A Pastor, Frankline Ndifor, 39, based in Cameroon who laid his hands on dozens of confirmed and suspected coronavirus sufferers has died of the disease.
Dr Gaelle Nnanga, who was called to treat Ndifor after he started suffering severe respiratory difficulties a week after falling ill with the virus, said the pastor died ten minutes after treatment.
Ndifor, a candidate in Cameroon’s presidential election in 2018, claimed to cure COVID-19. In previous weeks, sufferers had flocked to the Kingship International Ministries Church, founded by Ndifor, where he laid his hands on them and prayed for their healing.
His supporters called him a ‘prophet’ and blocked the entrance to his home in Douala the Capital of Cameroon forover eight hours as medical workers tried to retrieve Ndifor’s body on Saturday morning.
The police was called in when his followers blocked the entrance to his home claiming that the pastor was on a spiritual retreat with God so he could not be buried.
They sang, danced , wept and prayed for his resurrection throughout the weekend all to no avail. He was buried in front of the house. Ndifor had earlier donated buckets and soap to people in need to assist them fight the spread of the virus.
He was last seen in public on April 20, when he went out to distribute face masks to people and encouraged them to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
An ardent follower of Ndifor, Rigobert Che says the “prophet” last Wednesday prayed for him and several dozen people diagnosed with COVID-19, and some who suspected they were carriers or had symptoms.
He says via a messaging application that Ndifor’s death has brought panic to the hundreds of people who have been visiting him for prayers for a divine cure.
Ndifor, the self styled prophet was also a politician, he came seventh out of nine candidates in the 2018 presidential election with 23,687 votes.
At the last count ,there are been 3,529 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 140 deaths in Cameroon.