Femi Fani-Kayode, a former aviation minister, is one of the prominent voices to weigh into the attack on Prophet TB Joshua by another cleric, Chris Okotie over the proposed relocation of Joshua to Israel.
Pastor Chris Okotie, the founder of the Ikeja-based Household of Love Church, had waded into the controversy surrounding Joshua’s relocation announcement.
Okotie, who has long been an outspoken critic of Joshua, took to Facebook to described the cleric as an attention-seeking “impostor”.
“He is controlled by a malevolent misanthropic spirit,” the pastor on his official Facebook Profile under a news article he reposted detailing Joshua’s alleged relocation.
“His hypocritical jeremiad should be ignored. He is just another frustrated shaman seeking public sympathy,” Okotie concluded.
Chief Fani-Kayode, a vocal politician and a prominent thought leader in Nigeria, has called on Okotie to stop attacking TB Joshua saying that the body of Christ needs to unite.
In a Twitter post on Friday, May 5, 2017, Fani-Kayode said, “Someone please tell Kris Okotie to stop attacking TB Joshua? We need unity in the Church and not division. Our clerics MUST come together as one.”
Someone pl tell Kris Okotie to stop attacking TB Joshua?We need unity in the Church and not division.Our clerics MUST come together as one.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) May 5, 2017
On Okotie’s resentful Facebook post, surprisingly, followers of the flamboyant cleric were quick to rise to Joshua’s defence, commenting that the cleric had not been positioned to judge on such matters.
“Honestly, I do not think a brilliant man like Chris Okotie will castigate another who propagates God’s throne,” queried Tamaraudoubra Sultan Zimughan.
“On whose mandate is Okotie labelling T.B. Joshua a shaman? Go to both Churches and see whose is more of God? Look at T.B. Joshua’s life and that of Chris Okotie and see who is more fruitful”.
APC chieftain Timi Frank and Fani-Kayode are among those who have joined the growing call for Joshua to remain in Nigeria, citing the spiritual, economic and social impact of his church.
Meanwhile, in a post on Joshua’s official Facebook page, the controversial cleric revealed the secret behind his ‘money’. According to him, the reward accrued from ministry cannot be quantified in material terms.
Speaking specifically about his foreign crusades, Joshua disclosed that he pays for the large majority of arrangements and does not touch the offerings collected during such events.
“My joy is to see people healed, delivered and blessed. That is my money. Each person that is delivered is more than $20,000 to me! That is the money God gives me – the joy to sleep in peace,” Joshua stated.
“You need to know what it means if God uses you to heal and deliver people,” the cleric continued. “If you know what it means – the joy in God using you to deliver people – you will never ask the people you deliver to bring money… If God uses you to remove the pain of one, you are more than a millionaire.”
According to the prophet cum philanthropist, “If money is your gain, you are robbing yourself. That money is insufficient – it cannot give you peace.”