Now that ovarian cancer patient, Mayowa Ahmed is dead, Nigerians are waiting for the crocodile tears from those who unwittingly hastened her death.
But what many have not gotten around to is the fact that the Nigerians in us hastened her death after the way and manner her issue was handled both by the media and those who had taken up the fight to save her life.
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After battling cancer for months, and with doctors allegedly telling her family the case was at the stage IV level and with no hope of survival, her family still had the faith that a miracle, no matter how little it was, could still save her.
Then they came out with an appeal tagged #SaveMayowa, pleading with Nigerians to come to their aid so she could be flown abroad for treatment, in the hope she could still be saved.
Nollywood actress, Toyin Aimakhu, and the Life Stake Foundation, headed by Aramide Kasumu, took up the challenge, to sensitize Nigerians to donate money to the Save Mayowa Funds.
Good intentions, you will say. But in the end, the same people who set out to help raise funds for the lady were the same people who hastened her death in the way they played out later in the day because they were either denied access to the funds or not given some percentage they wanted.
Aimakhu even went as far as reporting the matter to the police and accusing the family of using her to raise the money they never intended to use for the purpose of taking the lady abroad for treatment.
Even a top blogger was also part of those who hastened Mayowa's death by rushing to post that the fund raising was a scam. She followed by reporting she had interviewed top officials at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and was told they never recommended that the family should take Mayowa out of the country for treatment.
Though she later gave a half-hearted apology when the police came out with their findings that the whole issue was not a scam, she still found a way to exonerate herself, playing the victim in the case.
But all in all, the whole drama must have contributed to the worsening situation Mayowa found herself and must have added to the strain she was going through.
Our medical system too should be blamed for what later became of Mayowa's fate. It was later realized that when she became ill some years ago, doctors did not diagnose the cancer on time and rather attributed her situation to sickle cell anemia. It was after the cancer had eaten deep into her that it was noticed and at that time, it had become a hopeless case.
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Now that Mayowa is dead, we are waiting for the crocodile tears to start flowing. Toyin Aimakhu should also take to her now famous Instagram account to shed some tears for Mayowa but she should remember that posterity is waiting in the wings.
The powerful blogger should also release a statement to justify her position in the drama that she helped in fanning its embers.
We are waiting.