John Abbah’s death has nothing to do with COVID-19 says Kogi Assembly
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
The Kogi State House of Assembly has debunked reports making the rounds that the member representing Ibaji State Constituency died of COVID-19.
The Chairman House Committee on Information, Kogi State House of Assembly Hon. Musa Jimoh Omiata in a statement made available to Press on Thursday said the deceased has been battling with illness long before the emergence of COVID-19.
Omiata stated that the death of Honourable John Abbah had no link whatsoever with coronavirus and that none of the House Members or staff of the Assembly is infected or battling COVID-19 or any strange ailment.
The Yagba East State lawmaker described the report as false, misleading, mischievous, disrespectful to the dead and ill-conceived to link the painful death of their distinguished colleague to COVID-19.
He pointed out that those behind the report are Political elements and enemies of the state who are bent on causing mischief for reasons best known to them.
The Statement read further “At the early hours of Thursday 24th June 2020, the official report came informing the House about the demise of Honourable John Abbah, a member representing Ibaji State Constituency in the Kogi State House of Assembly both in the 6th and the current 7th Assembly.
“Shortly after the current Assembly was inaugurated mid-last year Hon. John Abbah lost his wife and later he took ill and has been battling with his health. Long before the outbreak of the novel pandemic viral disease, COVID-19, the deceased traveled abroad for medical treatments and returned, he has been recuperating until he bowed to the inevitable hands of death early hours of yesterday.
” It’s certain that every soul will taste death and no one can add a microsecond to his appointed time. To our distinguished colleague Honourable John Abbah, his time has come and he has returned to his Creator. May his soul rest in most peace.
“In an assertive voice of the honourable House, we wish to equivocally and categorically state that the death of Honourable John Abbah has no link whatsoever to coronavirus (COVID-19) disease and that none of the House Members or staff of the Kogi State House of Assembly is infected or battling COVID-19 or any strange ailment.
“Therefore, it is unfounded, baseless, mischievous, misleading, and totally disrespectful to the dignity of the dead for any individual or group to link the painful death of our distinguished colleague to COVID-19.
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