…As Jonathan visits Kogi gov in hospital
From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday visited Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State, at the Cedarcrest Hospital, Abuja where he is recuperating from the injuries he sustained in last Friday’s car crash. The President who arrived the private hospital in Garki II, with a few aides, was received by the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, and the hospital’s Chief Medical Director (CMD), Felix Ogedengbe, before he was ushered into the governor’s ward.
Clad in a brown and cream strip attire with a red cap, Jonathan emerged 15 minutes, and returned to the State House, without speaking to the Press, though he exchanged pleasantries with hospital, staff and journalists around. Speaking to newsmen later, the CMD reaffirmed that the governor was doing well after surgery and will be discharged from hospital “in a few days”.
According to Ogedengbe, the governor “is already doing step-climbing. He is doing very well at the moment. You know it was a severe injury. We have continued to watch out for any other problem that he might have but at this stage, we have not seen any other problem at all. “From the medical point of view, he is quite healthy and he should be ready to go back home in a couple of days.
I can only at this stage tell you that he will be ready to go back home in a few days, but I won’t be able to tell you specifically which day. “He is not going to be in the hospital for weeks, he does not need to be here for weeks”. Wada’s Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Jacob Edi, expressed happiness with his boss’s stable condition, applauding the medical attention he has received so far.
“The governor is hale and hearty and of a sound mind. He had undergone surgery for the broken bone in his thigh and the surgery was successful.“He has been receiving high profile visitors and apparently to cap it up, is the visit of the President.” Edi said that the governor would not be flown abroad for further medical treatment as he was receiving adequate medical attention at the hospital, noting that the governor has confidence in the nation’s medical system. On the reported fear of the governor’s security in the hospital, he said, “from the eyes of men, the hospital could be small and there could be the fear of security, but security belongs to God.
We believe that God will protect him.” The governor’s convoy was involved in an accident last Friday in which his aide-de-camp (ADC), ASP Mohammed Idris, died on the spot. The team was returning to the state capital, Lokoja from an official assignment when the governor’s car had a burst tyre.