Senior citizens living inside the Presidential Hilltop Estate, Abeokuta, Ogun State where former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s residence he donated as isolation centre for suspected coronavirus patients is located have rejected the gesture.
They said the isolation centre puts them at risk of contracting the virus.
Recall that the former President had last Friday given up the 32-room house.
The elders revealed they have written a Save-Our-Soul letter as they intend to escalate the concerns to Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State this week.
One of the residents was quoted as saying, “We read it in the news with rude shock and disbelief that the former President has donated his former residence located at the Presidential Hilltop Estate in Abeokuta to be used as isolation centre for victims of the dreaded coronavirus disease.
“While we thank the former President for his patriotic and philanthropic gesture, the purpose of this gift at this point in time is utterly reprehensible and therefore unacceptable.
“As elders, we have discussed and we have made our position known in the letter which shall be delivered to the office of His Excellency, the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, as soon as possible.
“There is no doubt that sitting such an isolation centre in a residential estate is highly inimical and indeed a threat to the health of residents, many of whom are old people, who are more vulnerable to the attack of the dreaded pandemic.
“Should the government accept this gift for the intended purpose, would it not be a willful invitation to the untimely death of the aged in this community? For instance, Baba Olatunde Abudu is well over 91 years old and most of us are in our late and early 70s.”
The elder explained that aged old residents of the Presidential Hilltop Estate had confidence that the governor would come to their aid.
He said, “We sincerely appreciate the various steps being taken by the governor to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and we also pray for the quick recovery of the victims across the nations as well as permanent stop to this deadly virus.
“We have no doubt that Governor Dapo Abiodun will save our soul from this donation from the former President.”
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