Conman sends ‘holy’ water to fight Ebola
Last month a government official in Lagos state, Nigeria, issued a stern warning: pastors and faith healers claiming to have a ‘cure’ for Ebola could face jail time.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba, said:
Only medical solutions are known to be appropriate for the disease.
This warning was undoubtedly issued to protect people within Nigeria from charlatans, so we guess one of the most notorious conmen in the country, televangelist T B Josua, above, felt safe to offer 4,000 bottles of “holy” water to Sierra Leone, claiming his “anointed water” would cure Ebola.
Joshua, according to this report, is leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which runs a Christian television station seen across the African continent called Emmanuel TV.
His followers call him a prophet, and Joshua has a large and dedicated following of true believers. In fact, with over 1.2 million likes as a public figure on Facebook and 107,000 followers on Twitter, labeling the pastor as ‘popular’ is a drastic understatement.
Joe Fayia Nyuma, representing the Sierra Leone High Commission to Nigeria claims that the request for anointed water came straight from the President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma himself. Joshua responded by sending a $50,000 donation, 4,000 bottles of anointed water on a chartered jet, costing an additional $50,000.
Nyuma claims that the anointed water will be used to:
Curb the deadly Ebola yoke that is about to destroy our nation.
The author of the blog posting added:
While we at T B Joshua Watch fully believe in the healing power of God, we do not believe that he operates like a vending machine, dispensing healing at the puff of a spray.
The anointed water is completely unbiblical and idolatrous, and in a case like this will only hamper the efforts of brave health workers battling this disease. The World Health Organization reports that so far 170 health workers have contracted the virus and 80 have died.
Meanwhile, TB Joshua uses the crisis to promote his anointed water and brag about how much money he spent on a private jet.
Of course it is possible that SCOAN have made all this up and that Joe Fayia Nyuma was not acting on behalf of his government. If this is the case, it is imperative that the authorities in Sierra Leone clearly distance themselves from this stunt.
(Update: the website for the Office of the President have announced TB Joshua’s monetary donation, but no mention of the anointed water).
We hope it is only a matter of time before the Nigerian government takes decisive action against this dangerous con artist.