The legendary Nigerian rapper Eedris Abdulkareem has commented on the issues surrounding the latest BBC documentary about the late pastor TB Joshua.
A three-part documentary by BBC Africa Eye that featured eyewitness accounts of rape, torture, and forced abortions purportedly carried out by the late founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) was released on Monday.
The cleric died on June 5, 2021 at the age of 57.
In the documentary, some former churchgoers said that TB Joshua had sexually assaulted, tortured, and coerced women into getting abortions inside the church in Lagos state’s Ikotun neighborhood.
Since then, people have been debating the documentary on social media and have expressed a range of perspectives.
In response to the documentary, Abdulkareem criticized the BBC in an Instagram post on Tuesday, claiming that the public service broadcaster “lacked the justification to condemn any African man”—a remark that seems to be in reference to the Joshua story.
The rapper said until the broadcasting company puts out documentaries on the “atrocities of Britain in Africa”, it does not have the “right to condemn anyone from the continent”.
“Until BBC releases a documentary on the atrocities committed by Britain on Africa soil, only then will they have the moral justification to condemn any African man,” he wrote.
The SCOANs’ director of public affairs, Dare Adejumo, stated on Monday that the documentary is unable to “rubbish the indelible footprints of TB Joshua’s legacies.”
Adejumo referred to the report as “satanically malicious” and questioned how TB Joshua’s wife was unaware of the events detailed in the documentary.