Leo Igwe, founder of the Humanist Association of Nigeria (HAN) has mocked Apostle Johnson Suleman of the Omega Fire Ministries, over the death of a Cameroonian Prophet, Frankline Ndifor.
Ndifor, who claimed he could cure coronavirus, died one week after praying for coronavirus patients who visited his Kingship International Ministries Church.
We recalls that Advocacy for Alleged Witches (AFAW), a group Igwe co-leads, had offered Suleman financial reward if he healed COVID-19 patients.
In a statement on Thursday, Igwe said Prophet Ndifor died of coronavirus because he violated COVID-19 guidelines.
“He was laying hands on those with confirmed cases of COVID-19. A pastor has also died in Port Harcourt in a similar circumstance.
There may have been some other unreported cases of faith healing pastors who have died after laying hands on COVID-19 patients. This is a sad development.
Some weeks ago, I urged the Nigerian authorities to sanction a pastor, Apostle Suleman, for claiming that he could heal a COVID-19 patient.
He asked the government to allow him into the isolation centers so that he could heal those with confirmed cases of this disease.
“At a time that the health authorities were grappling to understand and contain the spread of the infection, and the WHO had issued guidelines that included not touching an infected person, I made it clear that Apostle Suleman’s claim was reckless and irresponsible.
I added that prayer or laying hands on persons with the disease was not among the guidelines that WHO approved for the management of the virus. In fact, laying hands on sufferers violates the guidelines.
“Apostle Suleman did not take it kindly. He took to his Twitter to denounce me for saying that prayers could not heal COVID-19 patients. He declared that I was spewing “nonsense”.
He added that “God is bigger than COVID-19”. This statement reminded me of another incident.
I quickly recalled that an American pastor who made such a statement died shortly after saying this. It occurred to me that a pastor had died and another pastor wanted to die. Will I standby and allow it?