The loss of life of a person from the flames lit by candles and perfumes throughout a prayer session prompted a warning from one among Nigeria’s largest church buildings.
The Heavenly Church of Christ, whose members put on one-piece white clothes and attend companies barefoot, is well-liked in western Nigeria, however has branches throughout the nation and overseas.
Kayode Badru had prayed with lighted candles throughout a non-public session organized for him on the church in Lagos final Monday when the incident occurred.
The elders of the church had prayed for Mr. Badru and it’s believed that the priest who was main the session then sprayed him with fragrance, which was lit by a candle close by.
The flames rapidly engulfed Mr. Badru who was carrying the white church garment, often created from flammable materials similar to cotton or silk.
He died in hospital Thursday from the burns he suffered.
Imolemitan Ojo, a senior pastor on the church, advised BBC Pidgin that the priest main the prayer session and some different elders current have been arrested by police.
Prayers within the church are often carried out with lighted candles and perfumes, symbolizing gentle and a very good aura.
Members often get hold of their very own fragrance which they convey to companies, but it surely may also be bought in church buildings.
Perfumes usually are not meant to be sprayed excessively and members are suggested to dilute them with water. It’s not recognized if this was carried out with Mr. Badru.
A statement released by the church reminded members that “religious perfumes meant to be vaporized, sprinkled or poured with a lighted candle have to be diluted with water”.
“Spraying or pouring undiluted religious perfumes in its unstable state with a lighted candle is an imported tradition that was not initially a part of the rules of the Heavenly Church of Christ,” the assertion mentioned.
Mr Badru, a rich Nigerian residing in Dubai, is alleged to have visited the church, of which he’s a member, for a thanksgiving ceremony.
A report says he was in Nigeria for the commencement ceremony of 40 individuals he sponsored to attend an artwork and know-how academy.
Based in 1947 by Rev. Samuel Biléhou Oshoffa in Porto-Novo, Benin, the Heavenly Church of Christ says it now has branches everywhere in the world.