Leaders of Arigidi community of Ondo State have closed down markets and shops to honour Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua.
The late cleric hailed from Arigidi and he had been providing support for the needy in the community and its environs.
He worked for restoration of electricity in the area, provided scholarships for indigent students, gave money and food to the elderly and widows.
Besides Arigidi, other nearby towns also shut down their markets to mourn the man they regarded as a father.
It was gathered that condolence registers have been opened at the palace of Zaki of Arigidi, Oba Oba Yisa Olanipekun and the home of the late T. B. Joshua’s elder brother.
Several mourners were said to have besieged both places to sign the condolence registers.
The Onigedegede of Igedegede, Oba Walidu Sanni, said the late Joshua’s philanthropic gesture extended to widows, orphans and disabled persons in many communities, apart from Arigidi.
Oba Olanipekun said the late preacher touched many persons in every part of Akoko land.
The monarch said his greatest regret was that the late Joshua could not complete the university he started in Arigidi.
“He would bring rice to the people whenever we requested. He hated to see people go hungry. He was instrumental to the electrification of many communities in Akoko land after years of darkness,” he said.
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