Popular reality Tv show star, Malika Haqq who is best friends with Khloe Kardashian has taken to social media to mourn the death of former Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi. Malika said in a post shared on her official Instagram handle noted that the news of Ajimobi’s death was heartbreaking for her as she is yet to come to terms with his sudden demise.
Haqq said, “the earth has lost one of its most amazing spirits”. It is visible that the bond the two shared was quite close as Haqq was quite emotional about his death. Comments and condolences poured in as Khloe also tried comforting her friend in her own little way.
Malika Haqq made a name for herself after she appeared in the reality Tv show; Keeping up with the Khardashians as Khloe’s friend and it is also reported that she just put to bed not long ago.
The late former governor, Abiola Ajimobi died as a result of the complications that arised after he was diagnosed with the novel virus, Covid-19.
It was reported on the 18th of June 2020 that the former oyo state administrator had passed on but his family debunked the claim and said he is getting better and responding to treatment at an undisclosed location.
There was speculations in the political circles and social media suggesting that he had passed on already and the news of the death is being held to score political points but no one could publicly admit it. The sad news broke on the 25th of June, 2020.
Ajimobi, who had been on a life support machine at First Cardiology Hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos, after slipping into a coma following Coronavirus complications, died on Thursday.
Until his death, he was the former Chief Executive Officer, National Oil and Chemical Marketing Company, a sister company of Shell Nigeria. It was reported that he died due to underlying health conditions, which was worsened by COVID-19 thereby resulting in multiple organ failure.
Shortly after his death, a video surfaced online showing the late Ajimobi with clerics talking about death and this made people speculate that he probably had death premonitions and was just waiting for his time.
Shortly after his death, there seems to be a minor disagreement over his burial plans as reported by DailyTimes news that there is a tussle of rights between the family and the state government over who does what. “The Oyo State government should and would be blamed for the delay in the burial of a former governor of the state, he should have been buried and not left to be used to play political tug of war” a source close to the late politician’s family has said.
He lamented the pitiable way the issue of his burial is being handled and lamented that they have gone against every burial rule in Islam as he should have been buried the day he died or a day after. According to a source who begged for anonymity for private reasons, “the burial could not taken place due to the disagreement and tussle between the Ajimobi family and the state government on the burial plans and schedule by the family”.
When the source was asked if they have gotten any report from the governor’s office, he said “The government official that the family got in touch with said they could not take action on the matter without approval from the governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, thereby making the matter more complicated”.
The source also revealed that when the family was able to inform Engineer Makinde of the burial plans in line with the laws of the land, Engineer Makinde completely refused to oblige the family on their preferred choice of their father’s burial ground which was a plot of land under litigation at the moment. The source said “Furthermore it must also be said that Engineer Makinde’s refusal comes after repeated pleas from top government officials and statesmen from federal and legislative arms of government.
Imagine that since this man died, a former governor of the state that served two terms, that achieved so much for the state, Governor Makinde is yet to even call the wife nor any member of the family, that is quite unfortunate. Even if you have issues with him, he is gone now, you should drop that as a mark of respect for the deceased.”
Upon hearing about the various claims, The Oyo state government has swiftly denied the claim by the Ajimobi family, saying the allegations were being “peddled to give the government a bad reputation and to play undue politics with the dead knowing how much the state government valued him and have the best interest of the family at heart” The Oyo State government said the claim by the Ajimobi family that it is responsible for the delay in burying the late politician is a wicked lie that must end if any progress will be made on the issue.
A statement by Taiwo Adisa, the chief press secretaryto Governor Seyi Makinde, said, “In view of the intense enquiriesfrom news media organizations regarding the perceived delay inburying the late former Governor of Oyo State, Senator AbiolaAjimobi, the Oyo State Government wishes to place on record thatthere is no truth in the rumour making rounds that the burial is beingdelayed by the state government.
“Several media outfits reached out to the Media Office of the Governor of Oyo State to make enquiries on this barefaced lie on Saturday. Let it be stated clearly that the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has played no role at all in causing any delay whatsoever regarding the burial of his immediate predecessor, Senator Ajimobi.
The truth of the matter is that the family, through a proxy, approached the state government and sought approval to bury the late governor on a plot of land at Agodi GRA, which is currently under litigation, Incidentally, it was the same former Governor Ajimobi who instituted the legal action.
Governor Seyi Makinde had no choice than to state the facts as they are to the emissaries and turn down the request. Governor Makinde, however, against the established land use rule in Oyo State, gave approval that the family can bury the late governor in his Oluyole Estate residence.
It is to be noted that the rules guiding land use in Government Reservation Areas (GRA) forbid the burial of bodies in such locations as Oluyole Estate and Agodi GRA.
Let us also put on record that whereas the family did not follow the laid down protocols in passing information on the sickness and eventual demise of Senator Ajimobi, Governor Makinde overlooked all that and directed the full cooperation of the government with the family on this matter. It can only amount to a wicked lie to insinuate that the incumbent government in Oyo State attempted to obstruct the burial of the immediate past governor.”