On Twitter, @DrOlufunmilayo shared: “TB Joshua was someone who actually touched the lives of many poor people. Unlike many others, he was one pastor who actually reached out to poor people and always tried to help them.”
On Facebook, Ross Adel said: “Daddy left us in this cold world alone I can’t think straight.”
SimNom Barry said: “Daddy, may ur soul rest in peace with the Lord.” [sic]
@Irunnia tweeted, “This man fed widows & orphans, trained people he never met in schools and gave people jobs. He was hardly involved in stupid politics like most other pastors & prophets.”
In September 2014, his church became a horror scene when the church’s six-storey accommodation building collapsed, killing 116 people of whom 87 were South Africans.
In July 2015, a coroner’s inquest found the collapse was as a result of negligence and the church should be held criminally liable for the deaths.
Joshua denied allegations of negligence and the trial of the incident is still under way.