DEVOTEES of pastor Frankline Ndifor, above, are reportedly refusing to believe that he died less than a week in Douala after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
South African news outlet IOL reports that, despite the fact that the “prophet” had been buried last Saturday, followers gathered outside his home and implored God to send him back as he has unfinished business administering “divine cures” to those afflicted by the virus. Their singing and prayers were broadcast by several local radio stations.
Ndifor, a candidate in the central African state’s last presidential election, died less than a week after being diagnosed with Covid-19, according to Dr Gaelle Nnanga.
The doctor revealed that some members of Ndifor’s Kingship International Ministries Church called him to come to the pastor’s aid when they found out he was in agony. When the medical team he leads arrived, Ndifor was having severe respiratory difficulties. He said the pastor died less than 10 minutes after being treated.
Ndifor’s followers insisted he was not dead, but on “a spiritual retreat with God,” and would return soon.
The Governor of Cameroon’s coastal region said in a release that he deployed police to force their way into Ndifor’s residence after the pastor’s followers chased medical staff away.Ndifor follower Rigobert Che said that last Wedneday the “prophet” prayed for him and several dozen people diagnosed with Covid-19 as well as some who suspected they were carriers or had symptoms.
He added that Ndifor’s death had brought panic to the hundreds of people who had been visiting him in pursuit of a “divine cure.”
According to Che, the pastor has been laying hands on the sick and claiming that he was able to cure Covid-19.
Now that he is dead, I do not know how the people that he was laying hands on will be healed.
Medical staff have urged all the people who came in contact with the pastor to report to hospitals to be tested for the virus.
Besides praying for Covid-19 patients at his home and his church, Ndifor was also donating buckets and soap to the poor to protect themselves from the virus. His last public outing was on April 20, when he ventured into Douala’s streets to distribute face masks.
In Douala, Cameroon’s most populated city, few wear masks in public and the markets are crowded despite the pandemic.
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