The immediate past governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is dead but some Nigerians believe he had prophesied his own death when he jokingly said he used to pray to God to let him clock 70, saying he would be fine once he achieved that.
He made the expensive joke in an interview at Splash FM Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Before now, precisely Thursday, June 18, 2020, Ajimobi’s death went viral on social media as many Nigerians tweeted that the ex-governor had died at the First Cardiologist and Cardiovascular Consultants Hospital in Lagos days after testing positive for coronavirus but the rumour was later debunked but some still believe his death is coronavirus-related.
The current news of his death was published on social media by Akin Alabi, Nigerian Lawmaker representing Egbeda/Ona-Ara Federal Constituency in Oyo state.
He confirmed the ex-governor’s death on Thursday, June 25, 2020, on Twitter as he passed on at the age of 70.
Nigerians have unearthed video interview of the late ex-governor of the ‘expensive joke’ that they thought might have cost him his life.
Power of the tongue. He said it already. Rest in Peace Abiola Ajimobi!☹️ pic.twitter.com/tKmTvBvOJc
— FUTA'S Own PR♥️ (@kunleofofo) June 25, 2020
The interview was granted after he celebrated his 70th birthday though he also he asked God to extend his life to 96
The rumour of his death before now was refuted by his daughter-in-law, Fatima Ganduje-Ajimobi, who is married to his son, Idris Ajimobi. His spokesperson, Bolaji Tunji also denied the rumoured death.
Ajimobi served as a senator from 2003 to 2007. After a few unsuccessful attempts, he won the 2011 governorship election.
He was the governor of Oyo State from 2011 to 2019. He was the first Oyo governor to serve two terms. He is survived by his wife and children