- Bishop David Oyedepo has made some controversial claims about the COVID-19 vaccine
- There is no known scientific evidence backing the claims made by the bishop
- The Nigerian government has advised its citizens to take COVID-19 vaccines
Despite the efforts by the federal government to vaccinate Nigerians against the COVID-19 disease, Bishop David Oyedepo has said he would not take the vaccine.
The cleric who presides over the Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, said he is not a guinea pig.
The Cable reported that the religious leader made the statement on Saturday, April 17, during the church’s Covenant Hour of Prayer programme.
The cleric argued that the church has the answer to some of the challenges facing the world.
He pointed out that it is immoral to force people to take the vaccine.
''I have never seen a generation where you force people to take vaccines. It is inhuman; it is immoral sir. I’m not a lawyer but I don’t think it is legal. You can’t come to my house and want to give me injection.
“On what? Did I invite you? They are confused. But the church has the answer. Did you see any outbreak of virus here? How will it enter the gate? Will it come through the air? How? One woman just got down after that injection in Kaduna. What kind of life? Are human beings now turned to guinea pigs.''
According to The Punch, the cleric noted that his job is to expose the devil and its agents.
Oyedepo insisted that he owed no one an apology for rejecting the vaccine.
“No apologies. There is a big, big bird in our land, saying ‘don’t take it, they are deceivers’. Let me see someone who will come and inject me. By who? Are you going to tie my hands? How? Did I invite you? I know you are quiet, you will hear more of it. My job is to expose the devil and tell his agents, ‘get off, we are not guinea pigs’.”
Meanwhile, there is hope that Nigeria will have its own COVID-19 vaccine. This is according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
According to the VP, a private university in Osun state is already working on producing the vaccine.
Specifically, he said the Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun state, is on top of the situation, Punch reports.