Bolaji Tunji, an aide to the late Abiola Ajimobi, the immediate past governor of Oyo State, has said it was still surprising that his deceased principal contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Tunji, who served as the Special Adviser on Communication and strategy to the late Ajimobi, stated this in a tribute he penned in honour of his boss and published on Facebook on Thursday.
According to Tunji, he is at a loss as to how the late Ajimobi contracted the virus as he observed all precautionary measures to ensure he did not get infected.
The media aide explained that his late principal knew he was in the vulnerable group due to his age and that all possible guidelines were initiated to keep him safe.
“I still can’t wrap my head around what happened. He was so healthy, he was neat, he took all the necessary precautions even while he sat with us in our open office he was always with his face mask, we always observe social distancing. We were always quick to give him hands sanitizer anytime he touched something.
“We were conscious of his age and did all we could to ensure safety. We had three spots where you had to wash hands before entering the premises. One at each of the main entrance gates and another by the entrance to our office. We observed all due protocols.
“So what happened? How did it happen? None of us was sick. So where did this come from? I am still trying to find answers,” Tunji wrote.
The spokesperson said he suspects that Ajimobi contracted COVID-19 when he travelled to Abuja following a call to attend a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former Oyo governor was the immediate past APC deputy national chairman (South).
The journalist lamented that Ajimobi was ill for a month, adding that none of the late politician’s family members or his aides expected him to pass away so soon.
“But what went wrong? I am at a loss. I was so sure he would get up the sickbed. I was so sure because there were unfinished businesses. There were so many tasks that he had planned ahead to better the lot of the people. So I was convinced he would come to complete those tasks, those plans. I never knew it would end this way.
“This is cathartic for me because I am still in shock. Am at a loss. Everything within a month.
Did we see this coming? No. Not this. Not that you would go so soon.”