Adeyeye Ogunwusi, ooni of Ife, has sparked arguments on social media platforms after he made a “dubious” claim that a combination of some natural herbs can cure the novel coronavirus.
The monarch had taken to his social media page to share a video, where he explained how several natural herbs like onions, African pepper and neem tree among others can be used to treat COVID-19.
The ooni’s claim, which remains unconfirmed, comes despite warning from the World Health Organization (WHO) on the use of dubious methods to treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.
It has, however, triggered a heated debate on social media platforms especially Twitter, where users are registering their different opinions on the matter.
While a segment of users accepted the ooni’s claim, others kicked against it, arguing that he should not be misleading the public by spreading “falsehood”.
“If the ooni of Ife claims to have the herbal cure for #COVID19, I think we should really give a listening ear. We are at that point where we cannot dismiss any solution and let’s not just believe that only western medicines are potent. Before westernization, we still had our herbs,” a Twitter user said.
“These claims are wrong. The Ooni is not a medical doctor or a virologist. This is an 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,” another user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
If the OONI of Ife claims to have the herbal cure for #COVID19,i think we should really give a listening ear.
We are at that point where we cannot dismiss any solution and let's NOT just believe that only western medicines is POTENT
Before westernization, we still had our herbs pic.twitter.com/g6hF9jeOI6
— AURA❤️COOL (@TWEETORACLE) March 31, 2020
Ooni of Ife has made my day. If not for civilization and technology, we would have still been traditional till date. You are so dull if you believe it’s only medicine and injection that can cure Coronavirus. Herbs and Leaf extracts will work wonders. I hail Ooni pic.twitter.com/Wr4yElh0JC
— Lola Okunrin (@lollypeezle) March 31, 2020
Your Pastors can
Make the blind to see
Make the lame to walk
Make the deaf to hear
Make the dumb to talk
Even bring the dead back to life
Ordinary Corona Virus
They run away even anointing oil isn't working again
But you have the mind to mock Ooni becoz he suggests HERBAL CURE
— IFA FUNSHO (@funshographix) March 31, 2020
The same Nigerians mocking Ooni of Ife for saying he has a possible HERBAL cure for the Coronavirus are the same Nigerians who can't question their Pastors
They're are waiting for COVID-19 to end so that they can continue healing the sick, raising the dead & performing miracles
— IFA FUNSHO (@funshographix) March 31, 2020
Hope Ooni’s cure herbs prescription against COVID19 won't make some 2 engage in self medication,Ooni of Ifè is an elite Royal highness,he should 've present is cure theory 2 nigerian institute of medical research if d herbs truly cure it. Guys be careful COVID19 has no cure yet. pic.twitter.com/UiEtK6ehX0
— SEÑOR🛡️AMID HUMBLE (@amid_temitayo) March 31, 2020
The last time Donald trump said chloroquine can cure corona virus you all clapped for him.
ooni is giving us some traditional herb hint to cure the virus without asking for money,
You all are saying he is misleading the public cause he is from Nigeria.
— QUDUS (@QdPaper) March 31, 2020
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
They will believe in Ooni's cure if it was proposed by a white man.
— Ayo of Ibadan (@theayoadams) March 31, 2020
I am an herb and Spice person, in short, I had already came up with a possible antiviral herb that can help against the Covid 19, Ooni addition was very welcomed. I don't do pharmaceuticals.
Make una Dey form uncertified medicine, una wey dem use dogonyaro bath when them born.
— 🎙️ʝǟʍǟʟɖɛɛռ ʋօɨƈɛ (@Adexuxin) March 31, 2020
Ooni announced a herbal solution for #COVID19 some people are talking against him.
Even if Jesus is to be on earth today, performing a miracle, healing the affected people. some people will doubt him, they will still talk against him. pic.twitter.com/j5EnmGB8ue
— Akinpelumi Akinboye (@theakinakinboye) March 31, 2020
I think ooni is taking this Coronavirus for toilet infection.
— OSCAR (@Iam_Oscar1) March 31, 2020
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
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
I don't think we should be too quick to come to conclusions as regards the coronavirus herbal cure recommended by the Ooni of Ife. We shouldn't let civilization make us doubt the potency of trado medical discoveries. The best thing to do is to take 1 or 2 cases to Osun to treat.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) March 31, 2020
Y'all bashing Ooni, well. It's mere ignorance. A black man called Dr Sebi has been curing HiV and ALL diseases KNOWN to mankind since 1970s. He even won USA in court in 1987 February 10, when they accused him of doing fake drugs.
You lot know nothing…
— ndamzi~🦁(BlackLion) (@fabsFWD) March 30, 2020
I hope the Ooni is arrested for pushing unconfirmed alternative health care that can lead to loss of lives.
— Ayobami (@dondekojo) March 30, 2020
Apparently, Ooni Has The Cure For What's Currently Killing Thousands Across The World And They're Not Even Giving Him Benefit Of The Doubt?
What If This Is The Way God Wants To Lift Nigeria's Economy High Above Major Ones In The World? 🤔
I'm Somewhat Optimistic About This… pic.twitter.com/gvfBHKXegJ
— Alan (@Harbiodinho) March 30, 2020
I'm not surprised that Ooni of Ife said he has alternative cure for #COVID19. This is not his first time of spitting gibberish. This same man once said he discovered a waterfall with seven colours in Ife. This is a wrong time for him to join league of liars pic.twitter.com/Q0ve3flke3
— Adejumo Kabir A. (@AdejumoKabir2) March 30, 2020
How do you even have the effrontery to drag/insult Ooni of Ife? Someone that could just hold that Yoruba microphone to swear for you, and you'd run mad on twitter? Make una dey careful oh, Ooni no be una influencer 😕 pic.twitter.com/WYyFlhdWpS
— Olúwaseun (@OfficialKvist) March 31, 2020
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