Two foreign-based Nigerian medical professionals have died from COVID-19 (Coronavirus). One of them, identified as Olumide Okunnuga, was based in Italy and the second Nigerian, who has not been identified, was based in London.
Okunuga, until his death was the President of Egbe Omo Yoruba, Emila Romagna and Vice-President of Yoruba National Community in Italy.
The 64-year-old pathologist from Ikenne Remo, in Ogun State, had lived in Italy for 35 years.
He was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Canada, a country which has recently been hit by the deadly virus.
His daughter, Bolanle Okunuga, was said to be devastated over the death of her father.
“His death has left the Yoruba community in Italy totally devastated. We have lost a very great man who is in the apex of his career,” an official of the Egbe Omo Yoruba, who did not want to be named, said.
Ayishat , the UK-based Nigerian who broke the news, has urged Nigerians and other blacks to disregard the claim that coronavirus cannot affect them.
“My cousin who is a doctor and in her early 30s died of Coronavirus this morning for anyone irresponsible enough to think black people are immune.
“If you think that being a Nigerian, an African or black makes you immune to the now spreading and dreaded Coronavirus, then, you may just have been lying to yourself.” Ayishat said.