Let me start by commending you (H.E. Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu), your deputy, Mr Femi Hamzat, Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and others
My special greetings to those medical teams on the front line of this world COVID-19 pandemic home and abroad. “Ooin you are all doing well”
To curb the spread of novel coronavirus in the state you have serious work, like serious work ahead to do Mr Governor.
Let me go straight to the point and set the record straight, I don’t know if you are aware of ASP Lateef Raheem’s death but am sure he should be well known to you and some of your associates. Raheem was the former CSO to the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
According to Bola Tinubu in a statement made available to journalists on Monday, he confirmed that Raheem died of COVID-19 complication aside from his underlying diseases like High Blood Pressure and Diabetes.
Five days ago, Raheem died before he was taken to the hospital and was returned back home for burial that same day.
I think you know what it takes to bury somebody in an Islamic way? This includes Ghusl Mayyit is full body ritual purification performed on dead Muslim, as well as spraying with perfumes.
My sources disclosed to me that over 50, I repeat over 50 police officers were there at his Maplewood Estate residence on Friday, 24th April 2020 till he was buried. Islamic clerics, politicians, family members, sycophants among others were all there.
I’m not a doctor but here is my advice for you and your team Mr Governor.
Urgent contact tracing of:
His wife, children and other members of his family that live in that house
Politicians who visited the deceased family before and after his burial
Islamic clerics who prayed and interred the body
All senior and junior police officers that entered the premises
Family members and sycophants who visited the house
Disinfecting the house if possible by extension the two houses on the left and right of his building.
A source who didn’t want her name mentioned said, there’s serious panic among the residents of Maplewood Estate since Tinubu’s statement was released to the world yesterday.
With my analysis so far Mr Governor, if care is not taken Lagos State might record more than 5, 000 cases due to these few lapses. I enjoin you and your COVID-19 team to swing into action and rescue over 24 million Lagosians.
As Incident Commander, I trust you would do justice to my message.
Jumu’ah Abiodun is a social commentator, political analyst and journalist based in Lagos.