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‘I Had Malaria’ – Akpabio Opens Up On His Health After Reports Of Collapse



The Senate President Godswill Akpabio has opened up about his health after he was reported to have collapsed after his birthday colloquium on Thursday.

Reports on Thursday claimed that the former Akwa Ibom governor collapsed during the event and had to be rushed to the National Hospital.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Friday in his office, Akpabio explained that what happened to him was stress-induced, coupled with malaria.

He said: “After the event, it was a show of humanity, so I went home and called my doctors, and I was told I have malaria mingled with stress, and the stress could be described in another way – exhaustion.

“So anybody could be exhausted. I don’t see any problem. Just to assure Nigerians that the National Assembly is intact. We are still going on with our duty of appropriation. We’ll resume plenary on the 20th.”

Akpabio further expressed that he isn’t perturbed by the incident, as the National Assembly is always ready and willing to forge ahead with its duties.

He said, “This is to say that the work goes on. I want to assure Nigerians that the National Assembly is intact and we are still going on with our duty and our appropriation.

“We will resume on December 20. But before then, the various committees must have finished their work to enable us to meet the target of passing the budget before the end of the year for the president to append his signature.”