Thursday, February 7, 2013

Enugu Governor Chime Returns After 140 Days


 Sullivan Chime 

At last, the Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Sullivan Chime, is back in the country after being away for 140 days reportedly treating an undisclosed ailment. Mr. Chime arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, this morning aboard a British Airways flight.  Some reports say he is still in Abuja at the Enugu State Government Lodge and is expected to come into Enugu on Friday where his protracted absence has caused considerable disquiet.

Chime had left the country in September to spend what the Enugu State Government said was his accumulated leave.  Initial reports said he was in India and critically ill. It was even remoured that he had passed away, a report that was strongly refuted by the Enugu State Government.  Later, reports confirmed he was in a London hospital. 

Visited In London By Three Nigerian Governors:
L-R: Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), Gabriel Suswan
 (Benue), Chime, and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers)

Recently, Mr. Chime was visited by three of his colleagues, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Gabriel Suswan of Benue State and Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, who took a photograph with him that was widely published and circulated on the internet.  

Chime had used the occasion to dismiss reports about the state his health, promising Enugu people that he would soon return to the state.  

 But an NGO, Save Enugu Group, was quick to dismiss the picture as “Government Magic”.  Asked the group in statement: “…if Chime is as fit as shown [in that picture], what is he still doing away from his duty post for over four months?”

A public affairs analyst said this morning that he hoped Chime’s return would not  turn out to be akin to that of former President Umar Musa’Adua.

“Okay, he is back, as they said. Let’s now see him return to his duty post, do his work visibly before the people of Enugu State, and prove to Nigerians that he is  hale and hearty, and that all that have been said about the state of his health are all lies. He must also realize that he owes  the Enugu people a convincing explanation on what had kept him away from the state for so long” he said. 


  1. Why wait till Friday to return to Enugu where he is highly awaited, where his absence has raised overwhelming dust? Somebody should tell him to hurry down to Enugu

  2. But should he just return like that, and then, it will be business as usual after such a long absence? Come, he has some explanations to give. And if his explanation is not convincing enough, he should be sanctioned

  3. He should not endanger his life, just because he wants to be governor at all costs. If he is not fit enough, he should leave office to take care of himself first. It is better to be alive to be any governor.

  4. Take care of your health, Sullivan, please, That is more important

  5. Health first before politics. But will they hear? Stop listening to hangers-on. That's how they deceived Yar'Adua. Once there is life, there is no limit to what you can achieve. Life first


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