Former Abia State governor Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu is battling serious health issue, his media aide, Kunle Oyewunmi, has confirmed.
Unsubstantiated reports earlier emerged that the chieftain of the All Progressives Congress was in critical condition and was flown abroad.
Kunle in a statement on Friday that the ex-governor flew to Germany last Monday for “a major surgery” to address “an undisclosed and life-threatening ailment.”
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He quoted Kalu’s wife, Ifunanya, as saying that the surgery was successful, adding that the ex-governor had regained consciousness.
“Although the surgery was successful, my husband will still have to be monitored closely by a medical team for at least four months in order to prevent complications.
“His condition is improving gradually. He will be fine, if he is able to keep to his doctor’s advice.
“We appreciate the prayers and kind words from friends, associates, well-wishers and Nigerians in general,” the media aide quoted Ifunanya to have said.