20 May 2013

Ghana: Four Die for Joshua Water

A mad rush for Temitope Balogun Joshua's anointing water at the Ghana branch of the Synagogue Church of All Nations on the Spintex Road in Accra, on Sunday morning left four people dead, and many more injured in a stampede at the church premises, leading to the cancelation of the church service.

"We had to cancel the service and invite the National Ambulance over to help the people. We also had the police beef up their security. We also cancelled it, because we did not want to aggravate the situation," an official of the church, Rev Sam Mc-Caanan, told Citi FM, a local radio station, after the incident.

Thousands of worshippers had thronged the church in hope of laying hands on newly-packaged anointing water by the leader of the church, TB Joshua, which is said to possess the spiritual ability for financial and other breakthroughs.

The church officials say although they had made adequate security preparations for the service, the numbers were just overwhelming.

"We are used to numbers, but we have not had an occasion like this. We are very devastated. It's very unfortunate, and we are very sorry. We have to do a thorough work around this to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Back in Nigeria, the Synagogue was filled to capacity with thousands on the streets and under tents waiting to grab a bottle of the anointing water.

Emmanuel TV, a television channel owned by the Prophet TB Joshua, in the early hours of yesterday, telecasted pictures of thousands of worshippers of different nationalities who had thronged the church seeking deliverance, with many hoping to grab a bottle of anointing water.

The anointing water solution for all problems, which has become the hottest commodity among many Christians on the continent and beyond, was well advertised by TB Joshua himself a couple of weeks ago, during a church service.

TB Joshua told the congregation of a vision he had about the new anointing water and sticker, assuring them that anyone who administered the water would receive a tremendous breakthrough in all aspects of life.

It was however, not a surprise that thousands thronged the church when the neatly-packaged mini-bottles of the anointing water were finally ready for distribution.

Overwhelmed by the demand for the anointing water, TB Joshua made an open declaration that he would be ready to make consignments available to governments and churches which were ready to have them for their people.

He also announced a stop to the distribution of the water at the last church service yesterday, emphasising that not even a million cartons would be enough to meet demand.

TB Joshua's popularity had a major boast in Ghana when it came to light that he was the spiritual mentor of the late President John Evans Atta Mills, as the man who had prophesised the victory of the then candidate Mills, when no one gave him a dog's chance in the 2008 general elections.

President Mills won the elections in a runoff, beating his contender, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to become president after three attempts.

A couple of weeks ago, news of the coming to town of TB Joshua to the Ghana branch saw a mammoth crowd trooping to his church on the Spintex Road, leading to a snail's pace traffic situation on the road leading to the place.

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