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Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by CallMeDrino: 1:15pm On Mar 22
Bishop Oyedepo Under Fire For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has come under fire on social media for holding service at the church’s headquarters in Ota, Ogun State despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Oyedepo held a mega service at the church’s headquarters known as Canaanland on Sunday in defiance of the state government’s order for gatherings, social and religious, to be restricted to 50 persons.

The church had on Friday released a memo instructing each of its provinces to create more cells in members’ houses as part of efforts to reduce large gatherings.

A source, however, told Qed.ng on Sunday that a press release by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) changed the church’s direction.

“After that memo by the church, CAN made a release later in the evening that, for those who may not be aware and still come nationwide, the forum or service should be used to sensitize them about corona, need to stay at home and how to worship henceforth in the meantime, praying for the nation and world and all that. Just for public awareness,” the source said.

“So we can describe it as a ‘public awareness service’. Very few people, as expected, were not aware and came. They were properly educated.

“Even up till 10 pm yesterday, we were still not sure it should hold. Leadership was reluctant and put a call across to CAN. But they said it is the responsibility of churches to properly sensitize ignorant members.”

Nigerians on Twitter have begun attacking Oyedepo for the action.
https://globaltimesng.com/bishop-oyedepo-under-fire-for-holding-service-at-canaanland-amid-coronavirus-lockdown/

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Anwons(m): 1:19pm On Mar 22
Hmmm, I have nothing to zay! Over to people zhat have zonething to zay.

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Sholaco: 1:19pm On Mar 22
Hahahahahaha the man is anti government, have no regards for the law and no concerns for his followers life...all he cares about is money

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Administration1: 1:19pm On Mar 22
The Church Leadership said that they held the service based on recommendations from CAN


Memo
From: First Vice President
To: All Home Mission Stations
Subject: FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON TOMORROW, SUNDAY SERVICE (S)
Date: March 21, 2020

Breaking Limits Greetings in Jesus name!
Following recent release from the Office of the CAN National President as per attached, our regular Sunday service(s) shall hold tomorrow across the various States of the Nation.
To this effect, every assembly should take necessary precaution.
Please pass this information to neighbouring Stations.
Remain ever blessed.



David O. Abioye


this is the attachment


COVID-19: CAN’s Further Directive to Denominational Leaders

Sequel to the ban on all crowded religious and social gatherings with a view to stopping the spread of COVID-19, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has directed churches to begin the use of Home Cells and online services to conduct the Sunday services and the Mid-Week Services where membership is above fifty.
However, the attention of the President, His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo A. Ayokunle has been drawn to a situation where some Christians might still go to their churches tomorrow, Sunday, 22 March, 2020 for one reason or the other, since they cannot be sent away by the church, Pastors should allow such people to worship and use the occasion to create the awareness.
But they must follow these guidelines and precautions:
(i) The body temperature of all worshippers must be taken before they are allowed into the church. Thosee with high body temperature should be directed to seek medical attention immediately.
(ii) Each branch/assembly should provide alcohol-based hand rub (sanitizer) for use.
(iii) Regular washing of hands with soap and water; use of same towel is not allowed.
(iv) Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
(v) Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
(vi) Drink hot water regularly
(vii) Practice respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose the used tissue immediately.
(viii) If you have fever, cough and difficulty in breathing, then seek medical care early
It is our hope that very soon, coronavirus will become history all over the world in Jesus Name.
Thank You
Signed
Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Special Assistant (Media &Communications) to the CAN President, His Eminence, Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle.

21 March 2020.

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by ntyce(m): 1:19pm On Mar 22
I knew Oyedepo would hold service...

He has always wanted to be seen as too big to be controlled by the Nigerian govt.

Yet, the church's branch in the USA and UK never blinked before obeying Trump's and Boris Johnson's order.

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by AuthenticNG: 1:20pm On Mar 22
Which kind under fire

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by FacelessKing: 1:20pm On Mar 22
The building is large enough...

Ogun state Government, QUARANTINE EVERYONE INSIDE!!!!!

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by madridguy(m): 1:20pm On Mar 22
I hope tomorrow someone won't start blaming PMB for anything.

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by 9jvirgin(m): 1:20pm On Mar 22
Buhari why?

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by gurunlocker: 1:20pm On Mar 22
Alert is important... grin

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Martinola(m): 1:20pm On Mar 22
So, exposing people to the virus by gathering such crowd is a way to create awareness nd tell people to stay at home?
I'm sorry to mention, the church hierachy goofed on dis one.

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Emu4life(m): 1:20pm On Mar 22
And the sheeples careless about their safety.
Well I'm not surprised. If a Nigerian pastor's son is playing with his father's phone and types "hhhdgffwvvbbbbsksb 1st gxvsbxbhshbshdnxj hdvsydvjkkkkshslnbhgdbbh" on the pastors facebook wall. In the next ten minutes, over 1500 followers would have commented: " Amen, man of God, i receive it, more grace Sir, i am healed Sir, I tapped into the blessing and about 900 people will have liked and shared the post.
So much of brainwashing

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Onyeedum(m): 1:20pm On Mar 22
When they have already budgeted for today's thanksgiving oil.

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by chibwike(m): 1:20pm On Mar 22
Wow

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Wayne4uall(m): 1:20pm On Mar 22
Hmmmm... Have mercy on us oh lord
Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Ezeah19: 1:20pm On Mar 22
Disappointed �

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Profayo: 1:20pm On Mar 22
It's the duty of the government to enforce law, even in Europe many people did not stay at home untill government enforced it, there are policemen and military men all over spain and France.Just place military men around that neighbourhood and see if any one will step out

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by ignis(f): 1:20pm On Mar 22
They said

"The church will end coronavirus not coronavirus to end the church "

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by TooMuchStuff: 1:20pm On Mar 22
embarassed

Anointing pass anointing.

Papa wan kolo the Coro

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by majamajic(m): 1:20pm On Mar 22
The law is for lagos ,

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Olusholar24(m): 1:21pm On Mar 22
Offering must not go unpaid on a very good Sunday like this.

Hungry and greedy pastors.
PocketPreneur

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by OakConsultNG: 1:21pm On Mar 22
Interesting

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by lexrichy(m): 1:21pm On Mar 22
coronavirus will soon be history. in another news,
Locust plague continuing swarms in Africa and the Middle East.

seems like we are really in the end times undecided

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Hisxellency: 1:21pm On Mar 22
God.. Please heal our land!

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by leye4u: 1:21pm On Mar 22
Fire ko thunder ni
Yeye bloggers

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Thiwalade: 1:21pm On Mar 22
K

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by teemotee: 1:21pm On Mar 22
church or no people will still enter danfo to the market on monday

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Lanre4uonly(m): 1:21pm On Mar 22
I wonder why some people decided to do otherwise knowing fully well what is at stake.
#SafetyFirst.

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by DrChukki: 1:21pm On Mar 22
Even viruses respects the anointing so no shaking

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Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by Oshlander: 1:21pm On Mar 22
ok
Re: Bishop Oyedepo Criticized For Holding Service At Canaanland Amid Covid-19 by obembet(f): 1:21pm On Mar 22
At this junction, its Only God we can run to. I want us to understand that we don't have Government. Italy, China and other country sensitized their country and share free food for thier citizens. Do you think Nigeria government can do that? Our president has never alter a word till date maybe the virus affected his trip to London. We don't have hospital, no body care for anyone.

Believe me brother and sisters, the only person we can run to now is God especially if you are average citizens

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