Nigerian popular televangelist Temitope Balogun Joshua, commonly known as T. B. Joshua arrived in the South Sudanese capital, Juba on Tuesday to hold prayers for peace in the country.
The televangelist was received at Juba International Airport by President Salva Kiir and the First Lady Mary Ayen Mayardit and taken straight to presidential palace known as J1.
According to a statement released by the presidency a number of senior government officials and thousands of believers from across the country gathered at Juba International Airport to join Kiir in welcoming the senior prophet.
Kiir described the visit of the pastor as a new beginning for South Sudan in the quest for permanent peace in a country that has been in a bloody civil war for the last 6 years.
According to the United Nations and other agencies, the war that broke out in December 2013 has claimed over 30,000 lives, displaced 3 million people internally and to neighboring countries and left almost half of the population surviving on humanitarian relief for basic needs.
However, President Salva Kiir believes South Sudan is misrepresented in the media and believes the visit of T.B Joshua is an opportunity for the world to realize the “better” side of South Sudan.
“How South Sudan is represented on the international media is not exactly what you see when you are on the ground, and this will also be an opportunity for the millions of followers of T.B. Joshua to witness this,” said Kiir.
At the presidential palace, TB Joshua prayed to God to grant South Sudan political leaders direction that will guide their hearts towards peace.