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Cameroonian pastor dies of COVID-19 after holding 'COVID cure' prayers  

Pastor Frankline Ndifor

Pastor Frankline Ndifor

Panic has gripped several hundred people after a popular Cameroon pastor and candidate in the central African state’s last presidential election, Frankline Ndifor, died of COVID-19 following prayers with hundreds of his supporters to get cured of the coronavirus.

Cameroon police used force to gain access to his residence in the economic capital city Douala, as some of his supporters blocked entrances for over 8 hours, praying for his resurrection.

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.

Ndifor died and was buried in front of his residence by workers of Cameroon’s COVID-19 response team in Douala. Doctor Gaelle Nnanga said by messaging application from Douala that Ndifor died less than a week after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

He says that some members of Ndifor’s Kingship International Ministries Church called him to come to the pastor’s aid when they found out Ndifor was in agony, and that when the medical team he leads arrived, Ndifor was having severe respiratory difficulties. He says the pastor died less than 10 minutes after they treated him. 

The governor of Cameroon’s coastal region, where Douala is, said in a release he deployed police to force their way to Ndifor’s residence when his followers chased medical staff away, claiming that the pastor was on a spiritual retreat with God, rather than dead, and should not be buried.

Ndifor follower Rigobert Che says the "prophet" last Wednesday prayed for him and several dozen people diagnosed with COVID-19, and some who suspected they were carriers or had symptoms.

He says via a messaging application that Ndifor’s death has brought panic to the hundreds of people who have been visiting him for prayers for a divine cure. 

"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? Now that he is dead, I do not know how the people that he was laying hands on will be healed."

Medical staff are asking all those who came in contact with the pastor to report to hospitals to be tested for COVID-19. 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 coronavirus by washing their hands. His last public outing was on April 20, when he went out into Douala’s streets to distribute facemasks. 

Ndifor had a reputation as a miracle healer, and he was a contender in Cameroon’s 2018 presidential election, emerging seventh out of nine candidates, with 23, 687 votes.

Faithfuls captured on video (below), praying for their prophets resurrection.

Comments

-4 #1 Lysol 2020-05-18 04:16
What is the obsession of reporting about the COVID-19 for other countries, but ignoring and not telling the truth about Uganda's cases?

Don't hide the truth, The Observer.
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+4 #2 Sabiti 2020-05-18 05:35
The kinds of pastors should be banned just as Rwanda has done.

These are not preachers of the word of God but self-seekers who enrich themselves with offerings of the poor and destitute.

We have them plenty in Ugs da; they are very rich while their followers and donors walk bare feet. These are not churches of Christ; they are business centres that falsely use the name of Christ to steal from the poor.

These so called pastors are devils and I feel sorry for people who follow and put their trust in them.
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-1 #3 WADADA rogers 2020-05-18 12:55
Pastors all over the world are full of shit, Benny Hinn told them that being a pastor is a business, for those of you who think Jesus heals, think again
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+1 #4 Kabayekka 2020-05-18 14:55
Too bad for this African fellow who refused to go to school and try to learn a bit of medica science.

It could have just saved his pastoring life for more days!
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0 #5 Umukosi 2020-05-18 16:33
This is called Religious Economy. A display of ignorance and self deception.

The poor are not only poor but easily manipulable. How on earth should one think another two legged ape has direct line to god, and you don't have?
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+1 #6 Willy 2020-05-18 23:47
To live in this world with all its burden of disease is a great sacrifice and the Gods know this.

But They (Gods) do not and cannot work according to the time-table set by men however prayerful they [pastors] may be.

The universal scientific laws that govern our physical world are immutable, and people who disobey them (even through prayers) risk injury or death.
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0 #7 Apollo 2020-05-19 11:32
Wadada Rogers and Kabayekka, science has not provided any solace as well. It has miserably failed.

The report says that the deceased pastor gave out soap and masks, and was last seen in public on April 20, 2020. He attempted to abide by the scientific "directives" but he was buried in spite of the science.
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