Pastor Chris Oyakhilome blasts Buhari govt

A communications regulator in the United Kingdom, Ofcom, has sanctioned Pastor Chris Oyakhilome the Founder and General Overseer of LoveWorld Television Ministry for breaching the country’s broadcasting code by disseminating misinformation on COVID-19.

According to reports, Pastor Chris was fined a whopping sum of £125,000 (N65.6m) as contained in a statement issued by the agency on Wednesday.

COVID-19: UK Fines Oyakhilome’s Channel N65.6m Over COVID-19 Sermon

Eye9ja findings revealed that the agency, said this will be the second time in a row that the channel will be warned for misinformation passed on COVID-19 pandemics protocols and guidelines.

The statement partly read, “Today we have fined Loveworld £125,000 for this breach of the broadcasting code. This was the second time in a year that the broadcaster breached our rules on accuracy in news and harm in its coverage of the coronavirus.”

On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, reported that Oyakhilome criticised fellow pastors who are telling their church members to go ahead and take a jab of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Recall that on December 1 2020, Loveworld aired a 29-hour programme called the Global Day of Prayer, during which claims were made about the COVID-19.

The communication agency said these claims included the notion that the outbreak was ‘planned’, that the ‘sinister’ vaccine can be used to implant ‘nanochips’ that can control and cause harm to members of the public and the debunked theory that the virus was somehow caused by 5G.

The agency, however, said it was unfortunate that the station could continue to spread such information despite previous warnings.

“Ofcom stresses that legitimate debate about the official response to the coronavirus pandemic is fundamental to holding public authorities to account during a global health crisis - particularly when public freedoms are curtailed and complex policy decisions are being taken.

“However, the inaccurate and potentially harmful claims made during this programme were unsupported by any factual evidence and went entirely without challenge. Ofcom was particularly concerned that this breach followed previous, similar breaches in 2020 during the investigation of which, Loveworld Limited gave Ofcom a number of assurances as to how it would improve its compliance procedures.”

Oyakhilome, who heads Christ Embassy church headquartered in Lagos with operations in several countries across the world, including South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom, has in the last one year encouraged his members to ignore COVID-19 protocols.

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