By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—A breakthrough in alternative medicine has been recorded in Nigeria as the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, signed an agreement with a Brazilian research institute that specialises in herbal medicine, opening the way for Yoruba traditional herbal medicine experts to treat patients in the country.
The agreement was signed in the premises of the institute during a conference Ooni Ogunwusi addressed in the presence of some notable royal fathers from South West Nigeria, as well as Yoruba traditional medical experts from the country.
A statement by the media aide to the Ooni, Moses Olafare said the research institute located in Fiocruz-Bairro Manguinh, Rio de Janeiro, has as parts of its core mandate to research into contemporary health issues among Brazilians and globally, and come up with solutions.
Speaking shortly after signing the agreement, Ooni Ogunwusi, said: “I am a testimony of the efficacy and potency of Yoruba herbal products. Since I ascended to the throne, I have not used orthodox medicine to treat myself, whenever I feel it is necessary to do so.
“Let us stop discrimination against African medicine and traditional religion. If we all believe in one God, then we should not discriminate.”