Just days after a YouTube video showing the general overseer of the Living Faith Church (aka Winners Chapel), Bishop David Oyedepo, slap a female church member during a deliverance service went viral and sparked a global outrage, another YouTube video has emerged.
Despite social media protestations by adherents that he apologised for the incident, this video in fact shows the minister bragging to his congregation that the young female ‘witch’ he slapped returned to beg him for forgiveness.
“I slapped a witch here last year, do you remember? The witch came back in February to come and apologise! To beg me to please forgive her,” he announced boisterously as he walked round the auditorium of the 50-thousand seater Winners Chapel, buoyed by approving shouts from the congregation. Holding on to a member for effect, he continued: “She went back to her witchcraft company and they told her ‘Ahhhh if the man says you’re dead, you’re dead'”
For emphasis, he added: “The witch came back… that’s after slapping her o!”
See the video here:
On the Facebook timeline of popular blogger Kayode Ogundamisi, who popularised this video tonight, the debate is already raging:
Allen Ogedengbe : Mr Ogundamisi, how bad can it get for this man? Physically assaulted a minor (?), then confessed to it…Lawyers should be falling over themselves for this case…It gets harder and harder to spin this in good light…maybe something like spare the slap and spoil the maid?
Ade Thomas: Somebody said he probably beats his wife at home, we can see the signs!
Monday Midnite : Who’s worse off, Oyedepo or the fools cheering for the fear mongering idiot?
Benjamin Alozie: In this video you will see and hear the same pastor bragging about how he slapped a young girl he openly accused of being a witch right in front of members of his congregation. It is unfortunate that all sorts of crimes are now openly committed under the name of religion by pastors, while even the justice system in the country and the government looks the other way. The sad part is that pastors are beginning to play mini gods ascribing undue powers and rights to themselves. One wonders how this practice is so much different from the barbaric practices we see in places like Iran. What next if christian pastors now have the right to openly punish fellow private citizens in Nigeria and go free. Just saying
On YouTube, the debate is not any less aggressive as some pro-Oyedepo campaigners were on ground to share their opinions.
MrNyasha64 : Some peeps leaving comments here are silly, When you see real faith @ work, manifestation of the sons of God @ work, you go about yelling and screaming, not minding the most important issues of your life! Most of u ranting over here have bugging issues that God needs to touch ooo, u won’t face it, u prefer to criticize and get a biblical generational curse. If u need an answer to this, go and ask/question Prophet Elijah in the bible for calling fire down on the people. JOBLESS IDIOTS!
@sacomms replied immediately: I guess David Oyedepo could as well have set the girl on fire and that too would have been fine with you, huh ?
seenjoyagain : I wish you all could and understand where Bishop Oyedepo is coming from. If he said he slapped a girl, he has his reasons for doing that and I really do not see anything wrong in what he did bcos he is standing in place for God in what he’s doing. So if you don’t have a good understanding of what happened, please do not comment on this before something else happen to you.
As the debate gets hotter, some Nigerians have set up an online petition against the bishop fondly called ‘Papa’ by members on http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/bishop-david-oyedepo-slaps-a-girl-in-church/ .
On Nairaland Cyberjaya announced: I signed the petition “BISHOP DAVID OYEDEPO SLAPS A GIRL IN CHURCH!”!
I just visited www.ipetitions.com and signed an important petition. I really care about this cause and hope you’ll show your support for it.
Kayode Olu: It is a matter btw God & Bishop,people should have rest this matter into the hand of God. Flesh can rule at times but that doesn’t require diff assaulted words to the extent that one may sin. Pls is it a crime for someone that prayed for blessings & God blessed?
This is not going to end anytime soon. What do you think? Is this victory of a Bishop over a witch from the Devil?