The Oyo State government should be blamed for the delay in the burial of a former governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi, who died of COVID-19 complications, a source close to the late politician’s family has said.
The former governor died on Thursday, June 25, and has not been buried three days after.
As a Muslim, he was supposed to be buried the same or the following day.
According to a source, who asked not to be named because of the sensitive nature of the matter, the burial had not taken place due to the disagreement between the Ajimobi family and the state government on the burial plans by the family.
But the Oyo government has swiftly countered the claim by the Ajimobi family, saying the allegations were being “spread to give the state government a bad name and to play undue politics with the dead.”
Speaking with one of our reporters, the Ajimobi family source said plans were made for the burial of the late politician a day after he passed on.
He said the family got in touch with the state government for necessary burial approvals but were rebuffed.
“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,” the source said.
“The official also informed us that it has been difficult to pin down the Governor for the approval.
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