Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, is ill and has been hospitalised in London for an undisclosed ailment.
It was gathered from a reliable source in London that the former military ruler was brought into London last week for urgent medical care, adding that the Chairman of the National Peace Committee had been sick for some time before the family took the decision to seek medical care for him outside Nigeria.
General Abubakar, as a result of his sickness, could not be in Ado Ekiti earlier in the past week for the Gubernatorial Peace Pact signed by all the 11 political parties and their candidates on Wednesday June 15, 2022. He was represented by Bishop Mathew Kukah and other members of the National Peace Committee.
Our correspondent learnt that General Abubakar could not celebrate his 80th birthday on June 13, 2022 as earlier planned because of the sickness that has confined him to hospital bed in London.
President Muhammadu Buhari, governors and other leaders through press releases and statements celebrated the elder statesman for his accomplishment, patriotism and ushering in democratic governance in Nigeria on May 29, 1999 after about two decades of military dictatorship.
According to our source, the health condition of General Abdulsalam calls for worry but his doctors are working to stabilise him and return him to good health.
“He was 80 years old last week and all plans to celebrate him in a big way by family, friends and associates could not materialise because he had to be brought to London for medical care. His condition is not deteriorating but calls for worry. He is not a young man at 80 but we are praying for good health for him.
“We don’t know how long he will stay here. We hope he will return to Nigeria as soon as his health is better and allowed to go by his doctors. General Abubakar is a stabilising figure in Nigeria. He is well respected across board and we pray God grant him more years,” said the source who saw him in the last 48 hours.