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.
British PM Sunak Condemns Transgenderism, says ‘Man is Man, Woman is Woman’
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has condemned transgenderism, saying people should not be bullied into believing anyone can “be the s£x they want to be.”
It also shouldn’t be controversial for parents to know what their children are learning in school about relationships,” Mr Sunak said in his speech at the 2023 Conservative Party conference on Wednesday.
With his party members cheering, Mr Sunak said people cannot be the sex they want, stating, “a man is a man and a is a woman.”
We shouldn’t get bullied into believing people can be any s£x they want to be. They can’t. A man is a man, and a woman is a woman; that is just common sense,” said Mr Sunak.
Mr Sunak further said, “We are going to change this country, and that means life means life. That shouldn’t be a controversial position. The vast majority of hard-working people agree with it.”
The prime minister’s statement has sparked reactions with LGBTQ supporters accusing him of spreading h@te.
Niger Junta Threatens To Kill Deposed President Bazoum If U.S, ECOWAS Intervene
Niger’s junta told a top U.S. diplomat that they would kill deposed President Mohamed Bazoum if neighboring countries attempted any military intervention to restore his rule, two Western officials told The Associated Press.
Representatives of the junta told U.S. Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland of the threat to Bazoum during her visit to the country this week, a Western military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
A U.S. official confirmed that account, also speaking on condition of anonymity, because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Bazoum, who was deposed on July 26, says he is being held hostage at his residence.
The regional ECOWAS bloc said Thursday it had directed the deployment of a “standby force” to restore democracy in Niger after the coup. However, ECOWAS officials gave few details and failed to spell out the make-up, location and proposed date of deployment for any military intervention force.
West African heads of state met in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to discuss next steps after Niger military junta defied their deadline of Sunday to reinstate Bazoum but analysts say the bloc may be running out of options as support fades for a military intervention.
Lai Mohammed Gets New International Job
Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Zurab Pololikashvili has appointed immediate-past Minister of information, Lai Mohammed as his special advisor. Mohammed’s appointment was announced at the opening session of the 66th UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF) underway in Mauritius, a statement said.
This comes a month after Mohammed got appointed as the managing partner of an international lobbying firm, Ballard Partners
The former Minister is expected to help the Secretary-General pursue his objective of making Africa a key region for the global tourism economy through his “Agenda for Africa programme”.
Speaking after his appointment, Mohammed said he is honoured to be the first Nigerian to take up the role.
He said: “I stand before you, deeply touched and inspired by your generous words of confidence and trust.
“With so much gratitude for the confidence placed in me by the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr. Zurab Pololikashivili and with an unswerving resolve to honour that trust, I humbly accept the appointment as the Special Advisor on Tourism to the Secretary General of this great Organization.
“I am deeply honoured to become the first Nigerian to serve in this capacity. Nigeria is dynamic and diverse in terms of natural and human resources in the areas of tourism, culture, creative industries, technology and other aspects of our national economy.
“Having come so far and rising still, the Nigeria and Africa region in general is living and shaping the full range of achievements and challenges of our current times.“It is therefore inspiring to take on more responsibilities that will guide the development of tourism in a more responsible and sustainable manner.”
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