The Zaki of Arigidi-Akoko in Akoko Northwest Local Government area of Ondo State, Oba Yisa Olanipekun yesterday said the founder of Synagogue Church of All Nation(SCOAN), Prophet TB Joshua appeared to him, few hours before his death was announced.
The monarch who said the popular televangelist appeared to him around 1 am on Sunday, and that immediately told people and security guards in the palace that a great man has died in the town.
Oba Olanipekun said TB Joshua came to bid him farewell before he was pronounced dead in Lagos where his church was located.
The appearance of Joshua at the palace, the monarch said showed how the late televangelist valued him hometown, Arigidi-Akoko.
However, he said the traditional rulers in the four Akoko local governments have decided to give him a befitting burial and that he must be buried in the town, contrary to the position of church members
The position of the monarch was corroborated by the immediate senior brother of TB Joshua, Mr Sunday Balogun who said it was the decision of the family members that the late televangelist must be buried at his hometown.
Oba Olanipekun told New Telegraph that T B Joshua had accomplished his mission on earth and God has taken him to his side.
His words “We can handle all his burial arrangements, not only Arigidi but all the Akokos’, comprising four local governments. We don’t joke with him, we know what he has done for us.
“Prophet had it in mind that he was coming home, so why would they bury his remains in Lagos? That is what he wants! He is from here. Look at these late pastors, Moses Orimolade was brought 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, they should please, don’t get the whole Akoko angry with them because all the Obas in Akoko have been calling me in respect of that.
“Some places in Ondo State have no light for the past sux years but he solved our problems, bought transformers, fixed everything and paid, so it is not only my battle but the whole Akoko”
“As you can see me, I have not been myself because this is a great lost to me, my family and the whole Akoko and even the world in general.
“The day he died, he visited me at night, I sat down here in this palace, I called one of the security men if he can hear noise of crusaders but moving some steps, the whole noise stopped. So, most of the time, I call him papa. I could no’t believe his death until a reliable source told me his remains has been deposited in the morgue.
“His visit to me the night of his death signifies that this is where he comes from and wants to be buried
He has a lot of dreams for the town. He has acquired lots of land where he is building church and school.
” What he told me was that, after 50 years of age, he was going to come back home and he has it in mind to complete that project as soon as possible, meaning he wants to move his church to Arigidi Akoko.”