An Ethiopian man claiming to be a prophet capable of resurrecting the dead has reportedly been arrested after he failed to “bring back a dead man back to life”.
According to BBC, health worker and self-proclaimed prophet, Getayawkal Ayele approached the grieving family of the deceased Belay Biftu, in the small western town of Galilee, in the Oromia region.
Ayele allegedly told the family that he could raise Biftu – who had already been buried – from the dead, just like the biblical resurrection story of Lazarus who was brought back from the dead by Jesus.
The family agreed to dig up the body of Biftu.
The filmed incident showed Ayele lying on top of Biftu’s body inside the grave and yelling “Belay, wake up”.
Police had to intervene when the observing family members started attacking Ayele after he failed to revive him.
Ayele was reportedly arrested.
Abusing dead bodies is a crime under Ethiopian law, the report said.
Here are some of the reaction below on social media.
Talk about a messiah complex. Ethiopian ‘prophet’ arrested after trying to resurrect corpse – BBC News https://t.co/4iQyN7CX3M
— Judith Aarons (@JudithAarons) 22 July 2018
Walahi, something is wrong with us in this Africa. Hahahahahahaha:
Ethiopian ‘prophet’ arrested after trying to resurrect corpse – https://t.co/eYz3uyJtrz
— AbdulKadir Bello (@akbello) 22 July 2018
Oh come on. Resurrection’s not easy. Give him one more shot. #ResurrectionsNotEasy
Ethiopian ‘prophet’ arrested after trying to resurrect corpse – BBC News US https://t.co/PJsRUL6KCy
— Larry Charles (@larrycharlesism) 21 July 2018
“Ethiopian ‘prophet’ arrested after trying to resurrect corpse”
Ugh I hate when I’m trying to resurrect people and it just doesn’t WORK https://t.co/kJF8ZNARX2
— BSizzlefosho (@bsizzlefosho) 21 July 2018
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