Poju Oyemade, Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, has said his post about the shutting down of churches is not a response to David Oyedepo’s opinion about the matter.
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In an Instagram post on Tuesday, he said the closing down of churches over the COVID-19 pandemic does not stop God from doing wonders.
Some news media had claimed his writing was a direct response to Oyedepo, who said the government allowed markets to operate but could not give same opportunity to churches. He asserted that the government’s action was a move to keep the churches shut, a decision he said was propagated by the ‘voice of darkness’.
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Oyemade however said that his article was written days before Oyedepo’s comment.
“My attention has been drawn to articles going around some websites that an article I wrote on how one can remain effective during these times was written in response to Bishop Oyedepo’s statement on the closure of Churches.
“That assumption/inference is simply incorrect. Facts can easily be verified by checking time-lines. My article was written before Bishop Oyedepo spoke.
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“I do understand that certain narratives drive traffic to websites and sowing seeds of division does attract attention.
I will like to make it clear and on record that my article was written 48hours before he spoke.
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“In the article I did emphasise that criticising other ministries and churches operations is not a sign of strength on one’s part so the article contradicts the conclusions being inferred,” he wrote on Facebook.