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Winners’ Chapel Responds to Video of Bishop Oyedepo Calling on Members to “Kill” Terrorists Attacking Churches

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Bishop David Oyedepo

The Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners’ Chapel International, led by Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to a video that surfaced online a couple of days ago, where Oyedepo called on Christians to “kill” terrorists attacking churches in Northern Nigeria.

Oyedepo had made the following statement in the video:

“All the northern forces that are sponsoring these uprisings and killings, I decree the curse of God upon them,” Oyedepo said in the video. “Come on, pray in the spirit everybody. Pray in the spirit, open fire, call down the Holy Ghost fire to descend on the camp of the enemy. Enough is Enough! What demonic devils. What Islamic demons. If Nigeria waits for the church to rise, Nigeria will disappear as a nation.”

“I was even told from report that they were targeting this church. I said what? Even if I was asleep, if you see anybody here kill him! Kill him and spill his blood on the ground. I am saying that to you, what nonsense, what devil. You think our God is an idol? I declare their collaborators cursed. I decree their sponsors cursed!” Oyedepo added.

Oyedepo had also said that if it is God’s will for Nigeria to break up, that it should break up.

See the video:

In a statement by the Chairman of its Editorial & Media Board, Sheriff F. Folarin, the church said that the video was shot in 2015, and that the cleric was not reacting to the recent killings in Southern Kaduna.

Folarin said that the video was shot “at a Sunday service in the heat of the Boko Haram crisis (before the present administration took office), when churches, including our Northern assemblies were under frequent attacks.”

Our attention has been drawn to a salacious piece of fake news in mainstream and social media platforms, that Bishop David Oyedepo, Founder and President of Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners’ Chapel International) charged Christians to take up arms and attack Muslims in the recent Kaduna killings and that if religious and ethnic injustice could not be addressed, Nigeria could as well break up.

The fake news item, which has been trending online for a couple of days, is supposed to be a report depicting the Bishop reacting to the hostilities between Christians and Muslims in southern Kaduna in which unnumbered persons, mostly Christians have been killed. In this report, Bishop Oyedepo purportedly called out and berated the politicians who were fun-watching while the carnage went on or fanning the embers of the violence, and supposedly noted that there was no basis for Nigeria’s continued unity.

For instance, in the online version of one of the popular Nigerian newspapers (Vanguard of January 12, 2017 reported by one Anthony Ogbonna), the Bishop was quoted as saying: “God has anointed me to lead a revolution against the Islamic jihadists” The Bishop is presented to have made very provocative and inciting comments to his congregation, declaring a counter-war against the Fulani and fanatics in the recent Kaduna crisis.

The report is false. The video from which the quotes were taken is a 2015 video at a Sunday service in the heat of the Boko Haram crisis, when churches, including our Northern assemblies were under frequent attacks. This was before the present administration took office. The message bears no relevance to today’s happenings; not even developments of 2016. The reporter(s), either being completely unprofessional, lazy or simply wicked, made the 2015 message look like a 2017 church service message. The trending video is NOT a 2016 or 2017 video.

To this end, we can unequivocally and authoritatively say that this quote, the report and other similar reports do not fit the context of the Kaduna crisis or any developments whatsoever in the last one year. The reports are therefore fake, unbelievably and maliciously fabricated and outright lies. They are tweaked, baseless, and fraudulent.

Bishop Oyedepo has not said, either in private or public, anything related to the Southern Kaduna killings: not now, not hitherto. If there has been anything done, it has been prayer for peace and unity of Nigeria. The intent of the original author(s) or fabricators is best known to them.

However, what is baffling is the degree of lowliness of today’s journalism practice. If any online media seeking patronage or relevance had bolted to the newsroom with this piece of white lie, shouldn’t the supposedly more responsible ones take ethical steps, namely, to confirm, substantiate and ascertain the authenticity of such claim before going to press and avoid joining the bandwagon of sensational and irresponsible journalism?.

Moreover, our church is an open one, with a website that has online media resources, from which all our audio and video tapes and other materials, from time immemorial, can be freely accessed. All our archived videos are unedited. Also, there are hard copies of all the church messages in our libraries and bookstores. Again, we have a Media and Editorial Board that can be consulted at any time. But, which of these mediums did the writers of the fake reports avail themselves of before publishing?

For the records and for posterity, Bishop Oyedepo will not say any of those things in view of current dire straits in which Nigeria has found itself. There are too many problems at hand, which require divine intervention. He will not add to the throes and utter such divisive words. As a father of the nation and a Pan Africanist in his own right as a religious leader whose ministry spreads across the continent and beyond, he is a huge believer in the corporate entity called Nigeria and has been a messenger of national love, hope, peace and unity.

While he feels for the victimized people across the length and breadth of the country and his heart goes to them, he has always worked with government at all levels to keep Nigeria safe and strongly unified. The Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners’ Chapel International) has never been a Yoruba church, or a Southern Nigeria church; it has always been a church for all Nigerian church, a platform where all persons of all walks of life bond in the name of Jesus Christ.

For those who may not know, Bishop Oyedepo’s first major break in Christian ministry was in Kaduna, his second home, where he is a friend and father to millions of people of all religious and ethnic backgrounds. “Indeed, our church has been a catalyst for the Nigerian hope and dream and with its two universities and numerous secondary and primary schools nationwide, the church has made it possible for Nigerians to come closer as one people to rebuild our fatherland.

11 Comments

  1. Lol

    January 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    ?

  2. Amara

    January 16, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Honestly,I didn’t even care to read what the rep wrote because I really do not care.Even if Bishop Oyedepo said this recently,I still don’t care.Enough is enough.The killing is too much.These Christians that are been killed have brothers,sisters,fathers,mothers etc.Who gave them the right to take a life for whatever stupid and devilish reason they may have.If you decide to take someone’s life,then yours should be taken.Christians are peaceful and non-violent and I know that these are just a few of the reasons why these Muslims and I dare say children of the bond woman and uncircumcised Philistians are attacking and oppressing them.We all have a right to whatever religion we want and if Christians can put up with these ones,I don’t know why they can’t do the same.If their aim is to make Nigeria an Islamic nation,God will arise and slay them in their sleep.When I pray about the terrorism and killings going on,I don’t even tell God to have mercy on them anymore,I ask him to kill them.I ask God that destroyed Sodom and Gomorah to arise in His anger and destroy them.Enough is enough.

  3. Kayla

    January 16, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    @bellanaija what is ur own and living faith church hmmmmmmmm

  4. FasholasLover

    January 16, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    What is the difference between what Boko Haram did and what is happening in Southern Kaduna? Mtscheeeew. Bread and butter Pastors.

  5. .....just saying

    January 16, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    To the person who wrote the rejoinder, a few questions: Why then did he support Goodluck Jonathan’s 2nd term since he felt they were not doing anything? Did he retract the statements in this new administration? And I could go on. Bishop needs to learn from Moses’s mistake concerning anger. That seems to be his main weakness, I hope he has learnt from this. Ask your mentor Adeboye to teach you and most especially the Holy Spirit to guide. .

  6. Kkay

    January 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Please, this apologetic press release is unbecoming of Pastor Adeboye. It doesn’t matter if it was in 2015 he said them or in 2017. Be consistent. You don’t suck up to this administration because it’s headed by a Northerner. Enough is enough! Christians should defend themselves when attacked by Boko Haram or Islamic fanatics.
    Christians defend your lives, your families, your land – defend your rights.
    If they kill your own, kill them back!

    • Netizen

      January 16, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Pastor Adeboye ke?

    • Iris

      January 17, 2017 at 3:33 am

      Lol not all black pastors look alike.

  7. Idomagirl

    January 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I knew that video wasn’t recent…

  8. Responsible journalism

    January 16, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    Bellanaija using living faith church as an avenue to garther traffic! Cheap as always, Please stop.

  9. Jamce

    January 17, 2017 at 4:03 am

    They are COWARDS parading themselves as men of God. My take on this Fulani terrorism is that it has both political and religious flavour and should not be tolerated. It’s the same Boko Haram being sponsored for political and religious conquest. It should never be tolerated as just “herdsmen terrorist attacks”. It should be resisted with counterterrorism by Christians. Christians are too fearful, docile, cowardly and lazy, preferring their comfort and convenience rather than facing the challenges.
    If this attacks were on the Fulani Muslims, would the present government fold its hands as if they are helpless to control the situation? Would they not have deployed soldiers and security forces to stem this malady over these years.
    Did we not see the boldness that characterised these attacks since Buhari became president even in the South West and South East? Since Governor Fayose took a stand against the herdsmen terrorists, have we heard of any such attacks in Ekiti State?
    The Eastern Governors are playing foolish politics with the lives of their people because these same herdsmen are now the new kidnappers and they know them.
    Christian communities and other Christians should rise to arm and help the Christians under threat.
    If there is going to be a religious war so let it be.
    If we send material help to the victims now, would it bring to an end the “herdsmen terrorism” who we believe are being sponsored?
    The so-called Grazing Bill is an indication of what is going on.
    Christians, let’s be wise and STAND UP FOR JESUS in prayers and in arms.

    Let security agencies and those who feel offended by this truth begin to flog themselves.

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