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David Oyedepo, founder of The Living Faith Church, popularly known as Winners Chapel, says he made the comments in the video trending online, during the heat of the Boko Haram crisis.

In the video, Oyedepo said he had placed a curse on those attacking Christians, and charged the people to rise up and defend themselves.

He said he heard that there was a plan to attack his church, and told his members to resist such plot and “spill the blood” of those behind it.

But speaking through Sheriff Folarin, chairman of the church’s editorial and media board, Oyedepo said he cannot make such utterances at the moment in light of the challenges the country is experiencing.

He said mischief makers were circulating the video to make it look as if he was commenting about the recent happenings in southern Kaduna.

Oyedepo said he has not made any comment, “either in private or public”, about the crisis in Kaduna state, which he described as his second home.

“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,” read statement signed by Folarin.

“The message bears no relevance to today’s happenings; not even developments of 2016. The reporter(s) 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.

“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.

“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 victimised 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.”

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  1. Even at that is there ever a time such statement should come out of a Christians mouth? 2015 or 2019? If you deny making the statement now, you shouldn't have made it at all

    1. Fool.. That is simply who you are..you Dnt have to display your stupidity here

    2. When did self defense become e crime?

    3. You are right. Papa Oyedepo is too temperamental

    4. Anonymous 7:18, does your comment make any sense to you? Your case is a clear case od follow follow.

  2. The statement bears uncanny relevance to what is happening now

  3. We must not lose focus on the fact that FRCN code is in the interest of the Nigerian masses who are mostly members of these Religious Organisations due to the exploitative tendencies & extravagant lifestyle of some of their leaders.

    Imagine, a leader demanding donations even after tithe and offering have been faithfully and cheerfully rendered. Without confirmation (three or more witnesses) that God actually sanctioned those extraneous expenses, then these practices are tantamount to "feeding on the flock".

    It is agreed that, interference with their leadership tenures, is totally unacceptable, as some of them may be truly called by God, which is tantamount to hindering the work of God.

    But, as it is practiced in Orthodox Churches, the Pentecostal Churches should show strict adherence to the Bible by being open about their finances. They should be holy enough to render Open Financial Account to their members and congregation.

    I see all these melodrama as a ploy to divert attention from the core issue which bothers on Financial Accountability to entire congregations and membership. To whom much is given, much should also be expected. Orthodox Churches render Open Financial Account to their congregation and membership, the Pentecostal Churches should follow suit and do the same.

    May almighty God deliver Nigeria.

    We need deliverance oooooo....


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