SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 31 – The United States of America on Friday, denied rumours that it refused to issue visa to renowned preacher and Founder of the Living Faith Church, Bishop David Oyedepo.
Reports had emerged on Friday morning that the embassy denied Oyedepo visa because the Bishop did not qualify for a visa renewal after its assessment.
However, reacting, the United States embassy in its official Twitter page, @USEmbassyAbuja, described the reports as ‘false’.
” #FalseNews Alert! Be advised, the reports making the rounds about a visa being denied to Nigerian Bishop Oyedepo are false. If you have seen this manufactured item in the media, help defeat this #misinformation by communicating to everyone that it is completely false,” the embassy tweeted on Friday afternoon, sparking a wave of conversation on Twitter.
Meanwhile, the Winners Chapel has corroborated the position of the US embassy, debunking rumours that the popular clergyman was denied visa.
But in a statement on Friday, Chairman, Editorial and Media Board of Winners, Prof. Sheriff Folarin, debunked the report.
According to him, the Bishop was at no time denied an entry visa into the US.
He also explained that Oyedepo was not at the US Embassy on Thursday.
He said, “Mainstream and online media spaces this morning (Friday) were abuzz with the news that Bishop David Oyedepo was denied an entry visa to the United States on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
“We wish to put it on record and categorically submit that this piece of information is not true. At no time was the Bishop denied a visa, nor did he create a scene at the US consulate in Lagos, as purported by some mainstream and online newspapers.
“The Bishop renewed his visa, last year, without any initial denial or drama, or scene. The Bishop was not at the Embassy or Consulate yesterday or even anytime this year. Bishop has been in Canaanland all this week. The last time he applied for a visa, which was last year, he was issued without delay.”
He also explained that the US Embassy had denied the reports, urging journalists to verify their facts before publishing.
He added, “We have contacted the US Embassy and they are as surprised as we are about this FAKE NEWS, which some media houses decided to spread.
“We encourage the Nigerian media to always follow the line of due diligence before rushing to press and try to at least reach the church from time to time, whenever items try to pass through the rumour mill. Professionalism and wisdom require this so as to maintain integrity and make the media trusted in society, particularly in this age that fake news has become the news.
“Bishop Oyedepo is a good friend of the US government and has a very good relationship with US Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria. He is a social entrepreneur, who has touched so many lives in Nigeria, Africa, United States and all around the world.”