Leadership (Abuja)

31 December 2012

Nigeria: Gov Wada Recovering, Walks Around With Crutches - Doctor

Kogi State Governor Idris Wada, who was involved in a car accident Friday afternoon, is said to be taking some steps with the aid of crutches. One of the doctors attending to him at Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja, disclosed to this LEADERSHIP yesterday in Abuja.

Wada, who was rushed to the hospital on Friday night, suffered a broken thigh and has since undergone surgery.

The CMD, who addressed a news conference in Abuja on Saturday, explained that the governor was brought to the hospital at 8pm on Friday without any life-threatening injuries.

According to him, Wada was immediately taken to the theatre after his injuries had been assessed.

Also, contrary to some media reports that the driver of the ill-fated vehicle had died, LEADERSHIP reports that he is alive and responding to treatment.

A consultant haematologist with the state Specialist Hospital, Dr Attah Ahmed, who disclosed this to journalists yesterday in Lokoja, said the driver, Mr Jibrin Isah, was not in any danger.

He said, "The driver is in a very stable condition. He is responding to treatment. In fact, he even ate today (yesterday); there was no problem at all."

When LEADERSHIP visited the hospital where Isah was being treated, he was said to be sleeping.

Last Friday, Governor Wada's Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), somersaulted several times before plunging into an uncompleted building at Elete Emi Woro, between Prime Polytechnic and Salem University in Ajaokuta-Lokoja Government Area of the state, while returning from a function at Anyingba.

While the governor sustained thigh injury, his ADC died on the spot.

Northern governors urge prayers

Meanwhile, Northern States Governors' Forum (NSGF) has expressed sadness at the death of Governor Wada's aide de camp (ADC), ASP Idris Mohammed, who died in the fatal accident in which the governor was himself wounded.

While calling on Nigerians to fervently pray for the quick recovery of the governor, the forum described the death of the ADC as a big loss to Kogi State and Nigeria.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu, stressed the need for "prayers for Governor Wada in order to enable him fulfill his vision of a great Kogi State".

In a statement signed by the Governor Aliyu's chief press secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, the forum lamented that the incident came barely two weeks after the nation lost former Kaduna State Governor Patrick to a helicopter crash.

The statement prayed God to grant ASP Mohammed's soul eternal rest and his immediate family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Also, the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has expressed shock at the sad incident.

In a statement signed by the president of the association, Dr Osahon Enabulele, and made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday in Abuja, the medical group commiserated with the people of Kogi State over death of the governor's ADC, Mohammed Idris, in the auto crash.

Enabulele also commended Governor Wada for patriotically opting to receive medical treatment for his fractured femur in Nigeria, rather than flying abroad as is currently the norm amongst top political and public office holders in Nigeria.

He said, "We are very much convinced that if this faith in Nigerian doctors and health facilities is emulated by others, Nigeria in no time will become a destination point for medical tourism," the NMA said.

It prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased ADC eternal rest and the family and friends the strength to bear their loss.

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