Bishop David Oyedepo of Winners Chapel has advised against continuous lockdown saying that it may not be the solution to curbing the spread of Coronavirus in the country and worldwide.
Oyedepo spoke on Wednesday evening at the mid-week service of the Church held at the headquarters in Otta, Ogun State broadcast to members.
According to him, while not dismissing the various efforts being taken to find a solution to the Coronavirus pandemic, total lockdown cannot be sustained for too long.
“How long can we survive this shutdown? Those who will die of hunger will be more than those who are infected by the disease “he stated, noting that the lockdown option may have been informed by fear by leaders across the world.
“If today the lockdown is called off and there is a resurgence of the disease and we lockdown again and again until companies shut down finally what will happen?
“May we not get to a point where we have to shut down the hospitals since we have seen cases of doctors and medical workers who have also been infected, ” Oyedepo said.
He said there have been many testimonies of sick persons who have been healed in churches without infecting other members adding that Churches are healing clinics and centers which should not be locked down.
” The solution we are looking for requires spiritual intervention. If leaders don’t get free of fear, they will lead the world to destruction.
” We are in a spiritual battlefield and we need spiritual to the issues confronting us. There is no hospital where the oppression of the devil is treated. We need God to confront the devil,” Oyedepo stated.
According to the cleric, God had sent him to tell world leaders not to succumb to the spirit of fear to release the destiny of all nations.
“Have you ever heard of a shutdown in the animal kingdom? Creation is ordained to dominate the world. Coronavirus cannot dominate us,” he declared.
Citing a Bible verse, Bishop Oyedepo said God has not given us the spirit of fear but of love and sound mind adding that fear is the spirit of the devil.
He said cases of people who are recovering daily and the solutions being discovered should get as much publicity as the negative reports by the media.
Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory are in the second week of shutdown declared by the federal government which will end next Monday night.
Ogun state due to its closeness to Lagos was also supposed to observe the lockdown but deferred till last Friday to enable it set up flood banks.
It’s not yet certain if the lockdown will be extended, but Information Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had hinted of possible extension depending on the level of compliance by residents of the affected states.
Many other states have also declared a shutdown of their boundaries along with ban on large social and religious gatherings.
Some churches that defied the ban in Abuja and Kaduna were arrested and may be arraigned for violation of the order.