Cameroonian pastor who claimed he could cure Covid-19 dies from the virus

Franklin Ndifor (PHOTO: Akere Muna Twitter)
Franklin Ndifor (PHOTO: Akere Muna Twitter)

Popular Cameroonian pastor Franklin Ndifor, who laid his hands on many of his followers to “cure” them of Covid-19, has left his supporters in a state of panic after dying from the virus.

On Saturday, according to Voice of America, police had to force their way into his home in Douala to gain access as his followers had blocked the entrances, praying for his resurrection. The pastor had been a candidate in the central African country’s previous presidential election.

Speaking to the publication, Doctor Gaelle Nnanga said the pastor died less than a week after being diagnosed with the coronavirus. Dr Nnanga said members of Ndifor’s Kingship International Ministries Church had called him to help the pastor when they found out their leader was in agony. When the medical team he leads arrived, Ndifor was having severe respiratory difficulties. He died less than 10 minutes after they started treating him.

The pastor was buried in front of his house on the day of his death but his supporters sang and prayed for his resurrection throughout the weekend as they believe he is a prophet and had been on a “spiritual retreat with God” and would return.

Speaking to the publication, one of his followers, Rigobert Che, said that on Wednesday the "prophet" had prayed for him and several dozen people diagnosed with Covid-19, and some who suspected they were carriers or had symptoms. 

Che believes Ndifor’s death had panicked those who’d been visiting him for prayers and for a cure. “If you, the person that claims you are curing Covid-19, you are dead, what about the fellow people that were affected by Covid-19? Now that he is dead, I do not know how the people he was laying hands on will be healed,” he said.

According to the Cameroon Tribune, the 39-year-old pastor was recently seen distributing anti-coronavirus material to community members in Douala.

Ndifor came seventh out of nine candidates in 2018's presidential election, with 23 687 votes. So far there have been 3 529 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country and 140 deaths, reports the Daily Mail.