nation’s democracy. No nation or leadership is perfect. Even the so-called advanced democracies out there, are still struggling amongst themselves.

Satan is after the destiny of your nation. Why not ask yourself, why the so much interest in Venezuela.

Beware of those that seem to have taken a side. Any person that claims to love you will be calling for peace and understanding and not encouraging division amongst you people.

We should not allow outsiders to use our sense of greed and desperation for power to cause us to destroy our country. Because in all of this, it is the Venezuela people who will suffer and not those people outside there that seems to be instigating division amongst you.

Be wise and learn from history!

Why not learn from the Libya crisis? Once a nation but now in a state of anarchy. Those who took a side then, are they there in Libya now to feel the pain and disorderliness in that country. No!

Learn to put the safety of your people first before yourself ambition. No matter how good your intentions may be, no single blood of a Venezuelan should drop due to your role in this issue. Because one day we all will leave to face the creator of the universe to give an account on the role we played in this present crisis in Venezuela.

There is nothing wrong to be ambitious, but it will be more rewarding if we can accept to sacrifice our ambition on the altar of peace.

As for you, that seems to have taken a side. Remember that there is no nation and leadership on earth that is perfect. As the wise Prophet will rightly say, we all are fighting one battle but camouflage differently. I don’t doubt our good intentions for the nation and citizens of Venezuela, but we should also note that anything that is not done right is not done at all. We should be encouraging peace and harmony and not be seen as one that has taken a side. As T.B. Joshua will say, our response to a person who makes a mistake can also be a mistake if we are not careful.

The truth of the matter is that all this unrest in Venezuela and the world today is the handiwork of the devil. That’s why we should not allow those unpleasant words and actions from our fellow humans to cause us offence. Because they may be a victim of the devil’s trap and might not even know what they are doing. Instead of being offended and judgemental, always learn to commit them into prayers because it can be you tomorrow. Remember that no one is perfect. Instead of taken aside, while not commit the leadership of Venezuela to God in prayers.

If we can learn to pray for our neighbours including our enemies, the world will be at peace.

I pray a day will come when an American will say, I am not eating today because my Brother and Sister in Russian are facing unrest. When the Chines man will say, the pain of an American is our pain. And when the British people will say the people of North Korea are not being treated well, therefore we all are not going to work, until something is done about it. A world where the human race will come to the realization that all of us came from the same womb of one God. I pray for that world, in Jesus’ name… Amen!

Video: How TB Joshua Prophesied About Venezuela Coup In 2016

International media has been agog with the news of the ‘coup attempt’ and intense political volatility that has engulfed the South American nation of Venezuela in recent days.

On Wednesday 23rdJanuary 2019, Venezuela’s National Assembly leader, Juan Guaidó, declared himself as the country’s interim leader, a move which current leader Nicolás Maduro angrily declared “a coup”.

International battle lines were quickly drawn as US President Donald Trump quickly recognised Mr Guaidó as the country’s authentic head of state alongside several other South American nations, as well as Canada and the UK.

In response, Mr Maduro immediately cut diplomatic ties with America for aiding the ‘coup’. He still maintains military support, as well as enjoying the backing of nations such as Russia, China and Mexico.

However, in faraway Nigeria, Prophet T.B. Joshua had forewarned of the impending coup attempt and its attendant democratic ramifications as far back as May 2016.

In a video released to Emmanuel TV’s YouTube Channel, the Nigerian cleric is heard urging his congregants to pray for Venezuela as he is seeing a “coup” which would affect the “democratic system of government”.

“Venezuela… I’m seeing a coup that will throw away the democratic system of government,” Joshua is heard prophesying in the video dated Sunday May 15th 2016, adding that he was “praying that God should avert it”.

The clip ended with Joshua imploring congregants to remember the nation of Venezuela in their prayers due to the looming timing of the events he prophesied.

Prophet T.B. Joshua is very well known in Latin America, famed for his ‘miracle crusades’ in Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and Dominican Republic which attracted hundreds of thousands attendees.

By Ihechukwu Njoku