The family of the Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu, who tested positive for COVID-19, has come out to confirm his result in a bid to end the existing loggerheads over COVID-19 cases in Kogi.
Chief Tai Ejibunu, Obatebise of Oweland, in a statement by the family titled, “The COVID-19 Case Infection: Matters Arising, the family said,: “Our attention has been drawn to the series of discussions going on concerning Covid-19 index case in Kabba and the identity of the index case.
The statement read in part: “I wish to affirm, on behalf of Ejibunu family, that the Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheikh Ahmad Abubakar Ejibunu, was down with flu some few days back and he had to be hospitalised at the Specialist Hospital in Kabba.”
“Further medical attention was sought at the Federal Medical Centre in Lokoja, as the flu did not abate after some days. 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 Kogi State Government and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have been at loggerheads over COVID-19 cases in Kogi. While NCDC insisted two cases were confirmed, the Government insisted the state is coronavirus-free.
But the family of Ejibunu told Kogi Government “to stop denying the obvious.”
The statement added: “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 wellbeing of other and we wish to confirm that Covid-19 has found its way sadly into 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 travelling outside the state. So, the ‘virus’ could have been contacted within.”
It was gathered that the family is cooperating with the Kogi State government and the NCDC to stem the spread as contact tracing and testing of family members of the Chief Imam had begun.