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COVID-19: A 5G scam? BY Ozodinukwe Okenwa

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Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is a flamboyant spiritual head of Love-World Incorporated in Nigeria otherwise known as Christ Embassy. He was based in South Africa but his ministry is planted in many countries and continents. He is super-rich, handsome and academically sound. He is eloquent and charismatic. He has travelled far and wide to the extent that he cannot be described as a local evangelical champion. He commands thousands of followers across the world.

Pastor Oyakhilome has been involved in both evangelical and conjugal scandals that he cannot be associated with piety or holiness. Some years ago, he had a marital battle with his (now estranged) wife, Anita. He later divorced her. Few years ago in South Africa, he was involved in a miracle-faking scandal. One or two of his followers had alleged sensationally that he used them to stage ‘miracles’ in some open televised crusade in some South African cities.

Given the fact that evangelism is now a lucrative competition for riches, some so-called pastors go to extreme lengths to acquire power with which they pretend to heal or deliver in the name of Jesus Christ. One does not know why they could not heal or deliver citing the name of Lucifer with whose power they do ‘miracles’.

Anita, based abroad, had reportedly accused her former husband of infidelity! Like elsewhere around the globe, Nigeria boasts of adulterous pastors. You have very few ‘Enochs’ among the servants of God! Sexual scandals abound much like the nomenclature of the worship centres. From ‘mountain’ to ‘dominion’, ’embassy’ to ‘chosen’, it is the same story of sexual predatory acts and activities.

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When the Oyakhilomes were authoring the monthly ‘Rhapsody of Realities’, I was an avid reader. Besides, I read also ‘Awake’ and ‘Watchtower’ magazines of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I am neither a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses nor Christ Embassy. If I need a visa to heaven, I would not need to go to Christ Embassy to obtain one. No ‘visa’ to heaven is available there!

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome courted controversy deliberately recently when he declared that the Coronavirus pandemic afflicting all races was caused by the anti-Christ using the 5G revolutionary technology as a tool of satanic dominance. He made it clear in a detailed interview online that the 5G tech had a link to the COVID-19 epidemic that has thus far taken away thousands of souls around the world and still counting.

The pastor claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the lockdown of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states because of the installation of the 5G technology in Nigeria. But the question he failed to answer — one still begging for an answer – is: why would Buhari need a COVID-19 excuse to shut down major cities and towns in Nigeria? As President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces (no matter how inept his command), Buhari could order for total closure of any city or town for reasons of infrastructural or technological development.

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The Federal Government of Nigeria had reacted measuredly to the Oyakhilome bombshell. Paul Ogenyi, spokesperson for the National Orientation Agency, an agency under the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, had condemned Pastor Chris for his reckless opinion, arguing that it behoved religious leaders to measure their interventions to avoid misguiding or misleading the populace.

Medically and scientifically, it has not been proven that the current pandemic terrorising the rich and poor countries has anything to do with 5G. In Lesotho, for example, it was reported that the small country has been using the 5G technology for over two years now yet there is no single reported case of Coronavirus. Lesotho and Comoros are the only two African countries thus far spared of the COVID-19 scourge.

So if 5G has something to do with Coronavirus then no one should be left still standing in Lesotho.

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Historically, humanity had been hit by plagues and pandemics that claimed millions of lives in the past. So Coronavirus cannot be said to be unique in the health history of the world.

Pastor Oyakhilome should better concentrate his evangelical energy on preaching the gospel and deceiving those willing to be deceived. And amassing wealth for himself. He should leave scientists and technologists to take care of Coronavirus and 5G.

Like many of his critics had contended, Oyakhilome goofed on this one. Indeed, he was talking utter balderdash. Perhaps he had said what he said because he desperately needed cheap publicity but it has backfired on him big time.

The arrogant so-called man of God may be good at preaching the gospel but concerning COVID-19, he is not in any position medically or scientifically to teach us nonsense. His opinion counts but it is confusing and infantile. And above all, it tends to mislead the people. It is utterly irresponsible on his part to delve into an area or field alien to his ‘calling’.

COVID-19 as a scam exists only in the warped imagination of the Oyakhilomes of this world. We must intensify our prayers so that we cannot be ‘contaminated’ by their Luddite paranoia.

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Kwara has spent N1.6bn on Covid-19- Rafiu Ajakaye

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The spokesperson of state Technical Committee on COVID-19, Rafiu Ajakaye has said that Kwara State Government has spent N1.6 billion on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The breakdown of the spending, according to Ajakaye, include the running (cost) of the activities of the technical committee (N132,931,510); medical supplies and equipment (N713,480,100.90); palliatives (N525,277,030.00); COVID-related renovation works N149,928,753.80; and security, health workers’ allowances and logistics (N47,490,550.00).

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Ajakaye, who is also Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s spokesperson said: “These expenses covered the purchase of military-grade Toyota Land Cruiser Ambulances; automated ventilators and several other Intensive Care Unit (ICU) gadgets/equipment; production of hand sanitizers; and the cost of running the activities of the technical committee and its subcommittees.”

He added the expenses also included the cost of the palliatives distributed during the lockdown; renovation of the Sobi Specialist Hospital and the Hajj Camp; mass production of face masks, purchase of surgical masks, digital thermometers, N95 and respirator-sperien 5311, and other Personal Protective Equipment; medical supplies and consumables; security expenses; trainings; allowances for medical personnel and other supportive staff in charge of the pandemic; part-renovation of the Offa General Hospital as an isolation centre; and patients’ management, among others.

“It is important to add that the government has not spent a kobo from these donations as the funds have not been appropriated by the House of Assembly. However, materials including foodstuffs donated have been distributed accordingly,” he said.

He also announced the receipt of N243m as financial donations from private individuals and corporate bodies between from March 27th.

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Covid-19: Enugu State records 30 new cases

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The Enugu State Government has announced 30 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 372.

The state’s Commissioner for Health, Prof. Ikechukwu Obi, made the announcement in a statement on Sunday.

Obi stated that the ministry confirmed the 30 new cases in the update by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

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He added that the number of patients undergoing treatment was 182, while 181 had been discharged.

“The number of cases on treatment is 182, number of cases discharged – 181 and number of confirmed COVID-19 related deaths  is nine,” he said.

The commissioner called on residents be responsible, adding that COVID-19 is real.

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He urged them to adhere to all the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) precautionary measures in order to stay safe.

“If in spite of your efforts, however, you develop symptoms or know anyone who may have developed symptoms, please call the following numbers; 08182555550 or 09022333833 or the NCDC number 080097000010,” he advised.

 

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Covid-19: Kwara records 16 fresh cases, discharges four patients

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The Kwara Government says 15 more people have tested positive to Coronavirus (COVID-19), while four patients have twice tested negative and discharged.

The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor and Spokesman of the Technical Committee on COVID-19 in the state, Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, said this in a statement issued on Sunday.

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According to him, this brings the total of confirmed cases to 284, with 146 patients discharged and five death recorded in the state.

“As at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, the number of active cases was 133, while 146 have so far been discharged and five deaths recorded,’’ he said.

 

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