by Isi Esene
Dr. Felix Ogedegbe of the CedarCrest Hospital, Abuja, who is treating the governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada, for injuries sustained in an autocrash on Friday has confirmed that he is in a stable condition after a successful surgery on his broken thigh bone.
According to the doctor, “When the governor was brought in at 8pm, we were told he was involved in a car accident. We checked him and explained the nature of his injuries to him. We also told him about our ability to manage his injuries. He had a broken thigh and he was taken to the theatre. The governor has since stabilised and he had a nice night. He said he does not want to be taken abroad for treatment because he has confidence in our capacity to manage him. There is no immediate need to fly him abroad.”
The special adviser to the governor on media, Jacob Edi told newsmen that the news conference was necessary to dispel rumours over the health of the governor.
He said, “The governor’s driver is alive and in stable condition. The governor is in a stable condition. I was at the hospital with him throughout the night and we shook hands this (Saturday) morning. He insisted that he would not like to be flown abroad for treatment because he believes in the competence of Nigerian doctors.”
The governor’s Aide-de-camp, Mohammed Idris, who died in the accident, has been buried in his hometown, Zaria, Kaduna State on Saturday.
The state health commissioner, Dr. Omede Idris said, “The governor is doing very fine; I am not yet in Abuja but he is in a good state. He had his surgery yesterday (Friday) and he never lost consciousness for one second. He is talking to people. I have spoken with him and we are going to his ADC’s burial.”
Sources, however, say the family of Governor Wada prefer he is flown abroad for treatment believing he would be better taken care of.
The source also said that they reckon that taking him abroad will shield him from sympathizers and give him ample space to recuperate.
According to the source: “The family feels the governor will get better treatment abroad since they can afford it.”