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Sue T.B. Joshua. He is A Fake! - Nigerians

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"I am beginning to suspect the activities of the man who called himself a man of GOD", said Bamidele Jimoh, a UNILAG student. "Just last year, some worshipers in his church in Ghana died at a stampede, a tragedy which led to a ban on his activities in that country".

Prophet T.B. Joshua, the founder and general overseer of the Synagogue Church of All Nations may face a class action suit if a plan by a South African opposition party materializes.

South African minister, Jeff Radebe said yesterday, 22 September that the death toll from the Synagogue building collapse has risen to 115. He said this at an air force base, North of Johannesburg in South Africa where 25 South Africans who were injured in the collapsed building were taken back to their country in a military C-130 aircraft for treatment. Radebe however maintained that 84 South Africans died in the tragedy.

"We understand from our assessment team that the total number of people who have perished is now 115, but those are not all South Africans. South Africans are about 84 that have died", Jeff Radebe told reporters.

The South African minister also said that the number of injured South Africans was meant to be 26, but one of the victims decided to stay back at the Synagogue church. A 19-member medical team including specialist doctors, nurses, medical military paramedics took care of the injured on board the military C-130 aircraft. Among those transported included two orphaned toddlers whose parents died in the tragedy.

The Democratic Alliance party intends to write to the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, urging her to assist South African victims of the SCOAN building collapse and the families to sue T.B. Joshua. The party, according to its parliamentarian, Stevens Mokgalapa, believes the church may be criminally liable.

There seems to be skepticism among Nigerians about the self-described prophet who claims he can heal anything from disabilities to cancer and HIV/AIDS.

"Obviously, with what happened last Friday, Pastor T.B. Joshua has no spiritual powers after all. He is fake. How come he didn't see the disaster coming?", asks Tunde Dada, a civil servant.

High School teacher, Ganiyu Hamza was less skeptical though because he says the prophet gives to the poor and needy. 

"He should however accept blame for this disaster and not push everything to God who is innocent in all this. Raising a 2-storey building to 6 without firm support and approval from government to me is not justifiable".

A total of about 349 South Africans were in Lagos on matters connected to the church when the disaster occuured. Of these, about 264 were found alive.

Nkoana-Mashabane was quoted by SABCNews as adding that the party felt that many lives could have been saved if rescue work had begun immediately after the building collapsed on September 12.

The Public Relations Officer, National Emergency Management Agency, South West zone,  Mr. Ibrahim Farinloye, disagreeing with Radebe's report,  said the death toll fron the SCOAN building collapse remains 86.

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