Fear has gripped faithful after a popular Cameroon pastor who ‘lay his hands on’ dozens of confirmed and suspected coronavirus sufferers died of the illness on Saturday.
*Frankline Ndifor, 39, has died after a week-long battle with coronavirus at home
*Candidate for the Cameroon 2018 presidential election was known as ‘prophet’
*Diagnosed coronavirus sufferers went to Ndifor to be healed from the illness
*’Lay his hands on’ infected supporters and claimed to cure the infectious disease
Hundreds of followers sang Sunday morning at Ndifor’s Douala residence that the man popularly referred to as the prophet is not dead, but he is rather on a spiritual retreat with God and will return soon. Their singing and prayers were broadcast by several local radio stations.
In past weeks sufferers had flocked to the Kingship International Ministries Church, founded by Ndifor, where he lay his hands on them and prayed for their healing, reported Voice of America News. His supporters called him a ‘prophet’ and blocked the entrance to his home in the capital city of Douala for eight hours as medical staff tried to retrieve Ndifor’s body on Saturday morning.
Dr Gaelle Nnanga, who was called to treat Ndifor after he started suffering severe respiratory difficulties a week after falling ill with the virus, said the pastor died ten minutes after treatment.
Follower Rigobert Che said ‘the prophet’ prayed for him and several dozen others who had been diagnosed with or were suspected of having coronavirus.
‘This is a pastor that has been laying hands [on the sick] and claiming that he cures COVID-19,’ Che said. ‘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?
“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,” said Rigobert Che whom the had prayed for suspecting he might be carrying the disease.