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Sacked power minister, Engr. Sale Mamman says he was hibernating at a five-star hotel, Transcorp Hilton, after leaving the hospital because the doctor said he needed rest.
TECHNOCRAT MEDIA reported that on Wednesday the minister collapsed in Abuja and landed at the hospital after he heard the news of his sack by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Peoples Gazette, in an interview with BBC Hausa, the dismissed minister admitted that he had been ill and receiving treatment since last weekend.
“Even before the sack was announced, I have been seriously ill. I had not even gone to the office since earlier in the week. So, yesterday (Wednesday) and today (Thursday), I also went back to the hospital for another round of checkups,” Mamman said. “The doctor instructed that I needed some rest. So, I remained at one place to rest.”
The ex-minister mentioned that he found a “serene and quiet” place to “rest,” explaining why he stayed away from his house.
“I found a serene and quiet environment to rest and take medication as recommended by the doctor,” Mamman added “I didn’t stay at home because sympathisers are trooping to console me. This would prevent me from resting and convalescing on time. But I was also not hospitalised, and I didn’t faint as reported.”
Before the dismissed minister’s comments, The Gazette, an online newspaper some days ago reported that Mamman had been quietly receiving treatment at a hospital in Abuja.
The dismissed Minister was said to have been living at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja for more than three weeks on the bills of some powerful interests in the power sector, who were hoping he would still be in the office to be able to award lucrative contracts.
“He has been living permanently at Transcorp Hilton since early August,” sources told The Gazette. “His bills were being covered by elements in the power sector who were looking forward to more lucrative contracts before the bad news of his dismissal struck yesterday.”
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