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Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu Dies After Prolonged Battle With Leukemia

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H.E., Rotimi Akeredolu was the Executive Governor of Ondo State before his demise. He reportedly died in Lagos on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at the age of 67 years. It was gathered that Akeredolu was being managed by State House doctors up to his death as they could not fly him abroad due to his condition. Efforts were made to avail dialysis machines to be sent to his secret location in Lagos last week. The ailing governor had only returned to Nigeria in September following a three-month medical leave in Germany and recently proceeded on another one after he was directed by President Bola Tinubu to hand over power to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa. His deputy, Aiyedatiwa has been standing in as Acting Governor. Following his return to Nigeria in September, Akeredolu stayed in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital and tried to govern his state from there, leading to public outrage.

It was reported in January by one of the sources in the Alagbaka Government House that Akeredolu was treating leukemia.

“The governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has leukemia, he is really down, the source confirmed.

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood caused by a rise in the number of white blood cells in the body. For sufferers, the white blood cells crowd out the red blood cells and platelets needed by the body to stay healthy. White blood cells are potent infection fighters which grow and divide in an orderly way, as the body needs them. But in people with leukemia, the bone marrow produces an excessive amount of abnormal white blood cells, which don’t function properly. It is a cancer of blood-forming tissues that hinders the body’s ability to fight infections. The types that exist include acute lymphoblastic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia and chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

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Treatment for leukemia can be complex depending on the type of leukemia and other factors. However, some strategies and resources can help make treatment successful. According to WebMD Cancer Center, its symptoms may include weakness or fatigue, bruising or bleeding easily, fever or chills, infections that are severe or keep coming back, and pain in your bones or joints.Others may include headaches, vomiting, seizures, weight loss, night sweats, shortness of breath, and swollen lymph nodes or organs like the spleen.


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