- The tragedy that took place in 2014 resulting in the death of more than 100 persons in the SCOAN premises is still fresh in the mind of Wole Soyinka
- The renowned Nigerian novelist claimed the disaster was caused by outright carelessness
- Soyinka added that the leader of SCOAN, Prophet TB Joshua should have faced court charges for what happened
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In the view of Wole Soyinka, TB Joshua, the leader of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), was not supposed to go scotfree after the 2014 building collapse that claimed the lives of over 100 persons.
The Nobel Laureate during the reading and signing of his latest books in Abuja on Saturday, May 8, opined that the famous Christian cleric should have been punished for flouting laws that govern the setting up of such an establishment, Punch reports.
Soyinka believes that the tragedy was due to carelessness on the part of the SCOAN leadership, instead of the claim by the prophet that it was an attack from a strange aircraft, PM News also reported.
He lamented that in Nigeria, religion has assumed a national character that does not promote accountability.
The Nobel Laureate noted:
“Somehow, religion has almost a national character and so it doesn’t matter who it is or what he does. He can get away with a lot. Look at TB Joshua for instance whose chapel of whatever it is in Lagos, collapsed on the congregation. Not just Nigerians, close to 200 or 300. They came from South Africa and so on and so forth.
“This is somebody who should have been charged for carelessness, for flouting the laws required for setting up public establishments. The next thing he said is that, oh! It was an air force plane that was hovering around that cracked the walls and buried humanity. Has he been brought to trial till today?”
Meanwhile, the prophet had assured that Nigeria would not break up despite the growing secessionist calls across the country.
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The Nigerian televangelist, 57, gave the assurance in a video from way back, July 27, 2014, which he posted recently.
Addressing members of his church during a Sunday service, the "The Synagogue" founder maintained that that "Nigeria will remain one."