Cameroonian pastor Franklin Ndifor, who claimed he could cure his followers of COVID-19, has died after contracting the virus, leaving hundreds of his followers understandably panicked.
According to Voice of America, Doctor Gaelle Nnanga was called upon by some of the parishioners of Ndifor’s Kingship International Ministries Church to come treat the pastor. When he arrived, Ndifor was in severe respiratory distress and died 10 minutes after the doctor began to treat him. He had been diagnosed with COVID-19 less than a week before passing away.
His followers gathered outside of his residence to sing and pray for his resurrection throughout the weekend, blocking the entrance. They believed the pastor to be a prophet on a “spiritual retreat with God,” and that he would return.
Cameroon police had to use force to gain entrance to the residence and subsequently buried Ndifor outside his home the same day that he died. However, his followers had wanted to hold off on burying him so that he could resurrect.
The pastor had been praying for and laying his hands on his followers who were infected with COVID-19 to cure them of the virus. Now that he has died from the virus, his followers are wondering who will pray for them and heal those that are sick.
Ndifor follower Rigobert Che said, “If you, the person that claims that you are curing COVID-19, you are dead, what about the fellow people that were affected by the COVID-19?”⠀
Prior to his death, the pastor would not only pray for people at his home and at his church but would go out into the streets of Douala to donate buckets, soap, and face masks to help protect the poor.
Medical officials are urging anyone who has come into contact with the pastor to get tested for COVID-19.
Cameroon has 3529 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 140 deaths related to the virus.