Nigerian Prophet TB Joshua was ‘trending’ on Twitter throughout Friday 27th March 2020 as netizens debated the veracity of his prophecy regarding the impending end of the deadly coronavirus.
A video from Sunday 1st March 2020, in which Joshua is seen declaring March 27th 2020 would signal the end of coronavirus was widely shared online, stirring controversy and heated discussions.
In a broadcast released today on Emmanuel TV, the cleric again insisted the “coronavirus is fading away” before encouraging viewers to hold fast to their faith.
Merely hours later, a team of experts from the prestigious University of Oxford in United Kingdom announced that they had discovered a vaccine for the deadly virus and would begin human testing on volunteers in the coming days.
Despite the scepticism expressed by online commentators, other significant events around the world throughout the course of Friday suggest that Joshua’s words indeed carried weight.
On the cusp of a medical breakthrough, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced that the first patients enrolled in its ‘Solidarity Trial’, which will officially examine potential treatment options for Covid-19.
“This is a historic trial which will dramatically cut the time needed to generate robust evidence about what drugs work,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
In addition, statistics showed that the rate of the virus’ spread in Italy has started to steadily diminish, with more than 900 declared recovered on Friday alone – sparking celebration from health officials in the stricken country.
Furthermore, Spain – one of the hardest hit nations in Europe – declared the virus was past its peak and expected cases to begin reducing.
For more than one week, there have been no new declared cases of the disease in Wuhan, China – the epicentre of the outbreak – leading to Chinese officials reopening most of Hubei province with life returning to virtual normalcy.
A Chinese citizen released a video showing an outpouring of rain in Wuhan, in which he can be heard testifying that TB Joshua had declared rain would fall in the city as a sign the disease was being ‘wiped away’.
In Uganda, over 100 of those suspected to have been infected were confirmed to be negative after testing, leading to jubilation from the country’s health minister.
Joshua’s followers have held fast to their conviction that the “noise” of the disease had indeed been silenced according to the cleric’s declaration and the end was in sight for the sickness that resulted in an almost global lockdown.
“Let us take control of our situation instead of being afraid, for satan, the cause of crises, has been defeated,” the popular cleric declared during the interactive broadcast subsequently uploaded to YouTube.
“Don’t listen to the panic of the moment. Warfare is necessary for our victory,” he insisted.