This Day (Lagos)

30 August 2014

Nigeria: Ebola Virus Can Be Traditionally Cured - Traditionalist

A front-line traditionalists and the Aare Ogboni Agbaye of Osun State, HRM Oba Okikiola Atanda Lawal has noted that, Ebola deadly epidemic looming in the country could be cured traditionally if the government could give support to the traditionalists.

Oba Okikiola also pointed out that the government had long ago, neglected the traditional Medicine while the consequence was what we were seeing and witnessing in the country particularly, the emergence of strange diseases.

He noted that traditionalists would continued to play a pivotal roles in the development of Religious Tourism in the country which he said would serve as an essential balm to many of the spiritual problems .

The traditionalist who spoke with Thisday in Osogbo noted that, the government placed too much premium on the foreign religions, but asserted that, the adopted religion without the traditionalist would not help in curbing any outbreak of ailment.

He stressed that Traditionalists would also start advocacy and dialogue on the development of traditional and inter-faith synergy with a view to interface in problem solving He noted that the traditionalists made effort in curbing the insecurity caused by the members of Boko Haram in the country but the leaders in the country did not support the them in checking the menace.

Oba-Lawal who called for full support from the Federal government on the practice of traditional Medicine stressed that our leaders in the country were being selfish and did not mind what the people were passing through interns of insecurity.

He urged the government at all levels to emulate what the governor of Osun state Rauf Aregbesola was doing in promoting all religion in the state.

He said, Aregbesola's government was the first government to declare a holiday for Isese Day which makes the traditionalist having equal right with their counterpart in the religion circle.

He canvassed that traditional medicine should be included in the school curriculum in other to avail children the knowledge of what tradition was right from the elementary school.

He opined that if the government could attend to the plight of the traditionalist, the country would become more peaceful as he blamed the problems of the country on neglect of the traditional medicine.

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