- Apostle Johnson Suleman has denied praying for COVID-19 not to end
- The popular cleric described the comment in a viral video as "insensitive" which "slipped out of my mouth"
- Suleman, however, said he was not sorry for saying he bought his third private jet during the COVID-19 pandemic
Apostle Johnson Suleman, the founder and presiding pastor of Omega Fire Ministries, has described as a Freudian slip his controversial comment on COVID-19 and purchase of a third private jet.
The popular Kaduna-based cleric said he only made the statement on coronavirus in error as he "could not have prayed for Covid not to end."
Legit.ng recalls that in a viral video, the controversial pastor had boasted that during the COVID-19 pandemic when the economy tumbled and many families lost their sources of income he bought his third private jet.
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Suleman said life was "sweet" for him and his family because he was resting and was "praying for COVID-19 not to end."
The sermon courted massive backlashes on social media with many Nigerians berating the pastor for making such wishes.
But in a reaction, Suleman said the video was edited by a pastor against him. He added that the comment "slipped out of my mouth," The Punch reports.
“When they brought the video, I discovered it slipped out of my mouth. There’s no pastor that will pray for Covid not to end. It doesn’t make sense.
“I was talking about what happens around Covid, how families were staying together, how families united, how some people even made money during that process. That was what I was trying to buttress and it slipped out of my mouth. I could not have prayed for Covid not to end, no pastor would do that. But he (the pastor) took that mistake, edited some part and blew it.”
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Meanwhile, TB Joshua, the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, said there are "many conspiracy theories surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine" as he has been receiving many "negative reactions" from people who have been vaccinated.
In a video posted on his Twitter handle on Wednesday, January 20, the Nigerian televangelist, 57, stated that though the government's efforts on getting the vaccine is a "way out", there is "bad faith" in many quarters.
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