CONTRARY to rumours making the rounds in social media that the knee operation done for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has gone weary, those in the know said nothing can be further from truth than such unfounded rumour.
According to those who spoke to ENCOMIUM Weekly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) leader’s knee operation was not only successful but the man himself is recuperating fast and well.
Amongst those who spoke to us is a local council chairman who was one of the Lagos LG chairmen who paid the former governor a get well soon visit in his London residence.
According to him, “Tinubu is a unique human being. Many who did the same operation he did would still be bedridden by now but the man is already walking on his two legs with the assistance of his physiotherapist.”
“Don’t believe the nonsense some people are saying that his leg has been amputated. He is walking on his two legs and hale and hearty. Very soon he will join us in the country,” he concluded.
ENCOMIUM Weekly also spoke to Hon. Bayo Osinowo, a.k.a Pepper, a top ranking member of Lagos House of Assembly and a close associate of Asiwaju Tinubu, who we gathered is with him in London. “As you are speaking with me right now, I am in his house and he is doing his exercise on the bicycle,” he said.
When we implored him to give the handset to Asiwaju Tinubu, so that we could speak with him he declined but assured us that he (Tinubu) is well and recuperating well too.
Mr. Sunday Dare, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s spokesman also confirmed what the two previous speakers said about the state of health of the astute politician. His words, “I just left London three days ago, he is in perfect health. He is walking on his two legs. He is recuperating well and in the next one week he should join us in Lagos.”
ENCOMIUM Weekly: We gathered that he is in London now and the operation was done in America, when did he come to London?
SUNDAY DARE: 10 days ago. I think the onus of proof is on those who are carrying the rumour that the operation was not successful. Let them proof it.
Where in America did Asiwaju do his operation?
In Chicago. Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu went for knee operation in Illinois, Chicago, USA, on August 5, 2013. The problem on the knee was said to have been as a result of sports injury in the past and which was further aggravated by rigorous political and family related activities.
The knee surgery operation and recuperation from it has been the reason Asiwaju Tinubu has not been seen in public for quite a while now. The last time he was seen in public was during the eighth day Fidau prayer of his late mother, Alhaja Abibat Mogaji, on June 23, 2013, at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.
He was conspicuously absent at the 40th day prayer of his other on July 26, 2013.
He was also conspicuously absent on August 16, 2013, when All Progressives Congress (APC), the political party he spearheaded was registered.
Asiwaju’s absence from public became more noticed by a lot of people during the burial and eighth day prayer of Pa Ademola Fashola, the father of Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 and August 13, 2013 respectively.
It was after this that a press statement was released by Asiwaju’s media aides to effect that he was in United States of America for knee surgery operation. Since this announcement, however, the social media has been agog with different stories about the success and otherwise of the surgery operation.