By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Respite appears in horizon for the treatment of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) as traditionalists on Friday, 15th August, 2014 claimed they have secured a cure to Ebola even as they asked citizenry to adhere to preventive measures.
The president of Traditional Religion Worshippers Association in Osun state, (TRAWSO) Chief Idowu Awopetu while addressing a press conference in Osogbo on the activities slated for the 2014 Isese Festival holding in Osogbo, said a liquid herbal medicine called “Epa” will cure Ebola.
According to Chief Awopetu, Ero (traditional antidote) and herbal soap would also go a long way in curing EVD maintaining that prevention is better than cure.
While urging the public to be wary of whom they shake, touch and what they eat, Awopetu argued no honest Nigerian would suffer from Ebola Virus Disease adding that only those who had erred against the gods had died from Ebola.
On how they got the claimed cure for Ebola, Chief Awopetu argued that the oracles revealed the cure to Ifa worshippers calling on Nigerians to be prayerful and adhere strictly to the tenets of the traditional religion.
He said there are one thousand and one disease on earth saying that “Sonponan” is Ebola.
Awopetu also claimed that the cure the traditionalists sought for HIV/AIDS has helped in reducing the scourge maintaining that the oracle has also revealed the cure to Ebola.
The TRAWSO president while disclosing that the three day Isese Day event will hold in Osogbo between Monday August 18 and Wednesday 20, 2014 said it was expected to attract 10,000 worshippers from the state, Nigeria, Europe and America.
He then called on the state government to put necessary machinery in motion for the take off of the teaching of Ifa religion in the state public primary and secondary schools and also for the state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to inuagurate Traditional Religion Board in the state.
Awopetu said the grand finale of the Isese Festival is on 20th August with lecture, parade of colours, Iwure (prayers) and cultural displays.