Bauchi de­nies Mo­hammed’s ill­ness, blames op­po­si­tion, mis­chief mak­ers

The Punch - - TODAY - Arm­strong Bakam, Bauchi

THe Bauchi State Gov­ern­ment said it had noted with con­cern “ru­mours be­ing ped­dled by some mis­chief mak­ers” sug­gest­ing that Gov­er­nor Bala Mo­hammed, “is bed-rid­den and would not be back any­time soon to per­form his lead­er­ship du­ties.”

The Se­nior Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia to the Gov­er­nor, Mukhtar Gi­dado, had in a state­ment on Sun­day night said Mo­hammed had been hos­pi­talised.

The me­dia aide, in the state­ment, quoted the gov­er­nor as say­ing, “I am in a hos­pi­tal in Lon­don, but we strongly be­lieve that Al­lah is suf­fi­cient for us and He is able and ca­pa­ble to give us vic­tory! Cheers, suc­cess shall be ours In­sha Al­lah! Cheers to you all.”

But the gov­ern­ment, in a fresh state­ment signed by Gi­dado on Wed­nes­day, re­futed re­ports that the gov­er­nor was bedrid­den.

He said the gov­er­nor only had an ap­point­ment with his doc­tor in a hos­pi­tal in Lon­don where he had a mi­nor pro­ce­dure and af­ter which he went back to his tem­po­rary abode that same day.

He said, “Some mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion have, in the wake of the on­go­ing Supreme Court case, un­for­tu­nately in­sin­u­ated that His Ex­cel­lency is in the United King­dom for the ‘long haul’ be­cause of what they term to be his de­te­ri­o­rat­ing health con­di­tion.

“I wish to state that this du­bi­ous line of thought ex­ists only in the wicked and di­a­bol­i­cal world of the ru­mour mer­chants.

“Our gov­er­nor was away on med­i­cal ap­point­ment with his doc­tor, had a mi­nor pro­ce­dure and re­turned to his tem­po­rary abode same day. He even had a road walk barely three hours af­ter the pro­ce­dure.”

Gi­dado said those who were ac­tive on so­cial me­dia must have seen a pic­ture that the gov­er­nor per­son­ally posted, “look­ing rested and cheer­ful.”

“I can con­firm to the good peo­ple of Bauchi State that our gov­er­nor will be join­ing us soon as he per­son­ally in­di­cated in a so­cial me­dia feed this morn­ing.

“The gov­er­nor ex­tends his ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the end­less prayers, phone calls and mes­sages he has been re­ceiv­ing from the kind and lov­ing peo­ple of our state in par­tic­u­lar and other well wish­ers across Nige­ria,” he added.

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