What The King said in an attempt to help. And how people are taking it.
Coronavirus remains a major source of worry for world leaders. Numbers keep rising and we are not even at the peak yet according to several authorities on the virus.
The Ooni of Ife seems to have an idea on how to combat the virus, though, as the paramount ruler of the Yoruba people has come out to list a number of traditional herbs and roots that could come in handy in this season.
With health professionals and medical scientists scrambling to get an answer as quickly as possible, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi says these easily-obtained natural ingredients could be the home-grown “solution” to the pandemic.
He listed the following potent herbs that will help:
1. Boundary Tree (Ewe akoko)
2. Nim tree or Indian lilac (Dogoyaro)
3. Onions (Alubosa)
4. Forest anchomanes/Blume (Ogirisako)
5. Aridan fruit (Aridan)
6. African pepper/Guinea pepper (Eeru or Erinje)
7. Bitter leaf (Ewuro)
8. Sulfur (Iyin ojo)
And what has the reaction been to all of this?
This doctor here says the King is ‘talking in the nonsense’:
These claims are WRONG.
The Ooni is NOT a medical doctor or a virologist. This is abuse of office to mislead and misinform the public.
You will never hear the Queen of England, the Sultan of Brunei, the King of Saudi Arabia or the Emir of Abu Dhabi say such dangerous nonsense. https://t.co/8W9Wp5TQ4f
— #OurFavOnlineDoc 🛂 (@DrOlufunmilayo) March 31, 2020
This medical doctor sees sense in what the King prescribed:
Ooni is technically correct, the chloroquine everyone is parroting is gotten from a Quinine, Neem plants bark.
Garlic and other medicinal plants have antibiotics.
Quinine increases the pH of the lysosome in the cell.
While the antibiotics kill tthe opportunistic bacteria. https://t.co/2iA3z9BJ3G
— Anambra 1st son💭 (@UchePOkoye) March 30, 2020
How about we listen to him and check for any merit his claim has?
If the Ooni of Ife says he has a possible HERBAL cure for the Coronavirus, government should investigate the claim scientifically. There is no need to insult him or call for his arrest. We haven’t arrested people diagnosing “spiritual attack” or those claiming to perform miracles
— Dr. Joe Abah (@DrJoeAbah) March 31, 2020
This actress is asking important questions:
— TOYIN ABRAHAM (@toyin_abraham1) March 31, 2020
From a fan of the paramount ruler:
I like this Ooni of Ife. He's a perfect blend of western education and traditional African knowledge.
I don't know where we decided to exchange one for another, learning one form doesn't make the other useless. …./1 pic.twitter.com/sFqWPdZEqO
— Finding Mercy (@_MercyAnthony) March 31, 2020
This man here thinks Nigerians don’t rate our culture that much
They will believe in Ooni's cure if it was proposed by a white man.
— Ayo of Ibadan (@theayoadams) March 31, 2020
This Twitter user here says: “arrest him!”
I hope the Ooni is arrested for pushing unconfirmed alternative health care that can lead to loss of lives.
— Ayobami (@dondekojo) March 30, 2020
Now Davido has questions to answer:
Could it b dat Ooni gave Davido d antidote after dis visit or🤔? pic.twitter.com/MWvRZ385u5
— Hadith UNplugger (@Ahmedmaha3) March 31, 2020
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