By Emmanuel Nduka
Hours after the news of his sack came to him, Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman has reportedly been in shock, and is currently hospitalised at an undisclosed medical facility in Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday announced the dismissal of Mamman alongside Minister of Agriculture, Sabo Nanono, a development that came as a rude shock to the minister, as he would breakdown and collapse later.
“He collapsed yesterday and was immediately hospitalised. He wasn’t expecting to be fired so soon,” a family source told The Gazette under anonymity.
While the nature of Mamman’s ailment has not been disclosed, his spokesman did not return a request seeking comments.
63-year-old Mamman 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. 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,” the source added.