Header Ads

COVID-19: Adeboye, Ighodalo, other clerics differ on jabs for church members

Top Nigerian clerics are currently divided over COVID-19 vaccination, leaving millions of their direct and indirect followers confused whether to take jabs or not.

Some of the pastors encouraged their teeming members to take the vaccine, others have yet to make their positions on the matter known to the public, while some already instructed their members not to do so but to believe in God’s healing power.


The pro-vaccine pastors so far include the General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye; founder of Kingsway International Christian Centre, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo; General Overseer of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Dr Mike Okonkwo; Senior Pastor of Trinity House, Ituah Ighodalo; founder of Daystar Christian Centre, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, among others.

 Those indifferent or who haven’t made any pronouncement for or against vaccination include the General Overseer, Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, Dr. Daniel Olukoya; General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Kumuyi, founder of The Sword of The Spirit Ministries International and President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Wale Oke, among others.

Top clerics who have made their positions known against COVID-19 vaccination are the General Overseer of the Living Faith Church International (Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo; the General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman; Shepherd of the Household of God Church International Ministries, Pastor Chris Okotie; Founder, Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, among others.

Nigeria has so far recorded over 200,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 2,700 associated deaths since the index case of the deadly virus was reported in the country in March 2020, according to statistics by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

The Federal Government through the National Primary Health Care Development Agency has since been encouraging Nigerians to take COVID-19 vaccines in order for the country to achieve herd immunity.

About five million Nigerians have since received their first shots of COVID-19 vaccination while about two million have completed their second doses, according to NPHCDA statistics as of end of September.

The Federal Government also encourages religious and political leaders to take the vaccine to dissipate vaccine hesitancy among the populace.

Addressing congregants on Friday night during the monthly Holy Ghost service of the church at the Redemption Camp along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Adeboye said, “I have never said to you, ‘Don’t be vaccinated.’ You’ve never heard that from me. Rather than live in fear or doubt, get vaccinated. If you believe that getting vaccinated will put your mind at rest, then go ahead.

 “Daddy, are you saying that you too could be vaccinated? If there are nations in the world that say that I cannot come to preach the gospel there because of vaccination, I will do anything for Jesus Christ.

 “If vaccination or no vaccination is going to hinder me from doing the work God has called me to do, even if they ask me to be vaccinated 100 times, I will be vaccinated. So, don’t ever say that you heard from me that I said that you should not be vaccinated.”

However, Oyedepo had said that he wouldn’t get vaccinated, adding that he was not a guinea pig.

In May 2021, during the 40th anniversary thanksgiving service of the church in Ota, Ogun State, warned his members not to take the “deadly thing” called vaccine.

“Let me warn you against this deadly thing circulated around the country, because it has not been duly tested. An elder of this church, who works with the World Health Organisation, confirmed this, thanking me for always speaking the truth about the authenticity of the COVID-19 vaccine,” he said.

 Like Oyedepo, Suleman had also told his followers, “I don’t say it is spiritual but I see something medical; that thing is not good and I’m hearing in some places now, they are making it compulsory. People are watching online; they will misunderstand me. If you want to take it, take it, but I’ll advise anybody who has consciousness not to take it. It’s not healthy.”

Similarly, Okotie had said, “Since the blood of Jesus is not what he (Satan) is talking about, or what he has to offer, he will require you to seek blood somewhere else. And the only place where you can find blood is in another human being. So, one of the things that the vaccine will make you do is to become a vampire who needs to drink blood for sustenance.”

 On March 30, Oyakhilome was seen in a video published on the church’s YouTube channel, condemning fellow Christian clerics for telling their followers to receive the vaccine.

Oyakhilome had said, “I can’t understand how a minister of the gospel would be waiting for some vaccine to be the solution for the world. Where is your faith? Where is the Word of God in your mouth? If I say to someone, “You shall live and not die,’’ that’s it for him.”

But Ighodalo dispelled the claims about the vaccine in an interview, saying, “It is foolishness to keep having faith that God will protect you from an infection (for which) He has made provision for vaccines that can provide a high percentage of protection.”

Ighodalo advised his fellow pastors “to do their research, get the knowledge and stop misinforming and improperly educating people on guesswork, instincts and mere suppositions.”

Members of Kumuyi, Olukoya and Oke’s churches who spoke in separate interviews with our correspondent said their leaders had not made any pronouncement for or against COVID-19 vaccination.

 Efforts to get comments from Oke, Olukoya and Kumuyi’s ministries proved abortive as of the time of filing this report.

 Also, efforts to get the position of a former General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church, Prophet Samuel Abiara, were not successful.

When contacted, CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, said, “CAN has not made any official position on the matter.” He also refused to respond to further inquiries on the matter.

However, the President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Prof Innocent Ujah, in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, lamented that people took the opportunity to deceive people as Nigeria “is a diverse country that is largely illiterate.”


No comments

Thank you for reaching out to us. We are happy to receive your opinion and request. If you are need advert or sponsored post, We’re excited you’re considering advertising or sponsoring a post on our blog. Your support is what keeps us going. With the current trend, it’s very obvious content marketing is the way to go. Banner advertising and trying to get customers through Google Adwords may get you customers but it has been proven beyond doubt that Content Marketing has more lasting benefits.
We offer majorly two types of advertising:
1. Sponsored Posts: If you are really interested in publishing a sponsored post or a press release, video content, advertorial or any other kind of sponsored post, then you are at the right place.
WHAT KIND OF SPONSORED POSTS DO WE ACCEPT?
Generally, a sponsored post can be any of the following:
Press release
Advertorial
Video content
Article
Interview
This kind of post is usually written to promote you or your business. However, we do prefer posts that naturally flow with the site’s general content. This means we can also promote artists, songs, cosmetic products and things that you love of all products or services.
DURATION & BONUSES
Every sponsored article will remain live on the site as long as this website exists. The duration is indefinite! Again, we will share your post on our social media channels and our email subscribers too will get to read your article. You’re exposing your article to our: Twitter followers, Facebook fans and other social networks.

We will also try as much as possible to optimize your post for search engines as well.

Submission of Materials : Sponsored post should be well written in English language and all materials must be delivered via electronic medium. All sponsored posts must be delivered via electronic version, either on disk or e-mail on Microsoft Word unless otherwise noted.
PRICING
The price largely depends on if you’re writing the content or we’re to do that. But if your are writing the content, it is $60 per article.

2. Banner Advertising: We also offer banner advertising in various sizes and of course, our prices are flexible. you may choose to for the weekly rate or simply buy your desired number of impressions.

Technical Details And Pricing
Banner Size 300 X 250 pixels : Appears on the home page and below all pages on the site.
Banner Size 728 X 90 pixels: Appears on the top right Corner of the homepage and all pages on the site.
Large rectangle Banner Size (336x280) : Appears on the home page and below all pages on the site.
Small square (200x200) : Appears on the right side of the home page and all pages on the site.
Half page (300x600) : Appears on the right side of the home page and all pages on the site.
Portrait (300x1050) : Appears on the right side of the home page and all pages on the site.
Billboard (970x250) : Appears on the home page.

Submission of Materials : Banner ads can be in jpeg, jpg and gif format. All materials must be deliverd via electronic medium. All ads must be delivered via electronic version, either on disk or e-mail in the ordered pixel dimensions unless otherwise noted.
For advertising offers, send an email with your name,company, website, country and advert or sponsored post you want to appear on our website to omodjk(at)gmail(dot)com

Normally, we should respond within 48 hours.