A coalition of yoruba association has requested that the Lagos state government put an end to the ongoing charges filed against the general oversea of the synagogue church of all nation, Pastor T.B Joshua over the collapse of a six-storey building.
The group said they would raise about a million signature from Nigerians across the world requesting the Lagos state government drops the probe.
In a statement by Suleiman Okunola the group said “We have launched this campaign today in order to raise public and global awareness about what we consider as a clear case of persecution of the Church.”
Mr. Okunola accused the Lagos state government of only interested in prosecuting the church.
“There were no supports coming from the state government. There were no condolence visits from the State government. There were no fact finding missions even though not less than 50 countries sent solidarity messages, there was nothing from the host state,”
“We thought that the government should have shown greater concern and seized the moral initiative to deal with issues like post trauma stress, solidarity for the victims and even paying official visits to some of the families of the victims. All these have not happened. What has happened is that the Lagos state government seems desperate to prosecute and possibly persecute the church,” an act the group claimed is against the tradition and ethics of the Yoruba nation.
“The Lagos State Government’s response to disasters has been quite interesting. The government has been led by progressives since 1999. However, we are appalled that the same spirit it employed in dealing with similar cases of disasters like during the collapse of mosques, the Ebola outbreak, the Ejigbo canal incident, was all absent in the case of the Synagogue building collapse”.