Pastor Ituah must have thought he was on the pulpit. That's the only conceivable reason that he typed this not-so-well thought out piece and posted it on social media. This brilliant man must have slipped in his thinking, he must have forgotten that the internet is filled with a multitude/myriad/spectrum/cocktail of people unlike his congregation where he probably has the usual Nigerian religious zealots who feed on the every words of their pastors like people eating unpicked beans; no questions asked, no room for thoughts, rationalization or analysis. Swallow it all hook, line and sinker. Pastor Ituah Ighodalo greatly misjudged.
I've read comments on his wall and on various blogs, and comments from a few bloggers as well. Myne Whitman spoke for many when she said "It is my opinion that Pastor Ituah Ighodalo should be
arrested and quarantined on public health grounds for trying to escalate the transmission of Ebola." and her indignation as well as that of many Nigerians is very understandable.
It was a very misleading and potentially dangerous message he put across.
However, I made a few observations I just must point out. Pastor Ituah has actually done nothing wrong. I believe that he was speaking to 'Believers' and not to the general public. I also believe that his post was a message of faith and hope. I see no wrong because as a Christian he spoke in line with the tenets of the Bible. The Bible teaches that with faith we can move mountains. It teaches that once you believe you can do the supernatural (see for instance the scripture he quoted). Based on this, I find no fault with the message contained in the post that Pastor Ituah is sending across to Believers.
He has neither said that the virus is fictitious nor that we should run in search of Ebola because we're invincible beings and can never be affected or afflicted. All he has tried to do is spread the word of God which is what he is mandated to do. Unfortunately, this otherwise brilliant man did not lend much thought to his message which is evident in his statement; "Let this message of hope and faith go viral and the Ebola viral spread will stop!" That was careless and utterly ignorant, but oh, with the kind of congregation we have in this country who can possibly blame him. Religion has robbed many of the free gift of thought, so much so that we've come to believe that whatever is spat from the mouth of a 'Man of God' is the unquestionable truth irrespective of how irrational it may be.
Pastor Ituah's message is one of faith and hope. Yes, he got carried away with circumlocution and unconsciously slipped into the superfluous manner of speaking most 'Men of God' are wont to adopt. He got carried away and for a moment or two forgot that this was not a message from the pulpit. Yet, are we to cut off the arm because the finger is sore? Are we to throw the baby away with the bath water? I think not. Take what you can and move on is all I'll say. The man's intentions (to the best of my knowledge) were just.