Nigerians should respect our grief – Suicidal doctor’s family

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Please respect our grief. This is a difficult time for us and we don’t want to make comments on this issue. It is not something to be celebrated. We are believing that he’s still alive. God still does miracles.

Those were the words of a man residents described as a father figure to Dr. Allwell Orji, who jumped into the Lagos lagoon on Sunday evening.

Orji, in his mid -30s, lived with his widowed mother, Mrs. Chinyere Orji, a retired banker at her 3, Odunukan Street, off Abule Ijesha, Yaba, residence.

The medical doctor was the first of the woman’s three children, and was unmarried.

At the two-storey building said to belong to the woman, journalists were denied access, with relatives appealing that their moment of grief be respected.

Family, church members, friends and colleagues of the doctor were said to be comforting his distraught mother, who it was gathered, has refused to accept he might be dead.

At the time our reporter got to the compound, two men were at the gate interrogating any unknown face attempting to enter the premises.

While one of them wore a kaftan, the other, who looked tired, had a t-shirt on.

He was later identified by a petty trader on the street as a father figure to the doctor.

Though calm and polite, both men insisted they didn’t want reporters in the premises. They said neither the woman nor anyone close to the family was ready to make comments on the development.

“You people don’t know what we have been through since yesterday. Please, respect our grief. This is not a case of a grandfather that died and we want to celebrate it. This whole issue has been difficult for us.

“The mother is up there, not talking to anyone. Not even us who are very close relatives. People have been around her since yesterday so that she doesn’t do anything drastic.

“She has yet to accept that he could be dead. She doesn’t even accept people’s sympathies and condolences. As a Christian, she’s believing God that a miracle could happen and that her son won’t die. She believes he’s just missing and would return alive.

“We can’t allow you in. We won’t also comment on it. Not today, not any day. We are not interested in talking about this issue. But I can tell you he’s not the person in the picture they have been circulating online. That’s not my doctor.

“So many falsehoods have been circulated online in respect to this matter. We are not too pleased about it, but we won’t be pushed to comment.”

At the Mt. Sinai Hospital, Olanibi Street, Papa Ajao, Mushin, were Orji worked, it was gathered that the doctor was on duty Friday night.

The hospital denied insinuations he might have been fired from his place of work to warrant committing suicide, insisting that he was a good doctor.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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