COVID-19 cases is still rising daily and no cure found yet but Oyedepo and TB Joshua are claiming they are now healing patients .
Bishop Oyedepo on Sunday joined TB Joshua as Men of God who claim to have healed COVID-19 patients . TB Joshua published a video of a Cameroonian Doctor who claimed he was healed of COVID-19 by TB Joshua. Few days ago TB Joshua also announced he is now ready to go into isolation centers to heal patients.
Bishop Oyedepo also announced few days ago that he has healed 114 COVID-19 patients . These claims are getting non faith based organisations like the Atheists and Humanists worried . Founder of the Humanist organisation in Nigeria, UK based, Mbaise born Leo Igwe who spoke against Oyedepo ‘s claims said the claim is dangerous because faith is superstitious and can’t be proven .
Igwe said WHO has maintained that there is no cure for the virus so any claims of healing is contrary to World Health Organisation’s scientific opinion.
Read Leo Igwe’s words below :
“The claim is weighty, reckless, and irresponsible,” Igwe said in a statement he made available to DAILY POST on Wednesday.
According to him, the World Health Organisation, WHO, has maintained that there is no cure for the virus at the moment and has outlined preventive measures.
Igwe noted that the cleric’s healing claim goes contrary to the directives and positions of the WHO.
“His faith healing claim is capable of making people throw caution to the wind, indulge in risky behaviors while believing that their faith would heal them if they contract the virus,” he added.
“This faith healing claim by Oyedepo is a piece of misinformation because faith healing is superstition- not a science-based proposition.
“There is no evidence that anybody could be healed of coronavirus as Oyedepo. Unfortunately, this faith healing report from Winners’ church was not balanced and did not contain any perspective from the NCDC, or the health ministry, or a public health expert.”
Mr. Igwe argued that faith-healing claims could be misleading and make people reckless. You would recall that Boss Mustapha earlier said same thing about Christians’attitude .
“This faith-healing claim has the potential of misleading the public, especially at a time of so much fear, panic, and uncertainty over the spread and cure of COVID-19.
“The lockdown has adversely affected the religious market. But the way to get the authorities to lift the ban on public gathering in churches is not to spread lies and misinformation about COVID-19 as Oyedepo has done.
“COVID-19 constitutes a public health challenge, and church leaders should be mindful of the claims that they make.” Leo Igwe concluded.