Former Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has relatively been under wraps for sometime. It emerged on Sunday what the reason could be.
Atiku made the revelation in a tribute to former governor of Bayelsa State, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha.
The Turaki Adamawa said he had been battling a leg problem but did not disclose the nature of the illness.
Of Alamieyesseigha, Atiku said: “It was only a few days ago that he came to visit me, and wished me well as I recover from my leg procedure”.
His words:“No one can dispute the fact that the late Governor General of the Ijaw nation, as he was fondly called, stood firm like a rock in preserving the interest of the Ijaw people, is, and was a strong supporter of democratic governance in Nigeria.
“The news of the demise of Alamieyeseigha came to me as with many Nigerians as a rude shock. He was a true leader of the Ijaw people, and also contributed his own quota in the development of Bayelsa State when he was governor of the state.
“I recall with fond memories the deep appreciation which the late Alamieyeseigha had for democratic governance in Nigeria. Irrespective of the divergent opinions of Nigerians about his legacies as the governor of Bayelsa State, Alamieyeseigha died earning the respect and admiration of the people of Bayelsa State and, I dare say, the people of Ijaw land. He was a friend and a brother and just like the people of Bayelsa State, I will miss him, too,” Atiku says.
” It was only a few days ago that he came to visit me, and wished me well as I recover from my leg procedure.”