Above is Authur Nzeribe living like an invalid at his country home in Orlu, IMO State.
At the height of his life, he lived in Nixon Hilton Hotel Abuja Presidential Suite for over 20yrs. So also Federal Palace Hotel, Lagos. He rode on Rolls Royce cars IN London and Lagos. Had Mansions in major cities of the world. Had private jets. Was one time an enfant terrible of Nigeria's Politics. He helped led IBB to June 12 inbroglio and Late Abatcha's attempted transmutation to Civilian President in 1998.
Today, he lives a pathetic life at the mercy of aides and Nurses. Life is moving on in Nigeria and the world without him. Money, cars, houses, private jets, and jet life are all Vanities upon Vanity.
Arthur Nzeribe reacts to angry social media post, says ‘I’m hale and hearty’
Chief Arthur Nzeribe, sitting languidly somewhere
The Senator who represented the Imo Orlu constituency of Imo State from May 1999 to May 2007 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, Francis Arthur Nzeribe, has reacted to a social media post which had taken a swipe at his person.
Earlier in the week, a young woman who claimed to be a relation of Nzeribe’s had posted some photos of the aged politician on the social media, claiming that she felt related to the senator only on account of their mutual surname, Nzeribe.
The controversial post seemed to infer that the politician had been unwell.
However, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, in a statement released by one Mr. Collins Ughala who identified himself as Nzeribe’s Chief Press Secretary, the politician informed his teeming supporters and the generality of Nigerians that he was “hale and hearty and not struck by stroke, as being suggested in some quarters.”
Here’s the press release, “The attention of Chief Senator Francis Arthur Nzeribe has been drawn to the hateful speeches going on against him in the media, especially the social media, including the unfounded rumour that he has a stroke.
“Chief Nzeribe should have ignored this hateful rumour, but to set the record straight, this brief response is offered to the effect that the rumour is false, as I don’t have a stroke.”
“At 79 years old, I am hale and hearty and not suffering from a stroke. I am not in my community, Oguta, in Imo State. I am resting in my house in Abuja. And I thank God for keeping me healthy and allowing me see old age.
“Life and death are in God’s hands, and God willing, I will remain hale and hearty and not suffer a stroke until such a time when God calls me home. And no amount of hateful speech can change or alter God’s plans for me or anyone else.
“I am not suffering from stroke and I cannot wish anyone to suffer stroke. But to those manufacturing and spreading this hateful speech against me, I wish them the best.
“God has deemed it fit for me to see old age in good health, and there is nothing more to ask from God.”
This is not the first time that the senator would be debunking rumours of ill health and death about himself, though.
In 2015, Chief Nzeribe had debunked a rumour that he was terminally ill and that his wife had abandoned.
As is the case in the present circumstance, Ughala had set the records straight by explaining that the septuagenarian had only had “a domestic accident which resulted in some pains in his hip region, and he had to be hospitalised in Nizamiya Hospital in Abuja.”
He added then that Nzeribe was hospitalised for “just 10 days after slipping in his house;” after he successfully underwent surgery to repair a cracked hip bone that resulted from the fall.
Chief Francis Arthur Nzeribe was born on November 2 , 1938, in Oguta Imo State. (NAN)