The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II
has denied ordering people not to sweep homes for three days to shield them from contacting Coronavirus, but cautioned that anyone peddling the spurious rumour will incur the wrath of God and and ancestors.
A statement by the Secretary to the Benin Traditional, Frank Irabor on Sunday, stated however that Coronavirus also known as Covid-19 has been handed over to the ancestors in prayers.
He stressed that Oba Ewuare II had made special sacrifices of appeasement to protect Edo people from the virus before any government started precautionary measures to control the spread of the dreaded disease.
According to the Irabor, the Omo N’Oba had long ago also advised the people to practice the simple hygienic rules including regular washing of hands with water and soap and use of sanitisers or coughing into the elbow, and staying at home.
“The palace also warns that those peddling the spurious rumour on social media should desist from such acts otherwise, they will incur the wrath of God and our ancestors”.
Irabor added: “The Omo N’Oba prays for the good health of all Edo people and a Coronavirus free Nigeria”.
The traditional ruler in the statement, urged Nigerians to report any suspected illness to the nearest health facility.
TheNewspad reports that Oba Ewuare II had suspended hearing and judgments on communal matters in his palace
as a strategic step by the traditional ruler in beating the ravaging infection with tighter restrictions.