- Mayowa Ahmed’s family has denied its fund raiser claims to fly the graduate of University of Lagos (UNILAG) abroad for cancer surgery was not a scam.
- The family had raised $100,847 through the crowdfunding site gofundme.com, supported by popular Nigerians including actress Toyin Aimakhu.
- Additional donations that would be running into millions of naira were received through a bank account provided by his family.
However, on Thursday,a Nigeria popular blogger, Linda Ikeji reported that #SaveMayowa campaign was a scam. This report sparked controversy on social media.
According to Linda’s report, actress Toyin Aimakhu, who played a major role in requesting for funds, had reported the family to the police.
The report also claimed that doctors at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) said that they refused to give a referral for treatment to the family for
treatment abroad, because no hospital could save her.
The report caused serious controversy by dividing Nigerians on social media with a certain expression of anger and disgust to the family and others, critising blogger,
and Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) to insinuate that the family should not have pursued further treatment after being informed the cancer was at stage
As a result of the controversy, Mayowa’s family issued a statement,saying that they did not deceive Nigerians and they had made contacts with hospitals abroad and were
also concluding arrnagements to fly her abroad for treatment.
Furthermore, the family explained that it had also made contact with flying Doctors to fly Mayowa to oil-rich city, Dubai for treatment
contacted Flying Doctors Mayowa to fly to Dubai for treatment, while providing evidence of correspondence with a hospital abroad.
— #PrayforMayowa (@Asiwaju_Foye) July 28, 2016