Malawi President Joyce Banda says she has been visiting Nigeria to worship at Prophet TB Joshua’s temple as “a follower of God”.
The President’s remarks are contained in an interview published in Nigeria’s Daily Independent newspaper.
She was asked: “You believe so much in God and you have a relationship with Prophet T.B. Joshua in Nigeria…”
In her response, the Malawi leader said: “I don’t have a relationship with him; I am a follower of God.”
President Banda said she visit Nigeria-based synagogue church just the way some Christians visit Israel, just like pilgrimages Muslims make to Mecca.
“I go to Church; right now I am planning to go to Israel. When I find that there is a group of people praying, here, Nigeria, Jerusalem, America, I go there,” she said as quoted by the Nigerian daily.
Banda said she has been at Prophet TB Joshua’s temple “not once; but three times.”
The Malawi leader has been spotted on TB Joshua’s popular Emmanuel TV from the time she was Vice President.
Many other African leaders have literally turned the church situated in Ikotun-Egbe, a Lagos suburb, into a pilgrimage centre of sorts. They include President Omar Bongo of the Republic of Gabon, Goodwill Zwelithini, King of the Zulu from South Africa, Andre Kolimba, former president of the Central African Republic, ex-President Pascal Linssouba of Congo Brazaville and Yormie Johnson, the former Liberian warlord.
Other prominent personalities who have visited the church are Jaso Van de Westhuzen, professional rugby player healed by Joshua, Rev. Tay Cheng Kee, founder of Bethesda Cathedral, Singapore, Raph Beimer, a judge of the US Supreme Court and Dupuo Peter, Premier of Northern Cape, South Africa.