Remember Patrick Sawyer who plagued Nigeria with the sub Saharan-prevalent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on July 25? The ashes of his cremated body are still in Nigeria.
With the current situation of things, the name Sawyer is as dreaded as names such as Anini, Iyamu and Oyenusi, which are synonymous with evil. His name brought deaths and sorrows to the country as many people died from complications from Ebola. Some of those, who lost their lives to Ebola, were Dr. Stella Adadevoh, a senior nurse in First Consultant Hospital, where Stella also worked, and several others in different parts of the country.
His ashes, which were however, rejected by his wife remains unpaid for.
We gathered that the Federal Government has also sought for the release of the ashes but the denier has refused, asking whoever the eventual claimant will be to pay the cremation fee of N700 Thousand Naira.
The question now is that the Federal Government had released the sum of N2Billion for the management of EVD. Medical professionals are asking why the Nigerian Government has refused to emulate the American Government by simply paying off the cremator, get the ashes of Patrick Sawyer and return to the Liberian Government or better still, the family as in the case of Eric Dunccan, the 42 year old Liberian who transited EVD into Texas, USA. After all, the ashes of a cremated Ebola corpse is not contagious.
Many people are now complaining that his ashes are not the type of things a nation should keep and that everything should be done to ‘pack the remains of the man away from Nigeria once and for all.’