Yesterday ghanabusinessnews.com published a story about TB Joshua, the Nigerian preacher. The story was initially carried by the Premium Times of Nigeria on the Panama Papers, a trove of over 11 million leaked documents showing the activities of individuals and businesses in offshore Panama. The story simply said TB Joshua has been found in the documents to be connected to an offshore company Chillon Consultancy Limited, located in the British Virgin Islands.
TB Joshua has subsequently issued a response, which we have published below unedited. It should be however, noted that, the Premium Times which originally published the story indicated that it contacted him for his comments but got no response. And it should also be noted that, the publication merely reported that documents were found linking him and the wife to Chillon Consultancy Limited and nothing more.
This rejoinder was copied to ghanabusinessnews.com.
This is an official statement from Prophet T.B. Joshua:
“I was shocked to find a report written in Premium Times (http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/201600-panamapapers-reveal-t-b-joshuas-shell-company-in-offshore-tax-haven.html) claiming that the Panama Papers revealed a shell company called Chillon Consultancy Limited in the British Virgin Islands, allegedly owned by me. Whoever is involved in this malicious write-up and propaganda with an obvious intent to defame my person and the ministry, remember what the Bible says in Luke 2:34 – “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many… and to be a sign that will be spoken against.”
“I am not a businessman and have no business whatsoever. What God has given me is more than enough. I have nothing to do with the Panama Papers. As for me and my family, we shall remain in the vineyard of God.
“Premium Times – do not allow your company to be used. Do not allow your company to stand against God. This is a lie! Take note – this news was written by the same journalist who alleged that I bribed him during the building incident and went to different channels – both local and international – to propagate these fabrications. Since the building incident, there have been a series of threats towards the ministry and my person by this same journalist, Nicholas Ibekwe, who represents a gang of people.
“After everything that has been done in an attempt to destroy this ministry, this is what he has resorted to. Even the picture used in the write-up is taken from the Mexico Crusade I recently held. It was a crusade I went for, nothing more.
“Do not use the Panama Papers to attack those you have been looking for an opportunity to victimise. This is to show that not everybody alleged in the media to be involved in the Panama Papers is truly involved. My own case is a good example.
“Beware of those using the Panama Papers for fraudulent purposes! This is a very big mistake the fraudsters have made. Those who read this report – take time to do your findings. It is malicious.”
“Note – people are misusing the data in the Panama Papers for fraud to attack innocent people.”