- Apostle Suleman has advised his congregants and every other person who cares to listen not to take the COVID-19 vaccine
- The man of God who revealed he had no plans of taking the jab, said he was prepared to stand his ground the government decides to make it mandatory
- Reacting to reports of President Buhari and governors taking the jab, Suleman said Nigerians should not be deceived by the public display
The general overseer of Omega Fire Ministries (OFM) International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, will not be among those taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a viral video obtained by The Nation, the cleric said his decision was based on a revelation from God and had nothing to do with any conspiracy theory or mark of the antichrist.
According to him, God showed him something is medically abnormal with the vaccine after days of praying about it.
The cleric told whoever cared to listen:
"If you want to take it, take it but I’ll advise anybody who has consciousness not to take it, it’s not healthy."
The man of God expressed his doubts about what President Muhammadu Buhari, governors and other politicians have been receiving as the vaccine.
"Forget all those ones they are showing you one governor taking it. Oh, you think that thing they are putting in him, you think that’s what they are coming to put in you?"
In a report by The Punch, the cleric noted that neither he nor members of his family will take a jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Me, I won’t take it, my wife won’t take it, my children will not take it. If they say my child must take it before he goes to school, I’ll withdraw the child from going to school."
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The cleric added that taking the vaccine should be optional and nobody should be forced to do so.
Some Nigerians who reacted to Suleman's statement are of the opinion that he should be arrested.
"Sincerely, without missing words I really wish deeply down me that such people like him should be arrested for misleading the nation against vaccine."
"Most times these so called pastors feel they are more than god. Share ignorance."
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Apostle Suleman is not the only Nigerian pastor speaking against the vaccine. Senior pastor of Loveworld Ministry, Chris Oyakhilome, had earlier slammed Christian leaders who are endorsing the COVID-19 vaccines.
Legit.ng reported that the cleric said it was wrong for pastors to tell their members to go ahead and take a jab. In the sermon shared on his church’s YouTube channel, he asked his colleagues, "Where is your faith"?
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