Controversial Ghanaian cleric Bishop Daniel Obinim of the International Godsway Ministries is reportedly selling “holy oil” which he claims will protect people from contacting the deadly coronavirus.
A report published on the Today Nigeria online news website said the self-acclaimed “Angel” launched the oil during a church service last Sunday.
Coronavirus ‘holy oil’ selling at R550 a pop
He said the oil, priced at the equivalent of about R550, had been vetted and approved by “Heaven’s Division” of the Food and Drugs Authority and did not need approval from any earthly government agency.
Ghanaian publication GHPage said Obinim claimed the coronavirus, which is fast spreading globally after being first detected in China last December, was giving him sleepless nights as he feared it may find its way to his West African country.
Last Friday videos surfaced on social media in which the self-styled cleric prayed for a man and claimed this yielded an international passport which he pulled from his shoe.
Obinim again made waves last year after telling women during one of his sermons that he had the ability to enlarge their posteriors without the need for plastic surgery.
Suspected coronavirus cases in Namibia test negative
A woman in Namibia who was suspected to be infected with the deadly coronavirus has tested negative after undergoing tests.
The Namibian newspaper reported that health minister Kalumbi Shangula said the 30-year-old woman had been declared free of the virus after being admitted at Swakopmund district hospital last week complaining of a headache, running nose and coughing, but with no history of fever.
The unidentified woman had reportedly travelled to Sydney, Australia recently.
Shangula told reporters in the capital Windhoek that the woman’s test results arrived this week from the National Institute of Communicable Diseases in neighbouring South Africa.
In another case, The Namibian reported that a Chinese national who returned from the Asian country in January had also tested negative for the coronavirus.
Shangula said so far, Namibia did not have any more suspected or confirmed cases of the virus whose death toll was reported at 630 on Friday.
By African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Stella Mapenzauswa