Professor Wole Soyinka who is one of most respected professor both locally and internationally has said that Prophet TB Joshua should have been prosecuted by the Lagos State Government over the 2014 hostel collapse that happened in his church.
Statistics made it known that the collapse at the SCOAN’ s premises in Lagos State had killed about 116 people and 84 of them South Africans which the government ignored.
Wole Soyinka who made this known in Abuja on Saturday at the book reading and signing of two new books he titled, ‘ Trumpism in Academe’ and ‘ Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth’ which was organised by Rovenheights Bookstore and the Orisun Gallery.
Wole Soyinka said with utmost courage that the Pastor known as TB Joshua had the audacity to say that the church was attacked by a strange aircraft even though they all knew the truth.
He further added that, Nigeria had become such a deeply religious society to the extent that actions that should be punished are usually regarded as an act of God which is totally wrong.
He also made mention to another one that happened some years ago when an aeroplane conveying pilgrims to Mecca crashed in Nigeria but instead for the governments to take action and look into it, they concluded it was an act of Allah and no one was brought to justice.
In his statement he said:
” There are others for whom the calling is just a cover up because we have an abnormal respect for the priesthood in this country. It doesn’ t matter the religion, be it Muslim, Christian, Orisa worshipper, Buddhists, whatever it is.
” Somehow, religion has almost national character and so it doesn’ t matter who it is or what he does. He can get away with a lot. Look at TB Joshua for instance whose chapel of whatever it is in Lagos, collapsed on the congregation. Not just Nigerians, close to 200 or 300. They came from South Africa and so on and so forth.
” This is somebody who should have been charged for carelessness, for flouting the laws required for setting up public establishments. The next thing he said is that oh it was an air force plane that was hovering around that cracked the walls and buried humanity. Has he been brought to trial till today?