Former Nigeria defender Taribo West who is now a Pastor now has debunked a rumour which was widely published online on Thursday but started from smithrise.com, saying he had died at 50 at a South African hospital. According to him, he was earlier attacked spiritually and had a feeling another evil thing was going to come up. While speaking in a short interview about the rumour, Taribo said he is alive and fine and the news came to him while he was mediating on a sermon. He also said he received calls from all over the world, stating that he had never received calls that much before in his life.
“I received calls telling me to check Facebook about news of my death. I saw reports of my death and people were commenting. I just laughed. I’ve never received such number of calls all my life. From
US, UK, all over the world,” the Atlanta ’96 Olympics gold medallist said. Continue...
He added that he had a premonition that something ‘evil’ was going to happen, after a spiritual attack.
Taribo said, “It’s the handwork of the devil; they struck but they couldn’t get me. Last week, I had a revelation, in which I was heavily attacked but they couldn’t get me. They also tried it in the physical but they didn’t succeed. So, when they couldn’t kill me, they resorted to the rumour of my death. It wasn’t an ordinary thing. But when they can’t get you, they must join you in celebrating with you. That’s what’s happening now.”
He also said he is relieved and happy after God used the news to reunite him with old friends and acquaintances.
“All the people I had lost contact with were calling, thinking I had kicked the bucket. But it helped me in reuniting with these people. That’s God’s work, when the devil means evil for you, God turns it to good for His children. I didn’t travel. I only went to the American Embassy last Tuesday; I never travelled after that,” Taribo said.
Below is what the news medium wrote initially;
Headline: ‘Former Nigerian Defender Taribo West Dies in South Africa.’
“The former defender of Nigeria Super Eagles who is now a pastor and founder of Shelter in The Storm Miracle Ministries of All Nations has died in South Africa early morning of Tuesday, South Africa Radio reports.
“He passed on at 42. According to the reports, West was flown into South Africa for medical treatment but did not state what he was diagnosed of. His body has since been sent for autopsy. He is best remembered for his various unusual and colourful hairstyles,” smithrise.com reported.
Another one, Nigerian website gongnews.com also puts its headline as: ‘Another tragedy: Taribo West dies at 50’.
Thank God for his life.