GOVERNOR Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State is out of hospital in the UK and now recuperating in his London home after flying into the country last week for treatment on an undisclosed medical ailment.
Earlier this week, Governor Mohammed sent a message to the people of Bauchi State from London informing them that he was in the United Kingdom to seek medical care for an undisclosed condition. Today, he posted an update, informing them that although he travelled to London for medical reasons, he was not on admittance in hospital.
In his earlier message, the governor, who is expecting a Supreme Court ruling on last year’s governorship election in the state, expressed optimism of getting a favourable judgment at the apex court. He also used the opportunity to express his grievance with some of his party men whom he said he would deal with upon his return for plotting to sabotage his administration.
In a reaction to the governor’s initial message, it was reported that he was critically ill and would be in London for a while. However, Governor Mohammed’s spokesman, Muhammed Gidado, has countered that insinuation, pointing out that his boss is well and the medical trip to London was a mere routine check-up as prescribed by his doctors.
He said: “The Bauchi State Government has noted with concern, rumours being peddled by some mischief makers suggesting that His Excellency Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed is bed-ridden and cannot be back anytime soon to continue to perform his duties. Some members of the opposition have, in the wake of the on-going 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 who was away on a medical appointment with his doctor, had a minor procedure and returned to his temporary abode the same day.
“He even had a road walk barely three hours after the procedure. Those who are active on social media must have seen a picture his excellency 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. Finally, 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.”