Pastor boasts that he can cure Ebola virus

Founder of Trinity House, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo,
Founder of Trinity House, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo,

A pastor has claimed that he has a cure for the wildfire Ebola virus. The Founder of Trinity House, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, has claimed
that he has found a solution to the deadly Ebola disease, which
has killed no fewer than 670 people and infected more than 1,000
in Africa.

Following the death in Lagos of a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who
flew in from his country to Nigeria last week, Ighodalo said he had
a “message of hope and faith” that would uncover the solution to
the highly infectious disease.

He said that God’s “anointing” and the “living words of Jesus,”
were all that are needed to cure the deadly disease,” adding that
mere laying of hands on those afflicted with the incurable Ebola
virus was all that was required to liberate them.

Ighodalo claimed that he was drawing inspiration from the late
Canadian–American Pentecostal pastor, John D. Lake, who,
according to him, cured those infected by the virus.

Writing on his official Facebook page, the clergyman, who is also
a chartered accountant, said that he could perform the same feat
as Lake who reportedly laid hands on some Africans infected by
the Ebola virus and healed them.

“Several years ago, the Ebola virus erupted in Africa, killing
thousands of people without restraint or cure. The medical world
was perplexed. A great man of God by the name John G. Lake
came to the rescue by laying hands on infected people who were
not to be touched.

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“With bare hands, cleaning secretion and curing every victim,
John. G. Lake along with his Holy Ghost filled team, brought to an
abrupt end to the spread of the deadly virus. The higher life that
put out Ebola in the days of John. G. Lake will do the same
through you in your day! At the name of Jesus, Ebola will bow out!
Stop the fear! Lake and team are long gone! But I am here, you are
here! We can save our world! We have the life of God in us!”
Ighodalo wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

Buttressing his claim that Ebola could be cured by the simple
laying of hands on the infected individuals, Ighodalo quoted from
portions of the Holy Bible.

According to him, if he and any member of his deliverance team
laid their hands on those infected with the virus, they would not
contract the disease.

“And if they drink any deadly thing (Ebola virus included) it shall
not hurt them, they shall lay hand on the sick (those already
infected) and they shall recover,” he said, paraphrasing a verse in
the Bible.

However, Ighodalo’s claim has attracted angry reactions from
Nigerians accusing him of misleading members of the public on
the dangers posed by the deadly virus.

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In the comments dropped on his Facebook page, Ighodalo was
accused of spreading misinformation and falsehood, which
according to them is capable of putting more Nigerians at risk of
contracting the virus.

An obviously enraged respondent, Oyenuga Lanre-Paul, described
Ighodalo’s cure to Ebola as a “suicidal prescription” adding that
the clergyman should immediately pull down the post from his
Facebook page.
Lanre-Paul challenged Ighodalo to embark on a “journey of
salvation” to Liberia, which is currently plagued with the virus and
test the efficacy of his cure.

He said, “Ighodalo has prescribed his solution to Ebola virus:
laying of hands in faith on those afflicted with the incurable virus!
He has, however, failed woefully by biblical standards, by not
personally walking his talk: he should demonstrate his faith!

“Let Ighodalo and his band of followers embark on their ‘journey of
salvation’ to Liberia and begin to cure by laying their hands on
those afflicted with this virus. This is certainly a sure deal for him
and his followers, as their success will earn them fame here on
earth and a pride of place in heaven.

“Until Ighodalo’s faith shows proof, may I request he pulls down
his post and stop teaching us this nonsense?”
Another Nigerian, Ruona Meyer, said Ighodalo should desist from
further endangering lives with his said Ebola cure.

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“Pastor Ituah! Do you know that this (Ebola outbreak) is so serious
that Liberia made it criminal to hide patients and refuse to report
Ebola cases? Why are you using your position to say what can
make others refuse to get the help they need? I am disappointed,”
she said.

Also, a self-employed businessman in Iboro, Ogun State,
Adegbenro Makinde warned that the cure being propagated by the
cleric was misleading and capable of sending gullible Nigerians to
early graves.
Makinde stated that though God is reputed to be “omnipotent and
omniscient,” He demands that human beings exercise their
discretion on issues as sensitive as the Ebola outbreak.

“Any human being that stretches his hand beyond his protective
range will not receive any direct help from the Light. Jesus never
jumped from the cliff even with His authority and power over
death,” he said, warning Nigerians to be wary of Ighodalo’s Ebola
cure.