Nigeria's religious leaders, others helped fuel ignorance about coronavirus - Media report

Nigeria's religious leaders, others helped fuel ignorance about coronavirus - Media report

- Sahara Reporters has said that religious leaders and some top government officials never took the virus seriously before it became worse

- The media specifically cited the downplaying of Trump and WHO earlier in the year concerning its spread

- Religious leaders that also featured in the reports as deniers are Pastor Chris Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy and Shiekh Sani Yahaya Jingir, a leader of Izala Muslim sect in Kaduna

A report by Sahara Reporters has claimed that ignorance displayed by some top leaders helped fuel the spread of the virus.

The report also said that some government officials also worsened the situation when they tried to downplay the seriousness of the virus.

A case in point, they said, was United States President Donald Trump when he set aside a memo by a top official that was to warn people of likely casualties.

The director-general of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, is also not spared as he said the virus cannot be humanly transmitted.

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The report added that religious leaders have most of the deniers of the virus as the disease claim lives around the world.

It pointed to a video of Shiekh Sani Yahaya Jingir, a leader of Izala Muslim sect in Kaduna who claims that the disease is a hoax by the international community.

He said: “Is the virus as effective as fire that could not burn Prophet Ibrahim (AS)? Then the virus is a lie. Whatever people have to say, they should say the truth. A professor has said it was a lie.

“President of Turkey declared that they shouldn’t stop the Juma’at congregation because of Coronavirus because they don’t believe in the virus, they only believe in Allah,” he reportedly said.

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The report also picked the general overseer of Love World Incorporated aka Christ Embassy, Chris Oyakhilome who said that 5G was responsible for the pandemic.

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Above all those deniers, the report said that a Pentecostal pastor, Emmanuel Adeboye, said that anyone who denies the virus is not only wicked but intentionally putting the lives of people at great risk.

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Meanwhile, earlier reported that the Founder and General overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman, was challenged on his claim that he could heal coronavirus patients.

In a robust reaction to what the clergyman said about having the power to heal the patients, the Advocacy for Alleged Witches said that if the pastor could do so, they would give $1000 (N390,000) for every patient that he heals.

The group called out the pastor in a statement published on Tuesday, April 28, on Sahara Reporters. They said in performing the healing miracle, he must do so under “an agreed medical and scientific conditions”.

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