Let it not be said…!
At the time of Obatala
Three persons came to him dragging a young man with them and said to him: Babalawo, aboru boyè! This man has murdered our father
Obatala: why did you kill their father?
Young man: I’m a goatherd. My goat ate from their father’s farm, and he threw a stone at my goat and it died,
So I also took the stone and threw it at their father and he also died!
Obatala: because of this, I pass judgment on your charge of murder by sentencing you to death.
Young man: I ask for 3 days before you execute the judgment.
My late father left me some wealth and I have a sister to take care of. If you kill me now, the wealth and my sister will have no guardian.
Obatala: who will stand for your bail?
Young man: looking into the crowd, he pointed “Lamurudu”
Obatala: do you agree to stand for him Lamurudu?
Lamurudu: Beeni (yes)
Obatala: You agree to stand for someone you don’t know, and if he doesn’t return you’ll receive his penalty.
Lamurudu: I accept
The young man left but after two days, and into the third day there was still no sign of him.
Everyone was very afraid for Lamurudu who had accepted to receive the penalty of death if the man failed to return.
Just before it was time for dinner, the goat herd appeared looking very exhausted in and he stood before Obatala.
Young man: I have handed the wealth and the welfare of my sister to my uncle and I’m now yours. You may execute the penalty now.
In great shock and surprise, Obatala said: And why did you return after having a chance to escape the death penalty?
Young man: *I was afraid, it will appear that humanity has lost the ability to fulfill promises kept”.*
Obatala turned and looked at Lamurudu: And why did you stand for him?
Lamurudu: *I was afraid, it might appear that humanity have lost the will to do good to others.”*
These words and events moved the brothers who had wanted justice for their father’s death very deeply and they decided to forgive the young goat herd.
In furious anger, Obatala asked “Why?!,”
They said: *We are afraid, it will appear as though forgiveness has lost place in the heart of humanity!*
*You have also received this beautifully translated message because it is feared that *it might appear that reminders towards doing good has lost place in humanity (eda) if I don’t forward it.*
You are encouraged to also read and pass it on, in fear that *it might appear spreading goodwill messages has lost place in humanity!!*
*Happy Yoruba Day.*