Founder and President of the Oodua People’s Congress, (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasehun, has made
a compassionate appeal to the founder and prophet of the Founder of Synagogue Church of All
Nations, Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua, to rescind his decision on relocating his church to Israel.
The octogenarian medic made the appeal while addressing a press conference on state of the
nation as regards brain-drain at the Century Hotel, Okota, Lagos last weekend.
He lamented that the phenomenon of brain-drain had become an albatross on Nigeria, recalling that a recent survey has placed the estimate of figure of Nigerian medical doctors who have left these shores for so-called greener pastures abroad, at 15,000, a trend which Fasehun groaned has further worsened the nation’s healthcare deficit.
The surgeon-turned social revolutionist worried in particular that T. B. Joshua’s exit would be one brain-drain incident too many; warning that should the Prophet make do his threat, then it would be a tragedy of no mean proportion and a national embarrassment if such an eminent personality went on self-exile from his fatherland.
Nigeria and Nigerians must do everything possible to ensure that this international Preacher and Televangelist rescinds the decision and remains at home to operate in his divine calling.
Reeling out the expected losses Nigeria would incur from Joshua’s exit if allowed, Fasehun reasoned that: “Nigeria stands to lose several positive dividends currently bestowed by SCOAN on not just Ikotun Lagos, but also on the entire country.
“Spiritually speaking, we shall be losing a giant intercessor, whose prayers and those of other men and women of God across all religions, are helping to sustain the peace and sanity of this country.
“SCOAN’s relocation amounts to losing our country’s reputedly biggest tourist attraction, the most visited destination point by religious tourists in West Africa, a place that the Nigerian Immigration Service acknowledges as hosting six of every 10 foreigners travelling to this country.
“We shall be losing the economic benefit and potentials of religious tourism, a sector in which SCOAN commands about 2 million local and international tourists annually.
“The airlines shall be losing customers coming to Lagos from several African, European and Asian countries as well as the Americas and Australia. Local businesses and hoteliers directly established to service patrons of this ministry will close shop.
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