By Ajibola Abayomi,
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has lend his voice on the need for the Federal Government to embrace traditional medicine as alternative cure for the ravaging Covid-19.
During a private chat with TheLead Online at his residence in Lagos, the Aare poured out his emotions on the plight of the masses, the ravaging Covid-19 and the State of the nation.
While the Yoruba generalissimo praised the health workers and other frontliners for their spirited efforts in containing the disease, he warned that the nation had a lot to loose by sidelining the effectiveness and potentials of herbs saying that history won’t be kind to the government if they do that.
“Who says there is no cure for coronavirus? Singapore and Madagascar are just few examples. People perish because of lack of knowledge. From time immemoria in Yorubaland, the elders know what to do both spiritually and herbal wise but because we don’t value what we have, Covid-19 becomes a mess to us.
“No one is saying the orthodox medine and doctors should not function but what stops the government from empowering and encouraging herbal practitioners from researching for solutions? Our people are dying and we sre buying into the deceit of World Health Organization.
The emotional Iba stated that history would judge those in position to mitigate the suffering of the masses during the pandermic but refused to do so.
“At 50, I remain unfufilled whenever I reappraise the Nigerian democracy I joined others as activist to fight for many years ago when I warned barely 23. Alot of happenings now clearly indicate that seversl privileged political leaders in authority have deviated from the founding principles of Nigeria’s fore fathers by taking to nepotism, greed and corruption” the Iba began the interaction on a pitiable note for the downtrodden.
Touched by the plight of vulnerable people, the Iba Gani led Oodua People’s Union (OPU) had donated N5 million while the Odua People’s Congress (OPC) under his leadership was gearing to contribute additional N3 million to be disbursed to the Covid-19 account of the six South West states including Edo and Delta as previously done with the OPU..
“At the level OPU and OPC, we have given our widow’s mite. Though not large sum of money, we cannot sit back and not join the people’s welfare train” he added.
Iba Gani urged government not to toy with the patience of hungry Nigerians that had been neglected for years by ensuring that the needful was done to cushing the effect of lockdown down where applicable.
“I have tried to restrain myself from joining issues with the government, however I am not impressed particularly the handling of the so called palliatives. The situation has exposed fraud in Nigeria’s data collection. I commend the efforts of Lagos State Government so far. It is good.
“The most effective weapon to curtail crime is empowerment. Let the youths be engaged economically. Recently, we saw the headache caused by some hoodlums called one million boys. Certainly, criminal elements should be fought to a standstill however, that is a reflection Nigeria is tending towards a failed state.
“To arrest societal decadence, limit corruption, bad governance and institutionalise people’s oriented government, Nigeria must be restructured. The report of the 2014 national conference is before the federal government if they truly care about development.
“We can’t give accurate figure about our population whether it is 120 million or the estimated 200 million. The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs within days claimed billios had been distributted to poor Nigerians as palliatives yet no considerable impact especially in the Southern Nigeria, what a shame, posterity will judge us all.”
Iba Gani urged the Federal Government to be sincere about equitabe distribution of wealth and national resources.