The Synagogue Church of all Nations (SCOAN) has issued a response to the controversial BBC documentary about its founder, the late Temitope Babatunde Joshua, commonly known as Prophet TB Joshua.
In a statement signed by its Public Affairs Director, Dare Adejumo, the church criticized the documentary, deeming it baseless and emphasizing that the individuals interviewed in the report were not affiliated with the church.
According to SCOAN, the BBC World Service’s investigative unit, Africa Eye, presented “weird and strange episodes of atrocities” against TB Joshua, and the church accused the broadcasting station of compromising journalistic principles. SCOAN argued that the documentary deviated from ethical journalism practices, lacking fairness, balance, and objectivity.
“BBC has compromised these lofty principles by descending into fictional narratives and propaganda, thus turning itself into a weapon for a hatchet job as gangsters in the gab of journalism with a destructive ulterior motive for personal gains against a perceived enemy.
“Only BBC can best explain why it woefully deviated from true journalism and chose to be dishing junks and feeding the public with stones called bread by its offensive and disenchanted reports of disgruntled elements.
“This to say the least, is insulting to our professional and public intelligence.
One thing is very obvious, hundreds of BBC charades cannot rubbish the indelible footprints of TB Joshua’s legacies on earth again.”
The church asserted that the BBC’s investigation descended into “fictional narratives and propaganda,” turning itself into a tool for a hatchet job against a perceived enemy. It criticized the report as insulting to the intelligence of the public and questioned the motives behind the documentary.
SCOAN highlighted the positive impact of TB Joshua’s ministry, citing numerous individuals who have experienced miracles and benefited from his anointing. The church acknowledged the existence of critics but accused the BBC of relying on biased narrators and disregarding the experiences of those who have witnessed positive transformations through TB Joshua’s ministry.
The statement expressed regret that the BBC’s investigative eyes failed to acknowledge the presence of beneficiaries in the UK, the home base of the broadcasting station. SCOAN mentioned that broken families reconciled by TB Joshua and vulnerable children whose destinies were restored were angered by the offensive reports.
The church criticized the BBC for not reaching out directly to SCOAN to experience the church’s activities firsthand, calling the documentary biased and unprofessional. It disputed the credibility of the individuals interviewed and questioned their sudden awakening after the passing of TB Joshua.
In conclusion, SCOAN accused the BBC of attempting to defame the church and suggested that envy might be behind the biased production. The church asserted that despite persecution, the legacy of TB Joshua would endure.
It is essential to note that the statements and opinions presented in the response are those of SCOAN and do not necessarily reflect the views of all parties involved.