Before covid-19 got into Nigeria, many Nigerians strongly believed that the virus can’t kill a Nigerian.The sad reality is, Nigerians have died from the disease and many more people will die if things go out of hand.
While every death is a tragedy, these Nigerians, and like so many others will surely be missed.
Nigerians who died from coronavirus
1. Suleiman Achimugu
Suleiman Achimugu is the first person to die of coronavirus disease in Nigeria days after testing positive to the disease.
The Former Managing director of Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, (PPMC) was said to be suffering other illnesses before contracting the deadly virus.
According to the Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC),who announced his death via social media, the 67-year-old male died of COVID19 days after returning home following medical treatment in the UK.
2. Alfa Saadu
Selfless Nigerian doctor, Alfa Saadu,68 is amongst Nigerians who have died of coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
The doctor who recently came out of retirement to help the United Kingdom fight the novel coronavirus has reportedly died from the disease. Alfa Saadu, a native of Kwara immigrated to Britain from Nigeria and had a long and successful career in NHS hospitals across London, died on Tuesday, March 31.
Reuters described the late Nigerian doctor as a “dedicated doctor who came out of retirement to help Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).”
3. Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali
Another Nigerian identified as Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali has reportedly died of coronavirus in the United States. Hajia, 60, who was an indigene of Kano, and the elder sister to the permanent secretary of Kano state’s Ministry of Religious Affairs was said to have died after being infected.
Her death was made known after Salihu Yakasai, spokesman to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state tweeted:
An indigne of Kano living in America by the name Hajia Laila Abubakar Ali has died of Covid-19. The 60yr old died yday after being infected. She was the elder sister to the Perm Sec of Ministry of Religious Affairs Kano. May her soul rest in peace. #StayAtHomeSaveLives
— Peacock (@dawisu) March 26, 2020
4. Bassey Offiong
A young Nigerian who identified as Bassey Offiong has reportedly died of coronavirus in the United States on the 28th of March.
The deceased was a student of Western Michigan University until death. According to his sister, Asari Offiong, who cried out after his death, said her brother told her he was turned down several times for the coronavirus test in the Kalamazoo area while living off-campus.
She disclosed that late Bassey said he was turned down despite having fever, fatigue, and shortness of breath.
5. Unnamed Nigerian
On the 30th of March 2020, Nigeria recorded its second death from the Novel Coronavirus. This was disclosed by the Minister Of Health, Osagie Ehanire in a live broadcast of the Presidential Task Force briefing on COVID-19 On Channels TV on Monday afternoon.
According to the minister, who explained that the deceased Nigerian had serious underlying health issues.