The Ejibunu family in Kogi state has confirmed that the Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu, has contracted the novel coronavirus in the state.
The family in a statement by Obatebise of Oweland, Chief Tai Ejibunu, said Sheikh Ejibunu was down earlier with a flu which refused to go away after few days prompting them to seek medical attention at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Lokoja from where he was referred to National Hospital in Abuja. He disclosed that COVID-19 test was conducted on the Chief Imam which the result came out positive. The family said the Kogi State Government should not deny the existence of the virus in the state as it is real.
“At the FMC, he was referred to the National Hospital in Abuja and the test conducted on him by the NCDC showed that he was COVID-19 positive.
“The test conducted on one of his sons who had been with him since came out negative. The family would have come out to speak on the matter, but we were not comfortable with the ding dong game going on between the NCDC and the Kogi State government.
“The family is concerned about the well being of other Owes and we wish to confirm that COVID-19 has fond it’s way sadly to our community and the state.
“Therefore, no need for Kogi State government to deny the obvious. We would like to stress that the Chief Imam, of recent, had never ventured outside Kogi State by way of traveling outside the State. So, the ‘virus’ could have been contacted within.
“We wish to advise our people to please abide by the protocols emplaced by the NCDC and play safe. The family is cooperating with the Kogi State Government and the NCDC to stem the spread. This evening, contact tracing and testing of family members of the Chief Imam had begun.
“What we need from our people is empathy and no need for the acrimonious exchange of views and counter views” he said.