The monarch of Arigidi Akoko, in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Yisa Olanipekun, has appealed to members of the Synagogue Church of All Nations to allow Pastor Temitope Joshua to be buried in Arigidi, his hometown.
Joshua, who died in Lagos at the age of 57, was mourned in Arigidi Akoko, where his death was announced.
Oba Olanipekun said the traditional rulers of the four local governments in Akoko had resolved to give the late pastor a dignified burial and that he should be buried in the town, against the position of church members.
He said, ” We can all make arrangements for his burial, not only in Arigidi but in all the Akokos comprising four local governments. We are not joking with him, we know what he did for us.
” The prophet had in mind to go back home, so why would they bury his remains in Lagos? He is from here. late pastor Moses Orimolade was taken to Ikare, Ayo Babalola was taken to Ikeji- Arakeji, Pastor Timothy Obadare was taken to Ilesa in Osun State, among others, so why will ours be different?
” Is he from Lagos? So you should not turn the whole of Akoko against you because all the Obas in Akoko have called me for it.
” Some places in Ondo State had no light for six years, but he solved our problems, he bought transformers, fixed everything and paid, so it is not just my struggle, it is the struggle of the whole of Akoko.
” As you can see, I was not myself because this is a big loss to me, my family and the whole of Akoko and even the world at large.
” The day he died, he visited me at night. I sat here in this palace and asked one of the security guards if I could hear the noise of the crusaders. But when I moved a few steps, all the noise stopped. I could not believe his death until a reliable source told me that his remains had been deposited in the mortuary.
” His visit to me the night he died means he wants to be buried where he came from. He had many dreams for this town. He acquired land here and was building a church and school before he died.
” What he told me was that he wanted to come home after 50 years. His intention was to finish this project as soon as possible, which meant moving his church to Arigidi Akoko. “