Having been advised by Nigerian authorities not to invite sufferers of the Ebola virus disease to his famous healing sessions, controversial Nigerian preacher and healer prophet T B Joshua apparently cannot watch idly by when he feels there’s something he can do to help the afflicted as this report by Ihechukwu Njoku a Nigerian freelance journalist indicates…
Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua announced in his service today that 4,000 bottles of his ‘Anointing Water’ had reached Sierra Leone and were received by ‘government officials’, to spiritually fortify the country in their fight against the deadly disease, Ebola.
According to the outspoken pastor, a private jet was chartered to the tune of $50,000 to convey the spiritual items to the Ebola-stricken nation yesterday. An additional $50,000was also given in humanitarian aid to the victims of the disease, courtesy of Joshua and his ‘Emmanuel TV Partners’.
Before ministering to foreign visitors at his ‘prayer line’ service, Joshua then gave a stern warning to Nigeria about the way the Ebola crisis was being handled.
“Ebola is not Nigeria’s challenge,”he began.“Our challenge is insecurity. It is a strange ailment. That someone from another country for an ECOWAS meeting and died of Ebola does not mean Nigeria is not safe,”he stated, adding that fear-mongering in the media was only making matters worse.
“To the extent we talk bad about Nigeria, to that same extent our name is destroyed,”the cleric defiantly continued, bemoaning the name Nigeria was being given in the international community because of the news projected.
“This is a country under repair because of what Boko Haram has done to the nation. Don’t damage it more. This nation is safe. If there is any challenge, we have what it takes to surmount it,”he stated, calling on Nigerians to learn from the way Ghana protected the name of their nation. He added that two deaths recorded in the most populated African country from Ebola did not merit a state of emergency as announced by President Good luck Jonathan.“All of this is propaganda,”Joshua angrily stated.
“When a little thing happens, you exaggerate it because you are looking for funds. How much can the international community give to us that can redeem the name Nigeria we are soiling? A beggar always remains a beggar. Africa, stop begging – you have what it takes to solve your problems.”
Joshua further decried the news that some African nations had closed their borders to the countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, stating that it negated the premise of African unity.
“What is the meaning of African unity? The wound of an African is the wound of all Africans. The wound of one is the wound of all. A nation that stands to solve the problem of other nations will become successful,”he added.
“We should rise up and see the wound of others as our wound. Stand up to the occasion and help instead of closing your borders against your African brothers.”
Joshua concluded that giving citizens proper education about the disease was important but the spread of the disease should not be maliciously exaggerated.
“That does not mean you should use it to destroy the name of Nigeria as if it is here. It’s not! Protection and prevention – that should be our assignment in Nigeria,”he said.
The fear of Ebola did not seem to deter foreigners flocking to The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) as nearly 2,000visitors arrived in Nigeria this week alone to worship at the international church. According to Joshua, the ‘Anointing Water’, has been anointed by God to bring healing and deliverance to people. His website boasts a large amount of testimonials from people who have ministered the water and received healing from a vast array of ailments
By Ihechukwu Njoku a freelance journalist
The African Eye