Covid-19 does not fear the gods as Olubadan orders masquerades to stay indoors

Covid-19 does not fear the gods as Olubadan orders masquerades to stay indoors

- The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetuniji, has ordered masquerades to stay indoors during the forthcoming 2020 Egungun Festival

- The monarch said the decision is important as processions during the festival could encourage the spread of the virus

- Oba Saliu said that rituals are to be performed at home and everybody is to pray for the speedy end to Covid-19

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The Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has banned any form of masqueraders’ activities from the town, restricting them to his palace during the 2020 Egungun Festival because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The development was made known in a statement by the monarch’s director of media and publicity, Adeola Oloko, on Sunday, May 31, PM News reports.

Oba Saliu said that the traditional masquerades should observe their traditional rituals at home and pray that the pandemic quickly ends.

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According to the monarch, the decision not to have the usual procession associated with the festival is to not encourage the further spread of the virus.

Oba Saliu said his decision was taken after he had duly consulted with all relevant authorities and stakeholders in the fight against Covid-19.

A collage of Olubadan and some masquerades. Photo sources: PM News/The Guardian

A collage of Olubadan and some masquerades. Photo sources: PM News/The Guardian
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a Nigerian with the name, Olubunmi Adefisayo, a Covid-19 survivor, shared his experience with the deadly disease.

He said it all started when he started feeling the symptoms of the virus first week of April, noticing that he had lost all sense of taste and smell.

A check online confirmed his fears and he had to quickly call the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for proper testing. His result came back positive two days after.

Olubunmi said that throughout the waiting period, he was filled with heavy tension. His symptoms were not grave as he was taken to the isolation centre in Yaba.

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The Covid-19 survivor warned people against taking the whole pandemic as a joke, dissuading them from following conspiracy theories about it.

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"My symptoms were very mild. Many people think that when you catch the coronavirus, you will die or experience debilitating symptoms. It is very bizarre that people don’t believe there is a virus. I find it very strange. It is not a joke," he said.

Some of his neighbours were tested and their results were negative. The Lagos state team also went to the supermarket he had earlier on visited to test their staff, but their result was not made known.

“Anyway, I live in my apartment alone so I was worried about my neighbours. What if they contracted the disease from me? From touching the same gate as I did or something. Some of my neighbours were tested but luckily their results were negative,” he said.

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