Guest post: Stop the ”Witch Slapping” Bishop Oyedepo from Preaching in London

Guest post by Leo Igwe

UK authorities should take measures to stop controversial Nigerian pastor, David Oyedepo, from bringing his witch hunting ministry to Europe. Oyedepo with his Pentecostal church the Winners Chapel and his own fleet of private jets is reputedly the richest pastor in Nigeria. Oyedepo is scheduled to preach at the European Winners Convention to be held in London in August. There are numerous reasons why the UK authorities should not allow him to feature at this event. Here are just a few.

Not too long ago, Bishop Oyedepo assaulted a girl at one of his ministration events in Nigeria. He accused the girl of being a witch. But the girl denied this saying she was a ‘witch for Jesus’. And in reaction, Bishop Oyedepo slapped her. Oyedepo is not alone in the business of witch hunting and child abuse. Many branches of his Winners Chapel are involved in this violent campaign.

In August last year, a branch of Winners Chapel was one of the Pentecostal churches which the President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, ordered to have closed down due to ‘criminal practices’. According to a CNN report, a 9 year old girl collapsed and died during a prayer session at the Winners Chapel branch in Bamenda, Cameroon. The pastor accused the girl of being possessed by numerous demons and whilst he was ‘casting out’ the demons the girl fainted and died.

Pentecostal pastors like David Oyedepo are engaged in an effort to spread their ministry to Europe. They are re-exporting an Africanized Christianity with an emphasis on demon possession, exorcism and witch hunting. They are targeting African immigrant communities. Some of these churches already have established branches in many European countries. The harmful effects of their violent brand of Christianity are already being seen in many parts of Europe. European authorities must not allow the situation to worsen .

There is strong evidence of the links between cases of witchcraft related abuse of children and the activities of Pentecostal churches in Black communities in the UK. It is most distressing that Pentecostal churches have been allowed to spread this gospel of hate and incitement in Britain.

It has to stop

Preventing ‘witch slapping’ Bishop Oyedepo from preaching at the European Winners Convention is not, as some may claim, an act of racism. It is not an infringement on his right to freedom of religion but an essential step in combatting abuse in the name of religion and to helping bring an end to witch hunting in Africa and in the black communities world wide.

I urge the UK authorities to deny entry to ”child-assaulting” Bishop Oyedepo. He must not be granted an entry visa. He must not minister at the European Winners Convention in August. By denying him entry, the British government will be sending a very strong message to all African witch hunting pastors and churches, that they are not welcome in this country. It will help to shine a light on the dangers of these violent campaigns in Africa and within the European black communities.

UK authorities should closely monitor the activities of the branches of Winners Chapel and ensure that the criminal goings on at some of the branches in Africa are not tolerated in this country.

All non-governmental organisations and concerned individuals should register their support for the campaign against witch hunting and related atrocities by sending letters to the Home Office urging the Ministers not to allow Bishop Oyedepo into the country for this convention. If Muslim clerics who make hateful and inciteful speeches are not allowed entry into the UK then surely child abusing witch exorcizing pastors like David Oyedepo should also not be allowed in. Witch hunting must stop. Witch hunting pastors and churches must be stopped.

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  1. quixote says

    “an infringement on his right to freedom of religion” People who could think that remind of the perfect cartoon in this week’s issue of the New Yorker. (No way to link, sadly.) It shows an Aztec priest about to sacrifice a shocked-looking guy who’s being held down by two acolytes. The priest is saying, “Look, it’s not personal – it’s religious.”

  2. Blanche Quizno says

    Christians never give up trying to return the world to the Dark Ages. The odd twist is when their ignorant, Third-World marks decide they’re going to turn the tables and school their colonial masters!

  3. sc_770d159609e0f8deaa72849e3731a29d says

    We’ve also got the prospect of a visit from another miracle-worker, Morris Cerullo, who people want to ban too.
    Perhaps a solution, which would preserve their right to “freedom of religion” would be to insist that they both speak in the same place at the same time.
    Incidentally, as Bishop Oyedepo doesn’t believe in “freedom of religion” for alleged witches, why should he have it?

  4. says

    He may be facing a dilemma: having slapped a planted confederate that was in the audience, he can’t avoid criticism by saying “it was just an act” because that’d reveal too much about his methods.

  5. says

    Ophelia. Thanks for Leo’s post. We kept that murderess Helen Ukpabio out of the U.S. last year when he posted. I hope there is sufficient comments to the immigration authorities where this ignorant liar is speaking to prevent him from doing so. Ignorance is not bliss. Ignorance is a life shortened by superstition.

  6. says

    Yes, preachers who incite genuine witch hunts – I mean genuine witch hunts, where people believe children or woman are actually literal witches – are a clear and present danger.

  7. fire says

    FIREWOOD- It takes the oil of gladness to offer acceptable praise in the annual covention, The flea troubles him who has got it in his ear. You cannot hate your brothers and call on the Holy Spirit. My friends whatever Christ has paid for that is still lacking in your life, I decree your turnaround in Jesus mighty name! You cannot be calling on God and wish your bothers evil. A buddha made of mud crossing a river cannot protect even himself.”Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholdsWe demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. The LORD said to me, I will make my words in your mouth a fire and these people the wood it consumes..

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