LIMA, Peru, Sept. 27, 2016 /CNW/ - A Nigerian cleric was bestowed with the 'key to the city' of Lima, Peru, on Saturday 24th September 2016.
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The recipient of the honour, T.B. Joshua, had just concluded a Christian Crusade in South America's largest stadium, 'Estadio Monumental', which was filled to capacity. An estimated 100,000 people came to the two-day event, which attracted both locals and international visitors.
Prominent Peruvian dignitaries attended the occasion, one of whom included Elías Cuba Bautista, the Mayor of La Victoria, Lima's most populous district, who presented Joshua with the symbolic key. "I give you the key to our city in acknowledgement of your outstanding work," Bautista stated.
Upon receiving the honour, Joshua redirected people's attention to the thousands who attended the free event and said: "I am receiving this on behalf of the people God has delivered today and healed" .
On the same night, the faith leader received an additional honour from General Juan Gonzales Sandoval, the President of the Generals, Admirals and Officers of Peru's Armed Forces. Presenting Joshua with a 'Medal of Honour', Peru's highest military distinction, the General said, "This is a very special decoration to the most highly distinguished people which our national police and nation bestows," he stated.
He lauded Joshua's unassuming personality stating that he was an example to other religious leaders."Your humility is an earmark that makes you great…" he said
The event was broadcast live on Joshua's religious television station, Emmanuel TV. Joshua has previously held similar foreign crusades including the Latin American nations of Mexico and Colombia.
ABOUT TB JOSHUA
T.B. Joshua is the founder of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), an international Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.
He is also the Executive Producer of Emmanuel TV, Africa's largest Christian television network and the most subscribed Christian Ministry YouTube channel.
He is known as 'YouTube's most popular pastor' due to the fame of his videos on the video-sharing site, which have been viewed more than 300,000,000 times.
The SCOAN is West Africa's foremost religious tourist destination, with six out of every ten visitors to Nigeria headed there.
He has been recognised as one of Africa's 50 most influential people and received several international accolades, including acknowledgement from the United Nations, for his extensive philanthropic endeavours.
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SOURCE Emmanuel TV