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Other popular Nigerian mega-pastors were missing from the week of memorials to Mr Joshua, highlighting the frosty relationship he had with them.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (Can) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) previously described him as an “impostor” who belonged to a group of “occults” that had infiltrated Christianity.
Can however did issue a statement a few days after his death, saying “the loss was not only to the family and the church, but to Nigeria and the world at large”.
Mr Joshua’s followers found him charismatic and down-to-earth, and thousands are expected to turn up for his burial.
Thousands of mourners then received the corpse at his church where he lay in state.
His wife, Evelyn Joshua, who has now been appointed the general overseer of the church, said her late husband grew the church from an eight-member assembly to what it is today.
“For gold to become gold it must pass through fire. I just want thank you for being a good father to our children,” she said at Tuesday’s all-day tributes service.
His children; Sarah Joshua, Promise Joshua and Heart Joshua described their father as “a man with a formidable dedication”.
“My father was the biggest humanitarian I ever knew,” said Sarah.
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