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Family postpones PROPHET AJANAKU’S burial indefinitely

-Over disagreement with church

THE discordant tunes being sang by family members and disciples of late Prophet Ireti Ajanaku over his Saturday, November 16, 2013 burial date has reached a crescendo with the shelving of the burial plans till further notice.

A family source who spoke to ENCOMIUM Weekly revealed to us on Friday, October 18, 2013, that the family members had to shift the burial date due to fierce disagreement between them and the church members led by his widow, Joy.

According to our source, the family had to succumb as they couldn’t lay their hands on the corpse which has been in the morgue of the Military Hospital, Yaba, Lagos since Friday, August 23, 2013.

“Yes, it’s true that the burial date of late Prophet Ajanaku has been postponed indefinitely.  This is not unconnected with the inability of the family to have access to the corpse.  Also, the wife and disciples of late Ajanaku have not accepted the burial plans and date fixed by the family. Thus, the burial date and plans have been put on hold by the family due to the disagreement between them and the church.”

WHERE HE WILL BE BURIED

Despite the disagreement between the family members and the disciples of late Prophet Ireti Ajanaku over his burial plans and date, ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered that he would be buried in Lagos.  Although, the family preferred either his Lagos home or hometown, Gbongan, Osun State, they decided to respect the deceased’s wish to be buried at his church in Lagos.

HOW THE CHURCH IS RUN

Since the death of the controversial clergy, his widow, Joy, has been in charge as the General Overseer of the ministry.  Information available to ENCOMIUM Weekly revealed that she has been in charge of ministration at Sunday services since her husband’s  demise.

We reliably gathered that she has been the brain behind her late hubby’s online stuffs, books and tapes before his demise.  We learnt she ministers in English and Yoruba.  Despite the war her in-laws waged against her, we gathered she is handling the ministry bravely as if her hubby only travelled.

HIS MEMBERS WEIRD BELIEF

ENCOMIUM Weekly’s checks revealed that followers of the late Prophet Ajanaku still believe that their hero has not passed on to the world beyond.  Aside the fact that they still hold daily vigil for him, they have refused to agree that he has gone.

The church secretary, Rosemary, called us few weeks back to express the church’s displeasure over widespread reports of his demise.  “Who told you he is dead?  Please, stop referring to him as late Prophet Ajanaku. He is not dead.”

AJANAKU’S LAST HOUR

The whole palaver began on Sunday, August 18, 2013, when it was reported that the controversial Pastor Ajanaku had passed on, on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at Gbongan, Osun State.  Few hours later, it was announced that he had resurrected.

ENCOMIUM Weekly later gathered that his church members brought his corpse to Lagos and started vigil, praying for his resurrection.  However, on Thursday, August 22, 2013, he was certified dead by a team of doctors. His corpse was deposited at the Military Hospital, Yaba, Lagos, on Friday, August 25, 2013.  While the family members knew their son is dead, the church members still hold on to the belief that he only went on a spiritual exercise.

 – FEMI OYEWALE

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