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Osogbo Ifa Priest advocates use of traditional deities to ascertain child’s paternity. By John Dike osogbo

Osogbo Ifa Priest advocates use of traditional deities to ascertain child’s paternity

Ifayemi Elebuibon
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Following controversies sorounding reported cases of paternity of a child leading to broken marriages in Africa, especially in Nigeria, a popular Ifa Priest based in Osogbo , Ifayemi Elebuibon has advocated the use of traditional deities to ascertain child’s paternity.

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The traditionalist who decried the recent rise in the cases of paternity fraud, advised that anyone interested in resolving paternity controversies can consider use of Yoruba traditional means.

Ifayemi Elebuibon

Elebuibon, spoke to journalists in his resident in Osogbo, Osun State capital on Thursday.

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According to him, the Yoruba traditional means of determining the paternity of a child is more reliable than the Deoxyriboucleic Acid popularly know as DNA.

“Since many family cannot afford the cost of DNA test, it is better to use our local traditional means which we have in Yoruba land to determined such paternity cases involving many families nowadays”

The Ifa priest while saying total rejection of Yoruba culture was responsible for the high rate of infidelity in marriage, said the race had enough traditional means to determine a child’s paternity that could be considered by whoever was interested in such investigation.

His words “Yoruba has traditional DNA and they are very potent. They vary from one family or compound to another.

“We are having a high rate of cases of paternity fraud now because people of our race have decided to abandon what belongs to them and embrace foreign religions.

“In Yoruba culture, even during childbirth, paternity of a baby can be determined. In my own compound, those days, a new wife would take oath before the Ogun shrine to remain faithful to only her husband.

“Traditionally, there are several ways we can determine the paternity of a child.

“Those means are cheap and safe but our people are not interested in them. They are the alternative available for those interested.”

The IFA priest who spoke further also said it is high time political office holders and politician started using traditional means to take oath of office so that the rate of embezzlement ,stealing public funds and corruption while in office will stop.

“Yes, if president, governors, senators and other political office holders use ‘sango’ or other traditional deities to take oath before assuming office ,they will be accountable to the people they sworn an oath to serve”, he stated.

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