Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has pleaded with the controversial Prophet T.B. Joshua to reconsider his decision to leave Nigeria, according to The Nation.
Mohammed said this while addressing the newsmen during the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Tour Operators (NATOP) which took place in the Renaissance Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
He said: “That will be very unfortunate in the sense that if he does move out, it will affect our tourism in Nigeria.”
“Pastor Joshua is an important person; he must bear with us.”
The Minister who admitted that the presence of the man of God is important in Nigeria.
“This is his country. If he moves out and goes to South Africa (for example), the revenue will go to South Africa.”
The Minister also said he would be reaching out to the prophet to communicate his concerns to the Nigerian government, adding that it would be ready to listen to Joshua in order to address the challenges facing the SCOAN.
“It is better that Pastor Joshua sits down with the relevant authorities and resolves whatever problems he has,” the Minister concluded.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed’s statements was the first public acknowledgement by the federal government of TB Joshua’s impact on social and economic on the national income in terms of religious tourism.
During a church service on March 30, 2017, The founder of the Synagogue stated that he had been invited by three prominent Israeli mayors to hold meetings with international pilgrims close to the Biblical site of the Sea of Galilee.