The family of the former Oyo State governor, Aare Isiaka Ajimobi have refuted reports of his death.
A family member tweeted, “Our in-law @AAAjimobi is not dead, please. Kindly disregard the rumours of his death. He was ill, but is recovering well now. May Allah continue to keep him safe and sound and prolong his life. Amin.”
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.”
Social media was abuzz with rumours about Ajimobi’s death.
But 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.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has reiterated that COVID-19 is real, warning Nigerians not to get 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.
On Tuesday, Sen. Ajimobi was announced as acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the Court of Appeal upheld the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole.