The General Overseer of the Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has said his statement that COVID-19 should not end because he was prospering was a mistake that slipped out of his mouth.
The clergyman had made the statement as seen in a viral video, adding that he bought his third private jet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said, “In COVID (pandemic) I bought a jet; the third one. I have three. I was praying for COVID-19 not to end because I was resting. While people were complaining, my wife asked, ‘Can life be this sweet?’ Am I talking to somebody here?
The statement attracted criticisms from Nigerians who expressed their displeasure on social media platforms.
Addressing the backlash that trailed the statement, the clergyman, while delivering a sermon to a congregation, said the video was edited by a fellow pastor who posted it against him.
“There’s a video that is trending about me. It was posted by a pastor against me. It was a programme I had in Abuja and I was trying to explain something about COVID-19. When they told me that I prayed for COVID-19 not to end, I said ‘me? I didn’t say that.’
“When they brought the video, I discovered it slipped out of my mouth. There’s no pastor that will pray for Covid not to end. It doesn’t make sense.
“I was talking about what happens around Covid, how families were staying together, how families united, how some people even made money during that process. That was what I was trying to buttress and it slipped out of my mouth. I could not have prayed for Covid not to end, no pastor would do that. But he (the pastor) took that mistake, edited some part and blew it,” he said.
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