Ebola: Primate cautions on false claims by clerics

The Primate of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Revd Nicholas Okoh, on Tuesday advised Nigerians to be wary of clerics claiming to have spiritual healing for the deadly Ebola virus.

Okoh said this in Abuja on the sideline of the 2014 Conference of Chancellors, Registrars, and Legal Officers of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion).

The primate advised persons infected with the virus not to waste time and to seek out medical attention from the appropriate authorities.

He said: “God can cure anything, but that is not to say people should go to the church to get the cure for Ebola because Ebola has just arrived. Nobody had encountered it in this area before.

“So, whatever claims anybody is making should be taken with a pinch of salt because we’ve never seen it before. [Ebola] is something devastating and time is of the essence. If you lose time, you lose lives.”

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