The BBC reports:
Nigerian preacher TB Joshua, one of Africa’s most influential evangelists, has died at the age of 57. A post on his Facebook page, which has more than five million followers, said: “God has taken His servant”.
He was said to have died on Saturday shortly after conducting a live broadcast, but the cause of his death has not been made public. Tens of thousands would attend his services, with top politicians from across Africa among his followers.
In April, YouTube suspended his account due to allegations of hate speech after a rights body filed a complaint over videos showing the preacher conducting prayers to “cure” gay people. Facebook also removed at least one post showing a woman being slapped while TB Joshua said he was casting out a “demonic spirit”.
From my 2014 post on Joshua:
TB Joshua claims to be able to faith-heal the AIDS right out people. Last year four people were killed in Ghana during a stampede to get “holy water” from him. Joshua encourages HIV+ people to stop taking their medications.
Joshua also claims to have prophesied the Boston bombings and the outcomes of high-profile soccer matches.
Last year thousands of his followers abandoned Facebook because of a rumor that he had prophesied that those with accounts would become “infested by demons.” Joshua then issued a statement blaming the rumor on Satan.
Controversial African televangelist, TB Joshua, saw his YouTube channel of 1.8 million subscribers closed, for broadcasting violent ‘conversion therapy’ https://t.co/ZKjJcfNRTA
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