Mr. Abiola Ajimobi, the 70-year-old, ex- governor of Oyo- state, who had been on a life support machine since last Friday at First Cardiology Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos, has passed away following Coronavirus complications, finally died on Thursday.
The Street Journal had earlier reported that Ajimobi had been on life support machine after he slipped into a coma owing to complications from the virus. He had a lung surgery after being rushed to the Lagos hospital but made no progress while his kidneys had also failed.
Doctors treating Ajimobi, informed his family that his situation had defied every medical intervention and he may not make any recovery going by the observations of medical experts around him.
These incidents gave birth to earlier speculations that the Ex-Oyo Governor was dead.
Another close source who spoke to The Street Journal said, “I insist he is not dead. Ajimobi reportedly had an operation earlier today, which he is yet to recover from, but he is still alive.
“And guess what the good news is? He has since tested negative to COVID-19. What they are battling are his underlying health issues.”
A spokesman to Senator Ajimobi has also asked the public to disregard “rumours circulating on the social media about my principal.”
The Special Adviser to Ajimobi on Communication and Strategy, Bolaji Tunji, dismissed the rumours in a statement, “Kindly disregard,” he said. “We, however, continue to pray for him. Thank you all for the show of concern.”
However, on Thursday, the speculations became factual as the ex-governor finally succumbed to the virus as he passed away at First Cardiology Hospital.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has reiterated that COVID-19 is real, warning Nigerians to carry out protective measures to avoid being infected.
Lai Mohammed said this on Thursday in Abuja during the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
According to the Minister, many Nigerians are not following the government’s guidelines for the control and prevention of the disease, stressing that the only way not to get infected is by obeying the protocol put in place by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the PTF.
The Minister lamented that many Nigerians are living in denial of the virus and that the only time the update of cases by the NCDC makes “impact on them” is when COVID-19 affects someone they know.
“Pray not to get to the hospital. Pray not to get infected. And the only way you will not get infected is by listening to what the NCDC is saying; to what the PTF is saying,” the minister warned.