Prominent pastor, David Ibiyeomie a Nigerian televangelist, and founder of the Salvation Ministries, in Port Harcourt, Nigeria has stated that there is no coronavirus in Nigeria, adding that the virus was a way of making money.
Pastor Ibiyeomie in video trending on social media, was seen saying that he doesn’t think Nigeria have the dreaded coronavirus, stating its an avenue for organizations, aids and co-operations to eat money.
He further stated that what is killing Nigerians is malaria, and that malaria has been existing long ago, and has killed many people, yet no border was closed, being that Nigerians are used to the sickness.
He made references to the comment made by the Founder of DAAR Communications , Raymond Dokpesi, who said he was given Malaria drugs when he was being treated for COVID-19 in an isolation centre.
He added that ;
“People are making noise about the coronavirus, to me, it’s rubbish, malaria has been killing people did we make noise about malaria”.
“I told the people, what is Coronavirus? Coronavirus is only a virus that is Corona”.
“Malaria kills more people in Nigeria than Coronavirus. Everyday people die of malaria. So what are we talking about Coronavirus, closing border up and down for what?
“Nigeria does not even have it. I don’t think Nigeria has it.
“Because, you’ve heard Dokpesi, he said that they say he had it, it’s malaria tablet they gave him. So, if it’s Coronavirus, why will they give him malaria tablet?
“Nigeria, they’re using it to eat money, eat money. Governors eat money, corporations eat money, they tell lies, they’ll take money from federal aid. Government, they’ll take money from aid…”
Speaking from the Pulpit, Pastor Ibiyeomie allege that the Nigerian government was intentionally exaggerating the number of people who have the disease.
He further stated;
“In Nigeria, the people who have it, I don’t think they are up to the number they’re calling. The number they’re calling, I don’t think it’s the number. When one person has high temperature, fever, they’ll say ‘it’s Corona, quarantine him”.
View the video as shared by a Twitter user identified as @bbellgam;
Wow! Is this what Pastor Ibiyeomie tells you people in church? pic.twitter.com/XJP6fF742o
— B (@bbellgam) May 18, 2020