Former Lagos State governor and leader of opposition Action Congess of Nigeria, ACN, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has assured his teaming supporters that he is in stable health and would return to Nigeria this week.
The ACN leader also described his rumoured il-health as the handiwork of his detractors who are bent on smearing his public image.
In a statement in Lagos on the health of the former Lagos State governor and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) National Leader, the Special Adviser (Media), Mr. Sunday Dare, said the frontline politician is in sound health.
The statement reads: “The attention of the TMO has been drawn to the report on a relatively unknown online publication about the health status of Asiwaju Tinubu. The story is malicious and patently false.
“It is the figment of the wicked imagination of the writer and fits perfectly into the smear political campaign by his political opponents, which began last year to wish him ill, to weaken his political clout and get him out of the way.
“The sponsors of this campaign of calumny are known and will soon be unmasked. This is not new. There is a pattern here. It began with the attempt to use the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to shut Asiwaju up, which woefully failed. Then, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) case, which turned out to be pure political witch-hunt based on fabricated and unsubstantiated allegations. Again, he triumphed.
“The rumour over his ill-health, which has been on for almost a year now, is the latest ploy of his political detractors to taint his rising political profile.
“We wish to state for the record and without any iota of doubt, that Asiwaju Tinubu enjoys good health and continues with his normal political and business activities. These activities have necessitated trips in and outside Nigeria from time to time.
“Ordinarily, Asiwaju Tinubu would not have responded to the unfounded rumour being peddled about his health, but due to the torrents of calls from friends, family, political and business associates, and the undue anxiety being generated, this clarification becomes necessary.
“Asiwaju Tinubu will return to the country this week, as soon as he completes the business that necessitated his trip outside the country.”
The frontline politician urged the peddlers of the rumour to spend their time on better things, adding: “I am engaged daily with thoughts and activities on how to move this country forward and make it better for millions. We are confronted with finding solutions to the more urgent problems of unemployment, grinding poverty, corruption, hopelessly bad infrastructure and a government badly in need of good advice.
“These diversionary tactics to distract me from the urgent task at hand has already failed. Those who think I am paralysed in the body and, unfortunately, are the ones paralysed in the minds and who need urgent medical help.”
The statement urged millions of Tinubu’s followers that the former Lagos State governor is enjoying sound health.
“It is a settled matter. Asiwaju is hale and hearty. He enjoys good health and will be around much longer than many wish,” the statement added.
Speaking on the telephone on Channel Television yesterday, Tinubu said: “I assure all that there is no cause for alarm. I am hale and hearty. I will soon return to the country”.