The Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has described the death of Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua as a “rude shock.”
Akeredolu, who said he received the death of the prominent man of God with a heavy heart, described the renowned cleric as a “blessing to humanity and a great Ambassador of the Sunshine State whose Ministry was noted for charity.”
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, on Sunday, said “the pains are not mere emotional flashes; they are indeed piercing. The Ondo-born Pastor and Televangelist was a philanthropist whose exit will be sorely missed by many.
“Pastor Joshua was committed to giving and was more often, inexorably imbued with calmness while lifting the downtrodden. As a televangelist, he did not just win souls for Christ, he was passionate about changing lives.
“He demonstrated timelessly, an alluring service to humanity and compassion by assisting not only his home local government, Akoko North West. Other adjoining local governments in Akoko land benefitted from his large heart of benevolence.
“Of significant note too, Pastor Joshua never hesitated to assist in whatever manner the Ondo State Government desired such.To us in Ondo State, we consider this a personal loss. He was a pride to the Sunshine State
“Not only Africa is hit hard; this is a great global knock as his Pastor TB Joshua’s ministry attracted an immeasurable foreign followership. Christendom has lost a giant.
“The reality of the finality of death, truly hurts the heart. But for TB Joshua, he had played his own part of the endless life orchestra; he has departed. We must take solace in his good deeds he while here. He is now a Heaven’s gain. The people have lost a committed giver. We shall continue to remember his contributions to the development of our State.”
While commiserating with his immediate family, the entire membership of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Governor Akeredolu expressed his heart-felt condolences to the Zaki of Arigidi Akoko in Ondo State, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, and the entire community over the loss of a great son of the soil.
He prayed God to grant the late TB Joshua an eternal rest in His bosom and comfort his grieving family members, friends and associates.