Amid rising concerns about the emergence of a third surge in coronavirus cases as the country struggles to get the second dose of Covid-19 vaccines, footage of an overcrowded church service at the Fantasy Dome, Accra has surfaced online.
The church service which was organised by the Christ Embassy Church, dubbed “Pneumatica Night 2021” saw thousands of congregants in attendance.
Photos and videos from the event showed people worshipping without face masks and the seating arrangement was not in accordance with state-directed social distancing protocols.
According to some church members, it was a night filled with miracles and wonders from God, as those who had come with various ailments received their divine healing.
I entered my favourite month with a dramatic God. Thank you Lord for #pneumaticanight 😭😭❤❤❤— Leanne✨👸 (@leanndramarie2) May 1, 2021
A HOLY GHOST FILLED JESUS GENERATION!!! 🔥🔥🔥— Dr. Solomon Kharis 🦅 🕎 👑 (@mey3_nHyiRa) May 1, 2021
A night of infallible proofs of the gospel!
A BIG WIN FOR GOD! pic.twitter.com/THzNzZ4owd
If you attended pneumatica or streamed online and nothing miraculous happened in your life. Then there’s a question mark somewhere!!!!!! #pneumaticanight— Stephanie Nunana ♥︎ (@_nunana___) May 1, 2021
These medical names ehh – where do doctors get the names from that they give to sickness…— IamDivinityDivineM💯 (@stdebbie) May 1, 2021
Anyway, there is a name above all these names and it’s beautiful – JESUS!!!! 🙌🙌#pneumaticanight
So at a gathering where cancer was healed, cripples walked and many other miracles happened,all you were concerned of is Covid and its protocols?— Anthony KinG (@APhendiler) May 1, 2021
Look I know you doubt the supernatural but e do aa,think big kakra😂😂😂
Shout Glorryyyy 🎉🎉🎉#pneumaticanight
However, not everyone has expressed the same elation as the congregants.
According to some social media users, the non-adherence to Covid-19 protocols could lead to a dreadful spike in coronavirus positive cases just as in India.
I no wun see kwadwo sheldon den in #pneumaticanight people dey bash people/govt on this covid matter. No bro wear nose mask. If people dem dey club at night no dey wear aaa, Christians you dey love God for wear. You can’t be loving God and b putting your neighbors life at risk.— Dinero (@Nofeelings_yo) May 1, 2021
No social distancing ! No mask ! at the Christ Embassy event last Friday Night at the Fantasy Dome “Pneumatica Night 2021” in Accra— ama Oware (@AmaOwareF) May 2, 2021
When we are in the middle of COVID-19! Why are other gatherings banned but this is happening? I can’t believe my eyes ! pic.twitter.com/svPbdxfFSV
Christ Embassy in Ghana organized this yesterday, at a time when we are calling for prayers for India. Your founder doesn’t believe in Covid but he won’t mingle so he contracts the virus, he pushes you to go and smell it. We can’t allow a Jim Jones to take lives. pic.twitter.com/6PNY2dLmyH— PrampramFisherman (@AnnyOsabutey) May 2, 2021
In the midst of a pandemic, Ghana’s authorities allowed a church (Christ Embassy) to organize an event that brought together over 30,000 young people under one big umbrella. 😳😳😳 pic.twitter.com/3GPdFRGqKS— Dean Professor Dr. Zeus. PhD, Mphil, Msc, B.A (@dada_ba_Unusual) May 2, 2021
You see the Christ embassy issue? We’ll record new COVID-19 cases. Government go take the heat. I am tired.— Yaw A. Abban (@YAbbanx) May 2, 2021
The non-adherence to Covid-19 protocols comes as no surprise from the Christ Embassy Church as its founder is an anti-vaxxer and a strong critic of the Covid-19 vaccines.
During one of his televised sermons, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome claimed that the virus was planned and created by the deep state, and vaccines were a sinister ruse to administer nanochips to control people.
He also advised his congregants not to get vaccinated.
The organisation of his programme in Accra has left many worried with some calling on government and the necessary state agencies to call the leadership of the church to order.
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