Man suffering tumour of the jaw gets reprieve as Omoilu Foundation picks N.55m medical bill
Sikiru Sunmola, 37, is a native of Ala Ijebu in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State, but resides in Ibadan, Oyo State with his mother.
Due to paucity of funds, Sikiru could not further his education beyond Secondary School and in a bid to help his poor parents make ends meet, he was employed as a factory worker in an aluminum factory and worked in the company with the hope of becoming somebody in the near future and perhaps overcome poverty.
That hope loomed large in his heart until May 19, 2009 when he sustained what his parents then called a minor tear in his mouth after falling off a motorcycle on his way home from work.
But fate had a surprise in stock for him when in 2010 doctors at a specialist hospital in Abeokuta, Ogun State, discovered that what was thought to be a minor injury had transformed into tumour of the jaw and a minor surgery must be performed immediately to prevent it from wreaking further havoc to his jaw.
For seven years Sikiru’s parents moved from one relative to the other; they approached well-meaning Nigerians seeking help, all to no avail.
Reprieve finally came the way of Sikiru in February, 2017 when his 72-year old father, Pa Sunmola Adeneye was glancing through one of the daily newspapers and discovered how Omoilu Foundation paid a large sum of money to correct a benign tumour of muscular and fibroid tissues of one Miss Toluwalase Opeyemi of No. 54, Kugba Street, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
His words: “I have been moving round with Sikiru for eight good years, knocking on the doors of relatives and well-meaning Nigerians to seek financial assistance, all to no avail. Many of them got irritated when they see Sikiru. At a point, I decided not to move round again as nothing was forthcoming. It was as if I have been wasting my time and subjecting Sikiru to hardship and embarrassment seeking help all around.
“In February, this year, I was going through one of the old newspapers in my house and I came across how Senator Buruji Kashamu-led Omoilu Foundation paid a huge amount of money for the surgery of one Miss. Toluwalase Opeyemi. At first, I taught it was a lie. I never believed in all these Foundations. It was Sikiru that encouraged me to make a trial and we wrote a letter with Sikiru’s picture attached to it.”
Pa Sunmola added, “Three days later, as I was about to take my breakfast, I received a call from the State Coordinator of the Foundation, Otunba Niyi Osoba directing me to come to Ijebu Igbo with Sikiru. On getting to Ijebu Igbo, he told us that the Chairman of the Foundation, Senator Kashamu had given his approval for the surgery to be performed with immediate effect. It was like a dream as I never believed we could get help from anybody again after moving round for seven years. I am glad to announce to Nigerians that the surgery was successfully carried out on Wednesday, April 11, 2017 at the University Teaching Hospital (UCH), Ibadan and my boy is recuperating fast.
“I couldn’t believe that my boy can still leave a normal life as most of his schoolmates and friends had abandoned him because of his swollen jaw. Words are not enough to thank Senator Buruji Kashamu for this extra-ordinary gesture. How would I have got the money for the surgery? The media officer of Omoilu Foundation, Mr. Oyejide Sunkanmi was here for three days on behalf of the Foundation to support us. The good Lord that I serve will not depart Senator Kashamu and his family. I will visit him to show appreciation as soon as the boy is discharged from here.”