The ‘Iku Baba Yeye’, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, says the Oyo Kingdom has developed a herbal remedy for the coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic that has ravaged the world.
The monarch, who said this during the public presentation of a book on the late ‘Apala music’ maestro, Ayinla Wahidi, popularly called Ayinla Omowura, on Tuesday, said the traditional medicine practitioners were circumspect about displaying their abilities so as not to run foul of governmental laws and bureaucratic bottlenecks involved in proclaiming cure for ailments in the world today.
He added that until the incursion of the continent by colonialists, the Yoruba traditional medicine was being used to treat all manner of diseases, ranging from smallpox, diabetes, hay fever, and herbalists were capable of sending people on message by telepathy.
“There were no sicknesses or diseases under the surface of the earth that our forefathers were not capable of healing. I know that those powers are still potent and are still with us today.
“The man would call out the poison in the snake and conjure the snake responsible for the sting wherever it was. The snake would be made to swallow its own venom.”
Speaking on the book titled: ‘Ayinla Omowura: Life and times of an Apala legend’, which was written by Dr. Festus Adedayo, the monarch called for a return to ‘the roots’ by appreciating the essence, value and potency of what belongs to Africans.
Adedayo is a columnist and former Special Adviser on Media to former Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi.
The monarch, who described the book as expository literary work, called for a return to ‘the roots’ by appreciating the essence, value and potency of what belongs to Africans.
Oba Adeyemi said he read the 537-page book in barely three days. He commended the author for dwelling on a subject to which many writers would not pay attention.
Adedayo said the book was written to send a message to people at various cadres of life on the need to be mindful of their actions and inactions, stressing that Omowura would probably have lived longer if he took into consideration his position before engaging in a barroom fight that led to his death.
SOURCE: Punch Online