According to The Nation, the prophet said he got a revelation that God was in their midst and that if the woman, who is laying critically ill in the hospital, was set ablaze, she would not suffer burns.
The woman, who joined the church a month ago, explained: “Our prophet said the spirit of God whispered to him that I would not burn if he sets me on fire. When I came out, they poured kerosene on my body and set me ablaze. But, unfortunately, I was burnt beyond recognition and before the other church members could get water, the deed had already been done.”
On why he carried out the experiment, the unnamed cleric insisted that he heard a voice which asked him to light up a member to prove God’s presence in their midst.
He said: “I heard the voice clearly, but I don’t know what happened after we set fire on her. God has been speaking to me since and it has been working, so I wonder why now.”
Since the incident occurred, some members of the denomination have left the church, stating that they now doubt their leader’s credibility. “We cannot worship here again, who knows who the spirit will ask him to burn next,” one of them said.
Irene Ohekina, a resident of the area, said: “I don’t pity her; she was the one who allowed herself to be deceived by the prophet. Why did the prophet not try the fire on himself or any of his family member?” while another, identified as Nkechi, noted that for the prophet to have given such instruction, it must have come from God, adding “I believe it’s the sins of the victim that made her burn, the prophet of God could not have lied.”
Daniel Ayodele, another witness to the unfortunate mishap, said: “This whole thing is funny, when the pastor said the woman should be set on fire, why did she not refuse or was she scared to disobey the prophet. Now, she is writhing in pains on the hospital bed and I am sure the prophet is elsewhere enjoying himself.”