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With N6m This Man Will Escape Death

Posted: May 16, 2015 at 5:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Sam Anokam –  Lagos


A clarion call has gone out to kind hearted Nigerians and corporate bodies to please come to the aid of Citizen Johnson Ojo Obi who has been diagnosed to have Severe Rheumatic Mitral Stenosis (damaged valves in his heart) or Acute Heart Failure.

The case of the 45 years old is critical and requires urgent surgery in India where he has been referred to. If Obi is not flown to India as soon as possible, he will die as warned by doctors that have handled his case.

Obi..on his hospital bed

Obi..on his hospital bed

There is however a snag, the surgery for the Ukwuani, Delta State native is estimated to cost a whopping N6m (six million naira only) and the 1st class graduate of Electrical Instrumentation & Control Engineering from the Nigerian Institute of Instrument Engineering and father two, Mary and Emmanuel does not have that kind of money.

He is currently on admission at Bolakunmi-Idowu Memorial Medical Centre located number 5, Segun-Ishola Street, off Isawo Road, Owutu-Agric, Ikorodu, Lagos State. Since 2008, this man cheats death with a minimum of N20, 000 weekly for the drugs while trying to raise the money for the operation. On compassionate grounds, the Medical Director of the hospital where he’s currently admitted (Bolakunmi-Idowu Memorial Medical Centre), Dr. Idowu, employed him as the hospital’s Radiographer on contract basis where he worked until he became bedridden and unable to do anything physical.

A fundraising campaign has been initiated for him online by Media Lobbyist and seasoned journalist, Justin Akpovi-Esade tagged ‘Save Obi Campaign’. About N200, 000 naira has been raised within two days of flagging off the campaign on Facebook. “We are happy that people are responding to our pleas, we realize that we are in a difficult times financially for so many of us so we had to devise the ‘Ik Campaign’ and our target is getting at least six thousand people to donate N1, 000 only to make up the required N6m. Even at that, so many people have been magnanimous enough to contribute more than the ‘1k’ that is our target per individual. We will publish the full list of donors online and in the print media when we have reached our N6m target.”

Akpovi-Esade called on individuals, corporate bodies and even the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan CON as well as his Lagos counterpart Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN to provide some funds for the medical trip of citizen Obi to India. “This is a passionate appeal to the Governor of Delta State Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan (CON) to make available some funds to assist the family in meeting the medical expenses of Mr. Obi. Also, the Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) should do something to bring smiles to the faces of the family members of this dying man by assisting in paying part or all the medical bills for this life saving surgery to be done on him urgently. To all corporate bodies reading this piece, kindly use this as part of your CSR. We thank all the people that have contributed to this Save Obi Campaign so far and call on others to please part with your ‘1k’.”

The account details provided by the family are as follows: Fidelity Bank plc, account name: Obi Solomon, account number: 6017813702.

Before his ailment, Obi worked as Supervisor in Spintex Mills Nig. Limited (Sun Flag Group) from 2000-2008. He was laid off because of the ailment.