The Church dismissed the reports, saying the video was shot in 2015, when Boko Haram was bombing Churches
In the viral video, Oyedepo was seen telling his members to kill any Jihadist trying to bomb his Church and spill his blood.
The founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide also rained cursed all those sponsoring the killing of Christians in the North.
According to Premium Times, the Church dismissed the reports, saying
the video was shot in 2015, when Boko Haram was bombing Churches.
Speaking further, the Chairman of the Church’s Editorial & Media Board, Sheriff F. Folarin, in a statement, said “Our attention has been drawn to a salacious piece of fake news in mainstream and social media platforms, that Bishop David Oyedepo,
Founder and President of Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners’ Chapel
International) charged Christians to take up arms and attack Muslims in
the recent Kaduna killings and that if religious and ethnic injustice
could not be addressed, Nigeria could as well break up.
“The fake news item, which has been trending online for a couple
of days, is supposed to be a report depicting the Bishop reacting to the
hostilities between Christians and Muslims in southern Kaduna in which
unnumbered persons, mostly Christians have been killed.
“In this report, Bishop Oyedepo
purportedly called out and berated the politicians who were
fun-watching while the carnage went on or fanning the embers of the
violence, and supposedly noted that there was no basis for Nigeria’s
“For instance, in the online version of one of the popular
Nigerian newspapers (Vanguard of January 12, 2017 reported by one
Anthony Ogbonna), the Bishop was quoted as saying: “God has anointed me
to lead a revolution against the Islamic jihadists” The Bishop is
presented to have made very provocative and inciting comments to his
congregation, declaring a counter-war against the Fulani and fanatics in
the recent Kaduna crisis.
“The report is false. The video from which the quotes were taken
is a 2015 video at a Sunday service in the heat of the Boko Haram
crisis, when churches, including our Northern assemblies were under
frequent attacks. This was before the present administration took
office. The message bears no relevance to today’s happenings; not even
developments of 2016. The reporter(s), either being completely
unprofessional, lazy or simply wicked, made the 2015 message look like a
2017 church service message. The trending video is NOT a 2016 or 2017
“To this end, we can unequivocally and authoritatively say that
this quote, the report and other similar reports do not fit the context
of the Kaduna crisis or any developments whatsoever in the last one
“The reports are therefore fake, unbelievably and maliciously
fabricated and outright lies. They are tweaked, baseless, and
has not said, either in private or public, anything related to the Southern Kaduna killings: not now, not hitherto. If there has been
anything done, it has been prayer for peace and unity of Nigeria. The
intent of the original author(s) or fabricators is best known to them