Ekiti State Government has
described as misleading,
online publications claiming
that the State Governor,
Ayodele Fayose, promised to
fund the movement of the
corpse of late Nollywood
Actress, Moji Olaiya, from
Canada to Nigeria.
Fayose ’s Special Assistant on New Media, Lere
Olayinka, in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Monday,
described as irresponsible, the comment made by a
certain Olukayode Salako, claiming that Governor Fayose
declined request to assist with the flying of Moji
Olaiya’s corpse to Nigeria, Daily Post Nigeria reports.
“It is totally irresponsible on the part of the said
Olukayode Salako, who is said to be the husband of
Actress Foluke Daramola to have taken to the online
media to disparage the person of the governor when
even family members and genuine friends of the
deceased are mourning her and seeking means of
according her a befitting burial”, he said.
Lere maintained that there was no official
communication between the governor and Moji Olaiya’s
“On Thursday, last week, I was contacted on phone by a
journalist friend, Yomi Fabiyi, on the need for the Ekiti
State Government to assist in raising a sum of $15,000
needed to bring Moji Olaiya’s corpse to Nigeria.
“My immediate response was that an official request,
via a letter, should be made and that the letter will be
presented to the governor. I gave him my email address
to which I said the letter should be sent.
“On Friday, I informed the Chief of Staff to the governor,
Anisulowo of my telephone conversation with Yomi
Fabiyi, and my response that official letter should be
written to the governor.
“Up till today, the letter has not been sent and as such,
no official request has been made to the State
“When my attention was drawn to an online publication
that Governor Fayose had elected to fund the flying of
the deceased corpse to Nigeria, I called the journalist
who did the report and told him pointedly that no such
decision was taken by the governor.
“It was on the strength of this that Mr Yomi Fabiyi
issued a press statement on behalf of the Burial
Committee, stating that no request had been made to
the government of Ekiti State and the official letter
requested was yet to be sent.
“It, therefore, beats our imagination that certain
character like Olukayode Salako could take to the online
media to make derogatory comments on the governor,
purportedly on behalf of the family.
“While we condole with the Olaiya family of Ijesha Isu
Ekiti, Moji Olaiya’s friends, fans and colleagues in the
movie industry, we wish to advise that the family
should saddle only responsible people with the task of
according their daughter a befitting burial”, he stated.