David Oyedepo, Presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners’ Chapel, said on Saturday that he would not take the COVID-19 vaccine because he was not a guinea pig.
Oyedepo, who spoke at the church’s Covenant Hour of Prayer, called the vaccine illegal.
He said though the world was confused about the situation, the church has the answer.
Nigeria began its vaccination against the virus in March, with 3.924 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine doses, while the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said over one million doses of the vaccine had so far been administered across the country.
Nigeria has recorded over 160,000 COVID-19 infections and more than 2,000 related deaths.
But the cleric said, “I have never seen a generation where you force people to take vaccines. It is inhuman; it is immoral sir. I’m not a lawyer but I don’t think it is legal. You can’t come to my house and want to give me injection. On what? Did I invite you? They are confused. But the church has the answer.
“Did you see any virus outbreaks here?” How will it get through the gate? Will it be carried through the air? How so? In Kaduna, one woman just got down after that injection. What kind of life do you lead? Are humans being used as guinea pigs? The world is in disarray, but the church is lit. As a result, the church’s triumph will humble the world’s pride. They’re at a loss for what to do, sir. The church will reign in power and glory in the last days. That is God’s plan.
Oyedepo stated that he owed no one an apology for refusing the vaccine and promised to expose The Devil and his agents.
He said, “No apologies. There is a big, big bird in our land, saying ‘don’t take it, they are deceivers’. Let me see someone who will come and inject me. By who? 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’.”