Joshua Iginla, a Nigerian televangelist, has lambasted Chris Okotie, senior pastor of the Household of God Church International Ministries, for criticising TB Joshua, the late clergyman.

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TB Joshua, who founded the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), died on June 6 after battling a stroke.

In a 75-minute Youtube video on August 8, Okotie, who is a staunch critic of the deceased, had described Joshua as a “magician”.

He also alleged that Joshua had fulfilled the biblical pattern of a false prophet by “equating himself with Jesus”.

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But in recent footage from his church service, Iginla described Okotie as a “disgrace” for attacking the clergyman even after his death.

“I heard Pastor Chris Okotie was talking about TB Joshua after the man has died and the family is feeling the pain of the loss. You’re poking that he’s using this and that; that he was not born again,” Iginla said.

“[He was] analysing the name Joshua like it is now an error to bear Joshua because it is considered occultic.

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“You bearing Chris, are you not sharing by the same name with Christ? Pastor Chris Okotie is a disgrace to the body of Christ. How do you take about the dead in this manner?

“Don’t you know that those who live in a glass house don’t throw stones at others who live in a glasshouse? You did politics and failed; ministry and failed. If you live one thousand years, you cannot stand the exploits of TB Joshua.

“I’m not talking as a small man. He’s my friend and I was connected to him. Okotie is having a mental problem. He needs psychiatric attention. Let Chris Okotie leave TB Joshua and face me. I’m alive.”

Earlier, Odumeje, a controversial Onitsha clergyman, also slammed Okotie over his remark about TB Joshua.

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