As the federal government continues to give covid-19 vaccines to Nigerians who wish to take the vaccines, the major opposition to the vaccines is coming from some high profile Nigerian pastors. One of the the prominent pastors who have expressed reservations about the covid-19 vaccines is pastor Chris Oyakilome. A few days a go his TV channel was suspended by a UK agency for violating covid-19 protocols.
Bishop Oyedepo has joined pastor Chris and others to condemn covid-19 vaccines. According to the Punch newspaper, Bishop Oyedepo said he would not take the vaccines and that he had no apologies for that.
Oyedepo was reported to have said this during the church’s Covenant Hour of Prayer programme. The Bishop, according to the frowned at people being used as guinea pigs to achieve sinister mission.
He disclosed that there was a big bird in the land telling people not to take the vaccines. He said he was waiting for someone who would false him to take the vaccines.
“Are you going to tie my hands? How? Did I invite you? I know you are quiet, you will hear more of it. My job is to expose the devil and tell his agents, ‘get off, we are not guinea pigs" Bishop Oyedepo was quoted to have said.
Oyedepo's statement is a big deal because it coming from the mouth of a Bishop who has millions of church members and massive followers all over the world.
What are the implications of this?
The implications are weighty. Although Bishop Oyedepo didn't ask his church members not to take the vaccines, but his statement could make them to reject the vaccines. This is because they look up to him for guidance.
Oyedepo's statement also has Implications on the efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria to vaccinate as many people as possible. It is not only members of pastor Oyedepo's church that may because of his statement reject the vaccines, many Christians in Nigeria and beyond listen to him and who see him as their role model may follow his footsteps.
If this happens, federal government's efforts to thwart the spread of covid-19 in Nigeria may be truncated.
Therefore, the federal government should caution religious leaders about their unguarded utterances about covid-19 vaccines. So far, the success of the vaccines is greater than the side effects that have been noticed.
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