Evelyn, wife of the late founder of the Synagogue, Church of All Nations, SCOAN, Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, has been declared as the legal owner of the church.
GoldmyneTV had earlier reported that the church had dismissed report of a “succession battle” in the church after the death of its founder, TB Joshua.
In a statement on Thursday, SCOAN said some mischief makers are responsible for attempting to draw the ministry into unnecessary controversies.
Recall that the late televangelist and philanthropist, who passed on to glory on June 5, was buried in his church, SCOAN premises in Lagos on July 9.
According to the statement, Mrs. Evelyn, as the legal wife of TB Joshua “cannot be in contention whatsoever with any person or group of persons over what legally and naturally belongs to her.”
“Mrs. Evelyn Joshua is in a mourning mood, following the burial of her late husband on Friday 9 July, 2021 and as a responsible wife and mother, the least favour she deserves from well-meaning Nigerians is for them to respect the family’s privacy at these trying times,” the statement said.
“Rather than fan the embers of strife and animosity, she has remained focused on preserving the legacies of her late husband.
“Even when her husband was alive, she was not known to be an over-ambitious and domineering woman. Instead, she preferred to support her husband and the ministry from behind without exhibiting any selfish instincts even when she had all the powers to do so.
“What other proof do we need to know that she is a great leader who can manage people and situations?
“As the legally married wife of the late Prophet, Mrs. Evelyn Joshua cannot be in contention whatsoever with any person or group of persons over what legally and naturally belongs to her.
“Every member of The SCOAN, including the disciples and Emmanuel TV partners should see themselves as sons and daughters of Mrs. Evelyn Joshua who is an extension of her late husband, according to biblical injunction (Genesis 2:24).