Normally, when a story involves a rich Nigerian person sending money, you can safely ignore it. But in the case of millionaire preacher Temitope (T.B.) Joshua (below), his efforts to curb Ebola are completely misguided and it’s important to understand why:
To help the West African country [of Sierra Leone] fight the escalating Ebola crisis… Joshua says he has sent the Sierra Leone government 4,000 bottles of his patented holy anointed water and $50,000 in cash in a private jet, which also cost $50,000 to charter.
So he spent $100,000 to deliver $50,000… for the purpose of… well, I have no idea. Cash is great, but paper currency itself doesn’t cure anything, and there’s no telling if the money is being donated somewhere useful. Still, at worst, it’s just a waste.
This isn’t just ineffective, it’s harmful. It’s possible that people suffering from the disease — who need to be quarantined and given whatever scientific treatment options are available — could “anoint” themselves with the water, wrongly think they’re cured, and then go out in public again, spreading the virus even further.
I never thought I’d say this, but Joshua would be doing more for Ebola patients by praying for them, only because it would have no effect on them whatsoever.