South Korean Captain gets 36 years prison sentence, Nigerians still waiting on TB Joshua arrest

In a society whereby lawlessness and injustice rule, hope is what people cling to – that there is a place beyond this one where there will be no more sorry. Paint the picture, then you get your followers.

Prophet TB Joshua is one of Nigerians sensational men of God, with him come lots and lots of visions about just anything mostly when the event has occurred. His visions are not limited to issues in Nigeria, he has something to say about the missing Malaysia Airways MH370 and lots of miracle healing of all sorts.

TB Joshua attracts followers from all over the continent and beyond – Very good for him. He has worked hard doing night vigils dedicated his time for others so he deserves all the wealth and popularity that he has is my take. However, TB Joshua is a Nigerian, this means that in a country whereby there is no fair enforcement of law that guide our behaviour especially when dealing with large crowd, it is a bit tricky leaving all to God to judge.  Who is watching to make sure TB Joshua is doing all that he does with no abuse to human rights?

On Sept. 12, TB Joshua motel attached to the church building collapsed killing 116 people. This is very sad. The victims included 84 South Africans – shows the Prophet’s influence on the continent. The original building was 2 storeys, been raised to five, in the process the building gave in as the structural pillars/walls were not strong enough to support the additional load being put on them.

As expected, imaginary airplane and spirits were blamed. Lagos State government confirmed TB Joshua had no building permission for this massive extension. Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan visited the scene on 21 September to show his supports, very kind of him.

TB Joshua has not been arrested, he was supposed to attend a coroner’s inquest yesterday but failed to show up, instead donated R50,000 to each of the victim’s family to cover funeral expenses.

If you are a Nigerian and worry about how Nigerians were treated around the world, this is where to pay attention and learn.

In April this year a South Korean boat capsized killing over two hundred people with the captain and some of the crew members escaped to safety, the cause of this was later found to be due to excessive cargo. Due to this fatal accident their prime minister took responsibility for not doing enough to protect his citizens so resigned publicly with heavy heart. The captain and the escaped crew members were taken into custody and yesterday, judgement was served, Captain Lee was found guilty of violating Seamen’s law by abandonment causing death and injury and was sentenced to 36 years in prison, all of his crew members were jailed too according to  severity their involvement.

We have plenty of Nigerians in South Korea from their universities, factories to professional offices – If we don’t treat one another like humans at home, others copy exactly what we do.

High profile individuals don’t get prosecuted in Nigeria for anything, they get away with it all. Here. This time is a bit different, presidential election is coming and without saying our sitting president is religious puppet, he relies on churches to get votes.

Presently no one has been held responsible for the deaths of these folks in TB Joshua’s church, well evil spirits have been blamed, but how do we get them arrested to pay for the crime committed?

Think about this: Excessive cargo causing deaths in South Korea. Excessive bricks causing deaths in Nigeria. What’s the difference? Should we be expecting justice in Nigeria or same old?

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35 replies

  1. FK, will you publish a book? (I would buy it, if it was affordable). I find your writings addictive and highly stimulating, thank you.

    I’ve heard of TB Joshua, and like all religious prophets/ heavyweights, I keep my distance and keep my wits about me. To date this approach has served me well.

    “No one is above the law” – so the addage goes, yet he and many others can escape the law. You mentioned the reason, because Jonathan is a weak president who has courted the “Christian” vote. Apparently, this Joshua fellow and others can deliver them. Nevermind the policies, people will follow like cattle without questioning, so much for education and independent thinking.

    I would have thought that as foreign citizens were involved, the South African government would have brought pressure to bear to ensure that their citizens receive appropriate justice, apparently not, – disappointing.

    What is being done to enforce the law? Not just against him, but building regulations and standards? What is governor Fashola doing about regulating building construction in Lagos state? Indeed collapsing buildings are not limited to Lagos, but throughout the nation. Must buildings be allowed to collapse before people take action to prevent this unnecessary loss of life?

    We can see how South Korea is advancing, how seriously officials take their responsibilites. The ship was called the MV Sewol. There was another incident, where the daughter of the chairman of the South Korean national carrier, is under investigation for ordering that a plane be turned back because she took exception to how she was served by a crew member. Standards are there for a reason, so why ignore them?

    If such an incident occured in Nigeria, would the daughter of a dignitary be scrutinised for public misbehaviour?

    This is just one facet of a society that needs to corrected in order for the nation to move forwards. Without proper law and order (enforcement & regulation), a loss of confidence and deep seated grievances develop. These can lead to violence as can be seen in the Niger Delta and North East Nigeria, so this is not a trivial matter.

    Keep up the good work FK, keep on reflecting and questioning, and forcing others to think.

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    • On book, hopefully. I was stuck with so much distractions mostly bad ones, so stopped ‘the book’ and started blogging to clear head…it had helped me a lot. And yes, hopefully.

      Well, in Nigeria so many are above the law, money, politics, pastor + royalty (both bring votes) – no surprise we have a nation governed by the likes of GEJ, the stupider the better for the looters.

      In the beginning of the building saga, SA was very vocal about justice, now the case is in court and likely to drag on forever and ever, I don’t know really, very sad. Just like Baga killings, they would not tell the public the truth and God Bless Nigeria with loads of people looking for miracles and government who has not care for human life, at Synagogue, its business as usual!

      As for Fashola, I had also hoped he would act according to the law. Apparently, TB didn’t get building permission, not that anyone in their right mind would have granted that. I think Fashola must have put some pressure on him because usually, cases like TB’s building would not get off the ground at all.

      On building regulations, I suppose Lagos has one but not nearly like any sane countries of the world.

      Ha, thank you for being cool about Mme 🙂


      • Ah, FK there are some aspects of Nigerian culture, I do adhere to, one is giving respect. So if you don’t want the title “Madam”, so be it, afterall this is your blog. Additionally, I don’t want to go through life causing offence.
        Thank you.

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    • Funny story re Ms Cho and all the nuts.

      And if such happened in Nigeria, no investigation would follow, even if it did, it’s only a show to keep critics at bay. Actually in the recent history, no First Lady has caused as much traffic as Madam P Jonathan, and yet, life goes on.


  2. Nigeria my Nigeria! One of the most religious countries in the world and yet, second to none in corruption to be very blunt.

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    • LOL. Sometimes I think we have a different God who allowed some folks to use his name to justify the unjustifiable!


      • It is clever to hide public money in godly/religious garments, nobody would check there, would they? And come on, we don’t need religion to have common sense; religion has tried to instill it for ages but failed, what we need is sense of purpose, which we unfortunately lack in Nigeria. I’m so scared.

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        • Ha, brother! Don’t be scared, you’re not alone, me too I am when I see the influence of the churches, I feel like ‘where else can we run to.’
          I think there is hope if enough of us could see what the churches are doing then we can relate to one another but as it stands now some folks are bent on their church leaders being the holiest. Private jets are gifts, private unis are blessings, $9million cash in a pastor’s jet is no case to answer all connected to politicians hence eni to je dodo ko le sododo (if you take bribe, you have lost the chance to tell the truth).

          There is hope, am told.


  3. All I can say, is keep writing, you set me on fire, keep telling the stories that need to be heard.

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  4. Okay young lady, where do I begin . . . let me say firstly (?) the ‘cultures’ of the two countries mentioned are so vastly different, that goes without saying, that the reactions to tragedy is – to some extent – be expected. In Oriental countries public humiliation means personal/public shame and therefore merits the sort of ‘judicial’ justice meted out in the ferry case. Nigerian justice – based primarily on the British – has nowhere near the same level of (ahem) even-handed ness. Hell in every “western” country, the exact same “punishment” would be given to Mr. Joshua as was given (or not) in Lagos. That is a certified fact. (As my mother would say, ‘sometimes you stand to close to the trees to appreciate the depth of the forest’) President Goodluck Jonathan did what ‘western’ leaders do, show – fainted – concern for dead citizens, so give him his due (in this instance) the courts did so as well, the building while not built to “code” collapsed and people died, ‘stuff’ happens. In order for this to not repeat itself, better regulations are required, not only in Nigeria but all over the planet. That said, perhaps in this cae, “jungle justice” will be served. – I’m just saying –
    Now then, moving on, in order for Nigerians, (and people of color the world over) to responsibly ‘care’ for the well-being of each other, no matter where in the world they happen to be, the first order of being begins with thee. Speaking only of my own, the American Negro is in dire need of personal reflection (I prefer the term: “American Negro” over “african-American” since there are Pakistani-Africans, and Sino-Africans and Afrikaners and multiple over ‘racial’ demographic groups who may move here and rightly call themselves: “African-Americans”) we as a people need to recognize our uniqueness and stop the (money driven) divi senses placed upon us by ‘outsiders’ regardless of their supposed generosity and largesse (Chinese interest) beware of Trojans bearing gifts Nigeria. As Africans leave the continent for Asia, Australia and Germany and even Russia, they run the real risk of being used, of being under paid and expendable modern day slaves and that too is a certified fact and it matters not your level of professionalism and education, when you leave the ‘boardroom’ you are “just another niggah” and treated accordingly history has placed this burden upon our shoulders and only history can/will remove it. No matter how we treat and respect each other, in the eyes of ‘others’ it won’t freaking matter. Peace be with you my sister

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  5. I’m glad I am not the only one who thought about this. Sadly, the voices of the protesters are buried by the cruel supporters. It is well.

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  6. You live in a tough world and I admire your tenacity….more so as you are a lady and Nigeria is not altogether safe! Hopefully in time as Nigeria evolves, it will become a better country for all, not rife with corruption or rich and poor divide. Blessings always 🙂

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    • Thank you for your kind words. I really do appreciate it.

      Honestly sometimes is feels like living in-between two contrasting worlds. Never feel completely free when the cries of the repressed is constant.

      We are hoping…

      Many thanks


  7. Wow! That was an incredible act on the part of the prime minister of South Korea. We Nigerians can learn a lot from that. I hope justice will be served from appropriately especially for the victims of the collapsed building. Thank you for sharing this.

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  8. Very true. As we treat ourselves, so will others.

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