By Olasunkanmi Akoni
LAGOS—Renowned activist and Chairman of the June 12 Coalition of Democratic Formations, Mr Alfred Ilenre on Tuesday lauded the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his timely intervention to save his life.
Ilenre who was at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa Secretariat, said he deemed it fit to come and pay gratitude to the Governor for extending a helping hand to him, which has helped him recover and get back on his feet.
He said the Governor had taken notice of his health condition during the commemoration of this year’s June 12 1993 Presidential Election at the Blue Roof, Lagos Television, when he had to be helped up the stage while his goodwill message was read by someone else.
“When it was time to read my goodwill message, as I stood up, my legs started wobbling and I just blacked out. It was noticed, but we quickly beckoned on one of our very resourceful activists, a lady called Titilope Akosa, who is a member of the June 12 Coalition. She read my statement eloquently and then we outlined our tablet of issues that the government should look into”, he said.
He said three days after the event he received a call from a doctor informing him that the Governor had directed that his health condition be monitored, followed up and the appropriate steps taken.
“I marvelled. For an Executive Governor of a very busy state like this to have time to look into such issues that certain people will look upon as minor. The following day, I was given a letter to go to Diagnostic Centre and they did about 12 investigations on my body including the kidney, heart and then sent the result to the doctor”, he recounted.
The diagnosis according to him, revealed a disorder in his left lung, which he said was as a result of a serious accident he sustained in Ghana in 1998 during the NADECO crisis, which was life threatening.