Yeni Kuti, the first daughter of the late Afrobeat icon, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, has stated that traditional African medicine known in local parlance as Juju should be employed as a tool in fighting corruption
She suggested this while speaking in an interview with Classic FM, she added that no one would steal money if government officials are made to swear by Ogun and other African deities instead of Holy bible and Quran.
“let them use ‘Juju’ to swear in government officials and we shall see if anybody will continue to steal our money in this country or not.
“I am sure that if they are made to swear by Ogun or some other fearsome African deity, there will be no more corruption,” she said.
When asked if her father’s hatred for religion influenced her, she said “my choice of religion was not largely influenced by Fela.
“It is not that my father made me to embrace it through indoctrination; I learnt and I actually believe in it. As a matter of fact, Fela’s arguments in defence of the traditional African religion were enough to convince me.”
“When I was a young girl and I knew nothing about his dislike for what he often described as ‘foreign religions’ (Christianity and Islam), I used to visit the Braithwaites and accompany them to church on Sundays. When Fela heard of it, he warned me never to use the allowance he gave me for offering in the church. I can’t forget it,”
The retired dancer further urged Nigerians to stop being hypocrites, adding that some people professed to be devout Christians or Muslims by day, yet sneaked out at night to consult local herbalists or diviners.