I have always admired Pastor T.B Joshua for one thing and one thing alone. His mad PR skills. So if he wakes up one morning and decides to tell the world, and organizations like the WHO (World Health Organization) that Ebola is “…a spiritual problem caused by the worlds forgetfulness of God…”, or some other random reason like that, i don’t sweat it. The man has got leverage.
He comfortably went against the warnings of Lagos state’s commissioner of health Jide Idris, who warned that fraudsters in the form of religious leaders peddling rumors of healing would be dealt with. But I guess that doesn’t go for Pastor T.B Joshua.
I mean look at the millions of followers from different countries of the world. The tons and tons of video recordings on a daily basis showing live exorcisms, spirituals deliverances and even ‘white folks’ who have seen the light and come for deliverance is sufficient for the miracle seeking Nigerian.
Mind you, we are a miracle seeking country. We just are. That’s why we can dream of winning the World Cup any year God says so without making adequate preparation, that’s why we can pray for our corrupt leaders to change, or that God touches the hearts of men like Abubakar Shekau to release the kidnapped girls after over a hundred days.
That’s why we celebrated at Abacha’s death, and afterwards mourned him, that why were so eager for dying Yar’Adua to hand over power and still celebrate men like Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB). Most recently disturbing, this same attitude is why we tolerate men like Asari Dokubo and read articles from the likes of Femi Fani Kayode. We do not look to the future, and we don’t intend to learn from the past either. We want it to just happen, and we want everything to be alright. The popular concept is more like, if President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is not doing well, let him go, if the next person is not doing well, let him go too and if the one that follows isn’t doing well, let him die.
But regardless of what we want or don’t want, what we may get if Nigerians and neighboring countries (as they have always done) take Pastor TB Joshua serious, we are looking at a logistical nightmare, a condition only rivaled by Max Brooks and Marc Fosters ‘World War Z’.
I don’t know if Pastor T.B Joshua can cure Ebola, and frankly speaking, i don’t care. What i know is that a majority of Nigerians living in Nigeria have become a gullible lot, what i know is that despite all medical evidence to the contrary, millions of Nigerians took their baths with salt water on a Friday morning and over 20 people were said to have gone into critical conditions all because of a prank. What i know is that the price of Namijin goro (bitter kola) is still on the rise as i write this.
So with this knowledge, what comes to mind is infected Ebola victims entering Molues which drive past places like the Lagos State Teaching Hospital on their way to seek T.B Joshua for deliverance, mingling with a thousand others and afterwards heading home to live with, and share the same bathrooms, toilets and kitchens with their neighbors. Like i said its World War Z standards.
I also know that i’m not going to press any blame on T.B Joshua over his brilliant analysis of the situation and action afterwards. He passed where the government institutions failed. He saw the time for what it was, a time when followers required instant explanation and action from their leaders. I’m also not going to blame CNN for marking Nigeria as a ‘red zone’ on the Ebola radar; i think it serves as a form of forecast of the possible eventuality.
Also, our doctors can remain in strike, i mean, if i was a doctor in Nigeria the safer thing to do would be to stay at home and ‘pray’ wouldn’t it. Well i’m not, and that’s why I’m going to say this to those who are still praying against the virus and more disturbing, those now drinking the ‘special’ water allegedly prepared and being distributed by the SCOAN.
“…prayer is not going to get rid of Ebola, treatment and containment will…”