The claims Pastor Chris Oyakhilome made over the shutting down of churches due to COVID-19 has been debunked by Pastor Sam Adeyemi.
Pastor Oyakhilome, founder of the Believers Love World, popularly known as Christ Embassy, was quoted to have said that 5G and not coronavirus was responsible for the current deaths in many countries of the world.
He was said to have claimed that 5G was part of the means the anti-christ the Bible made mention of, plans to achieve a one world system.
The cleric added that President Muhammadu Buhari locked down Abuja and Lagos to allow for the installation of 5G in the country.
But in his response to the claim, Pastor Adeyemi, founder Daystar Christian Centre, faulted the claim in an Instagram live chat with Pastor Poju Oyemade.
Adeyemi said in his study of how the 1918 pandemic affected Nigeria, that he discovered that all churches, mosques, schools and markets were also shut down at that time.
“I went online, there was a pandemic 100 years ago, let me go and study it and check it out, because the interpretation that people are giving to this pandemic, they range from one extreme to the other,” Adeyemi said.
“I don’t even want to go into the details now, but there’s quarrel on social media now; from 5G to 10G and other things. I decided to check, how did it affect Nigeria?
“I found a research article by a history lecturer at the University at Birnin Kebbi. Beautiful research!”
“I had to buy it. But I was happy buying it, because when I read it, it was amazing, it dug into the British archives, all the records that the colonial officers kept.
“In 1918 September, when the thing hit, the way air travel now is the main thing for global transportation and it was air travel that moved the coronavirus around, it was sea travel that spread the influenza around then.
“The ships that brought sick people into the Lagos port; I got the names, the dates they arrived, how it spread in Nigeria.
“I’d tell you the one that I saw and almost screamed, they closed churches, they closed mosques, they shut down schools, they shut down markets. 1918. So, some of us now think it is the anti-christ that is at work, he does not want us to gather together and fellowship.
“We should just be thanking God that we have internet now and we can be relating without meeting together. They shut churches in 1918. So when the leader takes perspective like that, then you can calm people down and tell them there will be life after this thing,” he said.
In 1918, a pandemic described as Spanish flu, because it originated from Spain hit the world from January 1918 to December 1920.
No less than 500 million people were infected. The figure was about a quarter of the world’s population at the time.
The flu left about 50 million people dead worldwide.
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