So I woke up to 41 missed calls, over 200 blackberry messenger broadcasts, several text messages, watsapp messages etc. On seeing my phone, I was shocked! Yes its not my birthday, my birthday is more than a week away. I started opening the blackberry messenger (BBM) messages and they were all similar messages warning me to take my bath today with salt and hot water (not even warm water)… Hot water! Odikwa egwu! The messages didn’t even stop at that, they further said I should do that before 6am (laughs out loud) and we should also drink the salt water and I woke up at 8am. The messages didn’t stop there, I was also made to understand that EBOLA is now in the air.
I managed to kneel down and said a very short but heartfelt prayer. Rebuking the nasty VIRAL disease called Ebola and committing the nation into the hands of the almighty. After my prayers, I decided to ask some of the people who broadcasted those messages the source of the information. I was greatly alarmed when 5 I asked said they do not know. I asked, why send something you don’t even know the source or origin? How laughable! How pathetic! How gullible! How destructive! How ignorant! Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity. As much as I know, Ebola virus has not been confirmed to be airborne.
Someone was obviously insomniac, bored or idle and decided to spread false news around toiling with the minds, psych and emotions of people who are too lazy to read, listen and research. “Taking our bath with salt and HOT water before 6am” prevents Ebola? Seriously?
The people who hurriedly started sending these messages didn’t ask:
1. Why must it be before 6am.
2. Is salt Anti Viral? If it is, then we should naturally be immune to Ebola because our sweat is naturally Salty. 3. Why HOT water?
4. What’s the source of this information?
Most didn’t ask and started bathing with salt water! So I finally got 1 person who claims that a “MAN OF GOD” gave the direction at an all night service. Another said its a “prophesy” from another “MAN OF GOD” and then one Adesuwa emerges with a story that appears rather too incoherent to say she started the rumour and she is feeling bad now and confessing so that we all forgive her (I personally think someone wants to be popular). How pathetic! Such people should be arrested. A lot of people were in panic already.
The “FAST GUYS” as we call them would have gone to buy bags and bags of salt. Phone calls would have gone round and a parent’s blood pressure would have gone so high because their ward didn’t pick their call and they could not pass the information. A patient of High blood pressure may have taken a glass or two of concentrated salt water out of panic, forgetting that they are not supposed to take salt. People panicked because of this destructive rumour. Why should a sane human being decide to spread this type of rumour at a time like this? This is the height of insensitivity. We should all start looking out for such people amongst us because they are the actual killers. Lots of people actually die out of panic brought by rumours and false alarm on daily basis. What do you gain saying EBOLA is in Imo, plateau, Abuja, Osun when it is not.
We should all tread carefully and not make matters worse. We should all try to use our gadgets (phones, laptops, ipads etc) for meaningful things apart from irrelevant chats, gossips and all. We all know the safety precautions so we should adhere strictly by them. We will do our own part and leave the rest to GOD.
GOD bless us all and GOD help Nigeria to combat this nasty VIRUS. You all have a blessed Friday. Be Vigilant! Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!