Cameroon pastor and candidate in the central African state’s last presidential election, Frankline Ndifor has died of coronavirus after claiming he could cure the virus.
The Pastor recently prayed for the healing of some coronavirus patients who turned up at the Kingship International Ministries Church.
The doctor who treated Ndifor, Dr Gaelle Nnanga told the Voice of America that the Pastor died less than 10 minutes after suffering severe respiratory difficulties resulting from COVID-19.
Cameroon police used force to gain access to his residence in the economic capital city Douala, as some of his supporters blocked entrances, praying for his resurrection.
Hundreds of followers sang Sunday morning at Ndifor’s Douala residence that the man popularly referred to as the prophet is not dead, but he is rather on a spiritual retreat with God and will return soon. Their singing and prayers were broadcast by several local radio stations.
Ndifor died and was buried in front of his residence Saturday by workers of Cameroon’s COVID-19 response team in Douala.
Medical staff are asking all those who came in contact with the pastor to report to hospitals to be tested for COVID-19.
Besides praying for COVID-19 patients at his home and his church, Ndifor was also donating buckets and soap to the poor to protect themselves from the coronavirus by washing their hands. His last public outing was on April 20, when he went out into Douala’s streets to distribute facemasks.
Ndifor had a reputation as a miracle healer, and he was a contender in Cameroon’s 2018 presidential election, emerging seventh out of nine candidates, with 23, 687 votes.