Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, disclosed on Wednesday that many people wonder if he wears a face mask in public, with some of them being taken to social media to ask why he should cover his nose and mouth with a mask.
Oba Ogunwusi said he chose to “lead by example” using a face mask as part of the measure to protect himself and others from the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The revered monarch added that “the coronavirus is real”, dangerous and does not respect anyone, advising those who are still skeptical about the reality of the terrible pandemic to adjust their thoughts and face the problem that has now become a global health concern.
We earlier published today that the Ooni spoke at the office of the governor of Oke – Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun state, while delivering two modular motorized fumigators to Governor Dapo Abiodun as his donation to the Ogun state government in support of his battle against the spread of COVID – 19.
He said the equipment was manufactured locally and would play an important role in spraying public places in order to chemically eliminate the Coronavirus, as they are droplets and can fall on objects and humans.
He also revealed that, through collaboration with some experts from Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ife, they developed solutions (disinfectants) with the potential to kill the virus in the environment or in public places.
The monarch noted that he was particularly concerned that the process of distributing palliative care to poor and vulnerable households by governments, individuals and others, could further compromise public health, as the process often undermines the rule of social distance.
And answering questions from reporters, Oba Ogunwusi said he was working with some of the country’s traditional medicine practitioners to offer local medicines for the coronavirus pandemic.
He asked Nigeria to seek a solution to the disease, even when he urged the government to support traditional medicine practitioners in formulating herbal remedies for COVID-19.
In his response, Governor Dapo Abiodun praised Ooni for his gesture, saying his donation fits in with the government’s ongoing efforts to disinfect public places like markets, roads and more.