‘UFO’ brought down church building
The Founder and General Overseer of Nigeria’s Synagogue Church of All Nations, Temitope (T B) Joshua, has linked the collapse at the weekend of an uncompleted church guest house to a ‘strange aircraft’. Seventeen people died.
Joshua, who believes “holy water” can cure Ebola, said that the plane hovered around the collapsed building for over 30 minutes.
The pastor spoke just as emergency officials revealed that 17 people died in the incident while 123 others were evacuated alive and rushed to hospital.
Briefing journalists on the incident on Saturday, the pastor played a CCTV footage of a flying aircraft to back his claim.
In the footage, a plane was seen flying over the collapsed guest house at four different times on Friday morning — 11: 30 am, 11: 43 am, 11:45 am and 11: 54 am.
The building collapsed at 12:44 pm Friday afternoon.
In his speech, Joshua insisted the aircraft was responsible for the collapse of the building and that he was the target of the attack.
Immediately I left the prayer room (which is a 10-minute drive form the church) for the church, I got a call that a jet was hovering over the prayer room but as I finished bathing and moved to the prayer room, I got another call that the jet has moved to the church and that was it.
Joshua called on security agents to study the CCTV footage as they investigate the incident.
He also apologised to the press following the hostile treatment of journalists by members of his church.
We are very sorry on their behalf. Our members are not hostile. The Bible is our standard …
According to the TB Joshua Watch blog, journalists, who initially tried to cover the collapse of a building:
Saw hell in the hands of the church members … Some journalists got their cameras smashed and other were seriously beaten for attempting to steal some shots of the collapsed building. A particular TV station had the windscreen of its car smashed by the members. What they were trying to hide is still difficult to understand.
The blog author added:
Even if we entertain this ridiculous [UFO] hypothesis for one moment, it still doesn’t let SCOAN off the hook one iota. Is he saying that the buildings on his multimillion dollar church compound are so shoddily built that the noise of a nearby aircraft could cause it to fall? Or is he saying that the UFO had some alien, invisible ray gun technology that remotely disintegrated the foundations of the building?
Far be it for us to make fun of this dreadful situation, but how else are we meant to understand his explanation?
Secondly we should note that not once did TB Joshua express any sympathy or remorse for the senseless deaths caused by his shoddy buildings. Nor has he even acknowledge that anyone had died, even though official numbers are now listed at 17. Instead he waffles on about madcap conspiracy theories based on the fact a mysterious surveillance camera was discovered on the church site, and an unidentified flying object was nearby when the building collapsed.
The deaths were incidental to him, the real victim of this attack is TB Joshua. You can see exactly this attitude on the TB Joshua facebook page, I challenge anyone to find a single comment expressing sympathy to the bereaved families.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn