Traditional religious adherents have called on government to consider the use of traditional and spiritual remedies to contain the spread of the virus.
Secretary General of Traditional Religion Worshippers’ Association of Oyo State (TRWASSO), Chief Fayemi Fatunde Fakayode (PhD), in a statement said that the use of modern medicine should not been seen as the only solution to the deadly Coronavirus.
Fayemi who issued the statement on behalf of traditional religious adherents in the state, maintained that the same approach by ”our forefathers” can be employed to tackle the disease while the spiritual solutions should not be ignored and should instead be handled by community spiritual leaders.
Fayemi who is the founder of Ijo Imole Olodumare, Alade Town in Ibadan, Oyo State noted that to rescue the world from the crisis of Coronavirus, it behoves everybody with the knowledge of the solution to come forward.
He added that this is the main reason traditionalists in the state were coming out to contribute their own quota in the containment of the deadly Coronavirus in the country.
As part of measures to curtail the spread of Coronavirus from the traditional perspective, Fayemi recommended that, “People should squeeze ẹ̀fọ́ yánrin (wild lettuce) and ẹ̀fọ́ ewúro (bitter leaf) inside palm wine and drink responsibly. It can also be rubbed on the body as sanitizer. Also, daily consumption of gúgúrú (Popcorn) is recommended.”
Fayemi who suggested that palm wine consumption is very advantageous in this period, added that some items of great symbolic connotations like Akòko leaves and Tàǹgíìrì pod can be put at the entrance and inside the house respectively to repel the Ajogun, noting that the kind of food that Yoruba spirituality advise in this period of time is corn related.
“To rescue the world from this crisis of Coronavirus, it behoves everybody with the knowledge of the remedies to come forward. Nowadays, the same approach by our forefathers can be employed. While the spiritual solutions should not be ignored and should instead be handled by the community spiritual leaders, It is here recommended that for prevention and cure of Coronavirus, people should squeeze ẹ̀fọ́ yánrin (wild lettuce) and ẹ̀fọ́ ewúro (bitter leaf) in palm wine and drink responsibly. It can also be rubbed on the body as sanitizer. Also, daily consumption of gúgúrú (Popcorn) is recommended.
“Another approach from Yoruba tradition is to squeeze ẹ̀fọ́ yánrin (wild lettuce) and ẹ̀fọ́ ewúro (bitter leaf) inside palm wine and use it to rub the body as well as drinking part of it.
“If Coronavirus is a natural infective agent, we can liken it to the “ajogun” that come from celestial world to the terrestrial space for a purpose, either favourable or unfavourable to the human race. That means, it is not too strange to the Yoruba people who are versed in their spirituality. And the solution might be the usual approach employed by the ancestors. If Coronavirus is a biological weapon invented as an instrument of war by a world power as alleged by people, I think such knowledge is not limited to a single land.