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When will Pastor Chris Oyakhilome be arrested for spreading injurious falsehood?

When will Pastor Chris Oyakhilome be arrested for spreading injurious falsehood?
April 07
12:19 2020
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In Nigeria, to infract the law and escape retribution be a cleric or a politician under the sanctuary of the government of the day. Pastors and imams emanate and fecundate fake news and hate speech without scruples because of some seeming ‘’self-immunity’’ effectuated by the sensitivity of religion here.

Clerics in the country defy the law unabashedly and with unrestrained arrogance. And when there is an attempt to hold them to account the refrain becomes ‘’our religion is under attack’’ by unbelievers.

On March 22, 2020, David Oyedepo, founder of Living Faith Church, better known as ‘’Winners’ Chapel’’, held services against the advisory and restriction on religious gathering by the Ogun state government. This was at the time the figure of COVID-19 cases in the country was creeping.

The police were said to have advised the bishop not to proceed with the religious activities, but he ignored them and persisted in his insouciance against lawful authority.

Oyedepo even bragged at the service: “Shutting down churches would be like shutting down hospitals. There are many, many places that would never have any medical solution but in church.’’

Also, at the weekend, a televised falsehood by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome rippled on social media channels. The pastor claimed coronavirus is illusory; that it is a grand conspiracy of the bastions of a ‘’New World Order’’, and that it is spawned by 5G – fifth generation mobile technology.

Hear him: “Don’t think what is happening right now has to do with a virus. It’s not a virus. The world has chosen to be deceived. As they have been deceived many times before.

‘’If you still don’t yet know what is going on, know today; it’s not about the coronavirus. This is basically a group of people serving a devilish cause trying to checkmate humanity to hell. Don’t be ignorant, neither silent. This isn’t a time to sit on the fence because there is no fence. This isn’t about religion because as you can see, there isn’t one either. It boils down to two options: Life or Death.’’

The pastor dug the pits of ignorance deeper and cited a movie ‘Divergent’ to buttress his claim.

‘’There’s a movie called ‘Divergent’ from 2014. That’s what the groups that are interested in the new world order are up to, to put vaccine in your body containing a digital ID, by which you as a human being can be controlled, you cease to be yourself,” he said.

Not yet done, he re-affirmed himself in another televised show of dopiness. He claimed the federal government locked down Abuja, Lagos and Ogun to install 5G, icing the misinformation with fiction that 5G technology killed people in Wuhan, China, not coronavirus.

“The federal government was pushed to lock down Abuja and Lagos specifically. Why? Because of 5G in Abuja and Lagos. Because they already tested 5G in Abuja and they’re digging in Lagos,’’ he claimed.

“They’re engaged in the draining in Lagos. That is why the federal government had to shut down Abuja and Lagos so that the 5G could be installed. And there are other cities planned for.

“As I said before, what kills people in Wuhan was not coronavirus. It was the 5G. If you say it’s not, then tell us how you discovered yours.”

This fish story by Oyakhilome catalysed and even diffused through educated membranes like native perfume. The implication of which is a strain on the fight against COVID-19 in the country. Since the famous cleric said 5G technology is responsible for coronavirus why should those taken in by this fable take the necessary precautions against the disease?

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) dispelled the inveracity –though I do not think it is enough until Oyakhilome is arrested and made to face the mortalities of his crime of spreading injurious misinformation.

To clear the fouled air, the NCC said: ‘’There is no correlation between 5G Technology and COVID-19. 5G is an advancement on today’s 4G technology, designed to transform the world positively. 5G is a fifth generation of mobile technology which is an improvement on today’s 4G technology with enhanced capabilities. The 5G technology provides the platform for new and emerging technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data to improve the way we live and work.’’

The commission also explained in a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ column that: ‘’5G technology will transform the world by connecting everything with everybody. It will create millions of jobs, it will add billions of dollars to the economy (GDP), and can solve some of our problems such as insecurity and improve governance and efficiency in the society.’’

On whether the radiation from 5G is different from those of 2G, 3G and 4G? It said: ‘’No, they all belong to the same class of Non-ionizing Radiation.’’

Really, we live in a country where ordinary citizens are harassed and hounded into prison for ventilating their opinions under a highly contentious law – Cybercrime Act. Journalists and bloggers have been the biggest casualties of this law. Why is Oyakhilome not being charged under this same law for misinformation? Is he above the law?

As a matter of fact, what Oyakhilome has done has the propensity of rolling back the gains made in the fight against COVID-19 and also of derailing efforts at containing the spread of the disease.

Also, I think what he has done can be termed a terrorist act for its capability of leading citizens astray to mass death and certain doom. He should be held to account. If he escapes the law on this, then the government has no moral authority to arrest any Nigerian who spreads fake news.

Fredrick Nwabufo is a writer and journalist

Twitter: @FredrickNwabufo

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18 Comments

  1. christian
    christian April 07, 16:16

    Fredrick Nwabufo , you write a good piece but you stop short of putting muslims who also conducts prayers and attack security agencies in katsina and lagos

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  2. EmmaLue
    EmmaLue April 07, 17:15

    Thank you for spreading the truth through your interesting title!

    It had been reported since 1990’s that the Communication radiations had highly affected animal behaviours, some even causing infertility. It took 40 years after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, for Japanese to find the cancer effect of the bombing. The same it is with the current radiations we expose ourselves with. Yet the introduction if 5G has shown to be far more effective in wiping human race, starting with
    the old.

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  3. cross-martin
    cross-martin April 07, 17:55

    I am wonder how much African continent is blessed with many man of God. Pastor Chris is a great blessing to Nigeria his counsel will propel the nation into great height. His wisdom is from the Word of God is wonderful.

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  4. Adebimpe
    Adebimpe April 07, 18:39

    We bless God for Pastor Chris.

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  5. Jane
    Jane April 07, 18:52

    What Pasor Chris is saying is very true, if any body have a different opinion, they should come out with their own research and prove him wrong. 5G network is very dangerous to human body, I SAY NO TO 5G NETWORK.

    #istandwithpastorchris
    #Pastotchris

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  6. CODE
    CODE April 07, 20:31

    Beautiful piece, but have you taken time to listen to pastor Chris full messages? While at it, please google up event 201 stimulation you will realise that this covid-19 issue and 5G are pictures of a bigger picture scripted by Bill Gate, WHO and the powers that be. Do more research before writing on the issue.

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    • Precious
      Precious May 28, 08:08

      You are right,go do more research about the origin of covid19,coz there’s more from the source than the receiver

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  7. Kay
    Kay April 07, 20:58

    A big thank you to Pastor Chris for being so bold and courageous to the truth.

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  8. M
    M April 07, 21:48

    Why speak negative upon a man who prays for leaders and nations and you’re sitting at home talking blasphemy against a man of god that’s you treading on hot water! You need re-think, if you need money and publicity give your life to Christ mtchewww

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  9. Oge
    Oge April 08, 15:42

    Take some time and go through his message, truth is always bitter to the world but the word of God will always prevail. Thanks pastor for the boldness and being a light to this world

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  10. Cosmas Aguokolo
    Cosmas Aguokolo April 08, 16:19

    I stand with Pastor Chris

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  11. Solution
    Solution April 08, 16:54

    I stand with pastor chris

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  12. Chykln
    Chykln April 08, 20:20

    Your duty as a journalist is to present your views and allow your audience judge, who are you to decide what is true and false? Did you do any research?

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  13. Tblizz
    Tblizz April 08, 21:45

    you don’t have any right to place your own opinion or judgment as to what the the person did and whether the Govt to take action. am sorry for you sha

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  14. PASEKA
    PASEKA April 09, 15:48

    Wow, we the God for giving us Pastor Chris. I love you PC

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  15. md
    md April 09, 19:12

    God bless pastor Chris for that deep revelation and opening the eyes of many.To the writer you need Jesus Christ to be your Lord and personal savior

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  16. Jekomo
    Jekomo May 25, 14:33

    As of date why has our clerics not taken the bold step of visiting the Isolation centres .Mtcheeeeew Talk is Cheap,Fraudsters on Rampage!

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  17. Jekomo
    Jekomo May 25, 14:37

    Beware of Graduated Fraudsters who mesmerized ignorant and naive folks with carefully orchestrated score riots .Y haven’t any of our revered clerics visit the Isolation centres ,after they owe it as an obligation due to the faith they process and as a Duty to humanity

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