A pastor in Cameroon known as Frankline Ndifor, 39, has died of Coronavirus, a week after contracting the virus he claimed he can heal others from.
The pastor was also a presidential candidate in the country’s 2018 presidential election had laid hands and prayed for healing on some of the coronavirus patients who turned up at his church, Kingship International Ministries.
Another report on the issue on Lindaikejisblog notes that the doctor who was called to treat him, Dr. Gaelle Nnanga said that, Frankline started suffering severe respiratory difficulties less than a week after falling ill with the virus. He said this to Voice of America in an interview saying that, the pastor died less than ten minutes after receiving treatment.
Even after he had died, his supporters addressed him as ‘prophet’ and blocked the entrance to his home in the capital, Douala for eight hours on Saturday before state securities and the medical doctors were able to retrieve his body and buried him in front of his house.
According to another report on Dailymail, the Governor of the coastal region said a police force had to be deployed when supporters blocked the entrance to his home and claimed the pastor was on a spiritual retreat with God so could not be buried. They reportedly sang and prayed for his resurrection throughout last weekend.
One of the late Pastor’s followers, Rigobert Che confirmed that the “prophet” prayed for him and several others diagnosed with COVID-19 last Wednesday. He said;
“This is a pastor that has been laying hands [on the sick] and claiming that he cures COVID-19.
“If you, the person that claims that you are curing COVID-19, you are dead, what about the fellow people that were affected by the COVID-19? Now that he is dead, I do not know how the people that he was laying hands on will be healed.”
Another supporter, Akere Muna, tweeted:
‘Pastor Franklin Ndifor Afanwi – Gone too soon.
A man of great spirituality. This guided his entry into the political arena. If he left this world due to COVID19, then it must be to remind us of the reality of this pandemic. May his gentle soul rest in peace.’
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