Nigerian Prophet, T.B. Joshua, has splashed
N6m ($30,000) on over a hundred Nigerian
deportees who arrived from Libya on the
evening of Thursday 16th June, 2016.
According to media reports, 162 Nigerians
were deported from the North African nation
with the aid of the International Organisation
for Migration (IOM) in collaboration with the
Swiss government and the Nigerian Embassy
However, rather than return home, 107
decided to ‘seek refuge’ at The Synagogue,
Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), the popular
Lagos-based church of T.B. Joshua.
According to a post on Joshua’s official
Facebook Page, after feeding the dishevelled
and frail-looking Nigerians who arrived at the
church late in the night, the sum of N50,000
was given to each of them alongside a bag of
“Let me be honest with you, if not for this gift
from T.B. Joshua, I had the plan of joining the
militants in the Niger Delta,” admitted Friday,
a returnee from Delta State, who fell to his
knees in gratitude after receiving the gift.
The deportees explained to this reporter that
most of them had been surviving by doing
menial jobs in the war-torn nation before
being arrested and imprisoned.
“We came back with nothing but the clothes on
our backs which were given to us by United
Nations officials,” said Michael, an Edo State
indigene who had been in Libya for nearly ten
months, washing cars for a living while nursing
the hope of reaching Europe one day.
Arrested in February for staying illegally,
Michael endured several months in a Libyan
prison before the insufferable conditions of
the prisoners attracted the attention of United
Nations officials who procured their eventual
“I was thinking of how I was going to
start my life again,” he admitted. “Many
of us would have ended up in crime if
not for this gift.”
Upon arrival, the National Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA) provided
transportation vehicles for the returnees to
their respective states along with a gesture of
N10,000 by the Swiss government.
However, the majority chose to seek help
from Joshua, who is famed for his extensive
“We decided to come to The SCOAN because
we know how Prophet T.B. Joshua has been
helping people around the world,” Michael
explained, referring to multiple other
occasions where Joshua has rendered
assistance to Nigerian deportees.
“I can only thank the man of God. Which other
Nigerian could have done this for us at such a
time in this country?” he tearfully pondered,
decrying the muted response from the
Nigerian government to their plight.
According to Collins, the young Nigerian had
no intention to traverse Libya. Wild promises
from a ‘friend’ of a glamorous life in Europe
lured him away from a stable job in Abuja, not
knowing that the European dream would lead
him to a Libyan dungeon.
The fantasy turned to a nightmare as Libyan
police broke into the commune where he was
residing with dozens of other Nigerians en-
route to a ‘better life’ abroad that never
“We are not here to blame or accuse the
Libyan government,” he stated, recounting the
inhumane conditions he endured in prison in
which several of his colleagues died.
One of the deportees hobbled to the church
on crutches. “I had a serious motor accident
shortly after arriving to join my wife in Libya,”
he narrated. “I have been in pain ever since
but I thank God for using Prophet T.B. Joshua
to wipe our tears away today.”
Joshua, who recently celebrated his 53rd
birthday on June 12th 2016, also assisted
Nigerian deportees who returned from Libya
earlier this year, as well as aiding Nigerians
returned from South Africa last month.
•Ihechukwu Njoku is a freelance Nigerian