The Nigerian preacher, Apostle Johnson Suleman, has publicly apologized for the statement he uttered in a viral video a couple of days ago.
He stated that his statement was an error; at the time, he bragged that COVID-19 should not end because he was prospering and has been able to buy his third private jet.
In a video that went viral last week, Suleman while preaching at a church programme recanted his statement. Here is what the preacher said two Sundays ago in his church service;
“In COVID (pandemic) I bought a jet; the third one. I have three.
”I was praying for COVID-19 not to end because I was resting.
”While people were complaining. My wife asked, ‘Can life be this sweet?’ Am I talking to somebody here?”a
His statement raised eyebrows and also drew criticisms from Nigerians who condemned him for being excited about the pandemic that had crippled the economic lives of many, including the people who attend his church.
Reacting to the criticism, the clergyman while preaching in his church on Sunday, February 21, said the video of him making the statement was edited by a fellow pastor who is an enemy of his.
Here is what he said;
“There’s a video that is trending about me. It was posted by a pastor against me.”
He continued; “It was a programme I had in Abuja and I was trying to explain something about COVID-19. When they told me that I prayed for COVID-19 not to end, I said ‘me? I didn’t say that.”
Thereafter, Apostle Suleman went on to claim that the statement slipped from his mouth and it was also not intentional.
“When they brought the video, I discovered it slipped out of my mouth.”
“There’s no pastor that will pray for COVID not to end. It doesn’t make sense.
”I was talking about what happens around COVID, how families were staying together, how families united, how some people even made money during that process. That was what I was trying to buttress and it slipped out of my mouth. I could not have prayed for COVID not to end. No pastor would do that. But he (the pastor) took that mistake, edited some part and blew it,” he said.
Further, Apostle went on to make comments about his three private jets.
The clergyman added that those who are angry that he bought a third private jet will just die.
“If you are angry I mentioned three jets, you go just die. That’s the truth,” he said.
Watch the video in link below.