The Nigerian pastor, TB Joshua, confirmed yesterday that he is planning to visit South Africa in the next few weeks to meeting families and survivors of a collapsed structure at his church.
A hotel at Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations in collapsed a week and half ago as a result of additional floors being built on top of the existing three-storey building. This left 86 dead and dozens trapped in the debris.
South Africa is sending a plane to Lagos to retrieve survivors of the disaster that killed 84 South Africans, South Africa’s media outlets reported.
Joshua told the congregation during his weekly morning service that he “will be travelling to South Africa to meet people from South Africa and other nations who find South Africa easier to visit, in memory of martyrs of faith”.
Joshua also observed a minute silence “in memory of martyrs of faith”.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan visited the church on Saturday and promised to investigate the cause of the tragedy.
He said he would hold talks with stakeholders in the construction industry on how to prevent a repeat of the tragedy, adding that he had expressed his sympathies to South African President Jacob Zuma.