Arigidi Akoko, Home town of the Founder, Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet T.B Joshua In Akoko Northwest area of Ondo State is in mourning mood as residents of the town continue to express shock over the sudden demise of the televangelist whom they all described as a great philanthropist.
Residents were seen in groups discussing the tragedy that had befallen the ancient town.
When Radio Nigeria Visited the town, The Palace of Zaki of Arigidi, Oba Yisa Olanipekun had suddenly become a Mecca of sort as people from the entire Akokoland continued to troop in and out, commiserating with the the people of the town.
Oba Olanipekun noted that the late prophet attracted many development projects to the town.
He identified such projects to include ongoing multi million naira Church pavilion, construction of roads, provision of patrol vehicles for police in Arigidi Akoko among others.
Many churches that have begun the day’s service before the news of the T.B Joshua’s demise filtered in turned their sermons to eulogies to the man they called illustrous son of Akokoland.
One of the clergymen, Pastor Gabriel Agbaje spoke glowingly of the late prophet’s selfless service especially to the needy, describing him as a lover of peace.
Similarly, Bishop Micheal Abe who was also full of tributes to the deceased saying the elderly and less privileged would miss his annual gift of foodstuffs and other kind gestures.
A Muslim cleric, Sheikh Jimoh Balogun noted that he was one of the beneficiaries of the renowned prophet saying he was a detribalised and kind individual.
Another resident, a woman simply called Munirat and who was seen shedding tears uncontrollably said no one would replace T.B Joshua for them.