Nigerian singer and member of the famous twin group P-Square, has made a compassionate plea to Nigerians to maintain social distancing, use hand sanitizer frequently, wear nose and mouth masks, and observe every available precaution to avoid getting infected with COVID-19, confessing that himself, two of his domestic staff, his beloved daughter and wife, all fell sick with COVID-19, describing the experience as terrible and uncomfortable. “My Wife, My Daughter and My self were Covid19 Positive🦠😢@TheOkoyes pls guys be safe out there🙏🏽🤢🦠,” he said on Saturday afternoon.
He and two of his domestic staff had tested positive to the novel corona virus and as they were isolated and receiving treatment within the house, his daughter fell ill with the same disease and despite doctors’ warning that they isolate the girl, his wife, Lola Omotayo-Okoye, could not bear to let the adolescent girl suffer alone in her room so she took her to the master bedroom. But just after the girl got treated, Lola herself fell sick and tested positive to the virus.
Peter, in an emotional video in which he controlled himself from breaking into tears, said he had pretended all the while and did not let his fans know about what he and his family and staff was going through. He said it was most difficult to only be able to communicate with his daughter via video call. He said he has lost a lot of weight which to him, was not bad.
Interestingly, ‘Lola Omotayo-Okoye had inadvertently joined her voice to the people asking for the whereabout of Abba Kyari (now late) early April this year. There were trending social media campaigns against the Executive of the Federal Government, accusing them of not disclosing the whereabouts of the president, his vice, and Abba Kyari, who was the chief of staff. She made a video to the effect, which got the attention of Bashir Ahmad, an aide of the presidency. See the screenshot below. Mr Ahmad had said in response to the video: “Though I really don’t know who this Lola is, but someone close to her should please tell her to leave Abba Kyari to recuperate in peace, he’s in Lagos and responding well to treatment. If it’s caring she should also use the same energy to ask the whereabouts of other COVID19 patients.” After someone drew her attention to the statement made by Ahmad, ‘Lola replied, “Thank you for the information. If you did not want the world to know that Abba Kyari tested positive for Covid-19 then y’all should have kept it to yourselves in the first place. Any of us can test positive, it is not a death sentence. May he recover fully! Amen!”
Peter Okoye, in a couple of videos yesterday, told his fans and every Nigerian that the disease is real and begged them to do everything possible to avoid getting infected with COVID-19.
The message from Peter Okoye was important as there have been pockets of insinuations that the disease is not real. The son of Raymond Dokpesi, a prominent journalist in Nigeria had alleged that the COVID-19 is a scam, saying that it was malaria he was being treated for all through his time in the isolation centre. Not long before he announced himself COVID-19 positive, governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, had said at a rally that PDP does not have COVID-19, that it is “their party” (refering to APC) that has corona virus. Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo also lend his voice to the narrative, although much of what he was quoted as saying, were concocted.
The misinformation that the COVID-19 is a hoax has become somewhat a political propaganda technique in Nigeria. So, it is hoped that honest disclosures like this one by Peter Okoye, will help to warn citizens of the country that the COVID-19 pandemic is real.