Sunday, February 22, 2009
SHEHU OF BORNU, ANOTHER ONE DIES IN A FOREIGN HOSPITAL!
Last month, it was the former governor of Yobe State that died in a Florida USA hospital, this time around, it is another high-up in Nigeria, the Shehu of Bornu, Mustapha Umar El-Kanemi! The ruler of Kanem-Bornu died in an Egyptian hospital at age 85, on Saturday, February 21, 2009. Although of advanced age, but were there to be a working medical facility in Nigeria, may be the time wasted in flying a "comatose-patient" from Maiduguri to a Cairo hospital would have been avoided. Also an immediate medical attention soon after he collapsed, could have prolonged his rather fragile life for the people of the former Kanem-Bornu empire to continue to cherish? But no, as the evil-spirit holding Nigeria down, will not let her government do something to revamp the moribund health-care in the country. Icheoku says, shameless as they are, these officials fly to hospitals around the world for medical attention like a beggarly people; instead of spending some of the money they steal to provide a world-class health care system and center in Nigeria? The late ruler was flown to Egypt on Thursday February 19, 2009, following a "cardiac-arrest" which led to his collapse at his palace. He ascended the throne of his fathers in 1974 and remained the king for thirty-five years until his death in 2009. He was the fourteenth Shehu of Bornu of the El- Kanemi dynasty of Kanem-Bornu empire? Icheoku says, sleep on Shehu and may Nigerian government feel ashamed in having their high-ups die in foreign hospitals?