By Adewale Adetoyese
Stakeholders in Oke-Igbo, a town in Ondo State have taken it upon themselves to avenge the gruesome murder of their son who was a senior lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Osun State, Professor Jerome Elusiyan, who was ‘assassinated’ last Friday through traditional means.
A source from the ancient town who pleaded anonymity confided in our correspondent that such death wasn’t ordinary, adding that the people of the community believed that he was assassinated.
He said, “Prof. would have been promoted in the next three months as the substantial Chief Medical Director of OAU Teaching Hospital. He was assassinated! How do you describe his death? He wasn’t robbed. His car wasn’t taken. He was the target. They didn’t attack the driver because he was the one that drove his dead body to the hospital.”
“Professor Elusiyan was killed and that is why we don’t want to wait for police investigation or wait on human to fight for us. We want to go to our root so as to show his assailants and those who sent them that they can’t kill him and get away with it.” Before the advent of the foreign God, we do our businesses and live our cultural life without the fear of thieves or hired assassins. Then, everyone averted evil as they know the consequences.
“Families, parents even go further to protect the children and wards from mishap of this nature, using Africa traditional medicines and belief but unfortunately, civilisation and borrowed religions has eroded us of the value and the protection that is derivable from our own belief.
“It’s a shame!!!
“But in this case, we as a people have decided to go back to our root.” he exclaimed.
“We have employed Ogun (god of iron), Sanpona (god of measles), Obatala (sky father and the creator of human bodies) and other Orishas to fight our course. The whole community has agreed on this, irrespective of religious beliefs and differences.
“Prof. Elusiyan is a true son of the soil. He has helped the community a lot in one way or another putting smile on people’s faces.
“We are going to be doing this for the next 7 days before he will be laid to rest. We have brought out all our ancient god as inherited from our forefathers. So, let us see where they are going to hide.”
The deceased was the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, (OAUTH), Ile-Ife.
According to reports, he was killed while travelling between Ekpoma and Benin, city Edo State in company of his driver. His remains will be interred in his home town, Okeigbo, in Ondo State on Friday December 27, 2019.
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