A popular Cameroonian pastor has died less than a week after being diagnosed with Covid-19, leaving hundreds of his supporters panicked after the man had laid hands on them in an effort to “cure” them of the infection.
Pastor Frankline Ndifor was also a candidate in the central African state’s last presidential election.
According to Voice of America (VOA) news, Cameroon police used force to gain access to the pastor’s residence in the economic capital of Douala, as some of his supporters blocked entrances, praying for his resurrection.
Hundreds of the pastor’s followers sang on Sunday morning at Ndifor’s residence that the man popularly referred to as “the prophet” was not dead, but on a spiritual retreat with God, and would return soon. Their singing and prayers were broadcast by several local radio stations.
Ndifor died and was buried in front of his residence on Saturday by workers of Cameroon’s Covid-19 response team in the city.
Doctor Gaelle Nnanga told VOA that the pastor died less than a week after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
He said 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 said the pastor died less than 10 minutes after being treated.
The governor of Cameroon’s coastal region said in a release that he deployed police to force their way into Ndifor’s residence when his followers chased medical staff away.
Ndifor follower Rigobert Che said 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 said Ndifor’s death had brought panic to the hundreds of people who had been visiting him for prayers for 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.
“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,” he told VOA.
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.
We pray the Almighty God forgive the dead and thier soul rest in peace.
AbdulRazaq Signs 2021 Budget, Ex-Govenors, Ex-Deputy Pension Repeal Bill Into Law
The Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has signed the 2021 budget into law, saying Kwara is poised for development.
The governor also Assented to ex-Govs’ pension repeal bill.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that Rafiu Ajakaye,Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, made this known in a statement made at the government house, Ilorin.
The statement reads:
“Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday signed the 2021 Appropriation Bill into law, amid assurances that the administration will build on the ongoing infrastructural development and increased investments in social protection and youths empowerment.
“He also assented to the bill repealing pension payments to former Governors and former Deputy Governors in the state following widespread support from the public when the proposal came up for public hearings at the Kwara State House of Assembly.
“The Governor had last year November sought the repeal of the law — both a fulfilment of his campaign promise and a response to public opposition to the pension package that many decry as unfair.
Speaker Yakubu Danladi-Salihu who led members of the House of Assembly to the brief budget signing ceremony, told the Governor that members of the public were unanimous about a need to repeal the law during the hearing.
Signing the N137.6bn appropriation bill into law, the Governor commended the House members for their hard work, adding: “This budget will build on the achievements of the previous years in the areas of education, health, and roads infrastructure. We are also focusing on youth empowerment, job creation, and social investments which are very critical at this point of our national life.”
AbdulRazaq said social protection is most important at this time to prevent more people from falling into abject poverty, commending the conditional cash transfer (CCT) initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari which is already being replicated in Kwara State.
“I was pleasantly surprised that this initiative of Mr. President is being felt in the remotest parts of the country. When I visited the communities where some women beneficiaries of the (CCT) used same to start the construction of schools, I was very happy and we thank Mr President for that. I have since refunded the money of those women and I have also approved the construction (completion) of the schools. So, we are going to continue to invest in social protection,” he said.
Yakubu Danladi-Salihu, for his part, said the budget would have huge impacts on the economy of the state especially with regards to job creation, youth empowerment, and welfare of workers.
He said the budget accommodated the minimum wage, recruitment of new teachers, and establishment of a garment factory, among other provisions, and commended the clear visions of the Governor to transform the state.
He said the passage and signing of the budget also met various requirements and deadlines of programmes that the state has keyed into, including the World Bank-assisted States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) programme which pegs budget signing deadline at not later than January 31 of the new fiscal year.
2023 Presidency: Kogi Assembly Members Visit AbdulRazaq, Seek Support For Yahayah Bello
The Kogi state House Of Assembly members has today(Tuesday) visited the Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to canvas and solicit support for the presidency of Kogi State Govenor, YahYah Bello.
The FidelinfoNews gathered this in a statement made by Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
The State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq also said the north central region deserves much more in the area of infrastructural development and better political representations at the centre.
The Governor stated this in Ilorin, the state capital, when he hosted members of the Kogi State House of Assembly who came on an advocacy visit to rally support for Governor Yahya Bello’s 2023 presidential bid.
The statement reads in parts’
“AbdulRazaq commended the giant strides of his Kogi State counterpart and said the social media criticisms of him were not reflective of the infrastructural developments that have taken place under him.
“AbdulRazaq said the north central region, with its huge human and material resources, has never produced the President or Vice President since independence, urging the federal government to invest more in extractive infrastructure for the region and prioritise the dredging of the River Niger.
“He said leaders within the region and across political divides are working together to change the political under-representation of the region at the centre.
“When you listen to some news in Kogi, because the opposition is not on ground they move to social media and they will be claiming that the governor is not working. But when you now visit practically you will see the difference. I went to Okene and I was shocked with what I saw. This is contrary to the criticisms we see on social media. Governor Yahya Bello is doing very well both at the state and national levels, contributing to discourse at the zonal and national levels.
“At our meeting in Makurdi, we agreed that the zone had been left out in so many things under civilian administration. North central has not produced either president or vice president at all. If we are looking at the present geographical structure of the country based on zones and not just north and south, we believe in terms of political appointment and elective offices, we are being shortchanged (in the north central). We are confined to party chairmen and senate presidents only.”
Kogi State House of Assembly Speaker Prince Matthew Kolawole commended the Governor for his strides within the short period of his assumption of office, saying both states share many things in common.
“We are in Kwara State on advocacy visit. Kogi State House of Assembly took it upon ourselves without sponsorship from anybody that we want to support our own governor. We want to support him because of the existing relationship between us. We have perfect and robust relationship,” he said.
“Since he assumed office, we discovered that insecurity had reduced drastically in the state. His relationship with ethnic groups in Kogi State cannot be put aside. He is a complete detribalised Nigerian.
“Another issue is that north central has not really benefitted from the power sharing of this country under democratic setting, particularly president and vice president. We are lobbying you your excellency that when it is time to talk about zoning arrangement let the presidency be zoned to the north central.”
BREAKING: Buhari Appoints New Service Chiefs
The president, Muhammadu Buhari has appointed new service chiefs.
The FidelinfoNews gathered that this was contained in a tweet by his special Adviser on Media, Femi Adeshina.
The tweet reads:
“PMB appoints new Service Chiefs. Maj Gen LEO Irabor, CDS, Maj Gen I Attahiru, Army, Rear Adm AZ Gambo, Navy, AVM IO Amao, Air Force. He congratulates outgoing Service Chiefs on efforts to bring enduring peace to the country.”
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