At 83, I’m not brain-dead – Solanke, SAN 

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Folake Solanke, has said that it is possible to be old and not be brain-dead.

Speaking at the Centre for Values in leadership Colloquium, Mrs. Solanke said, “The event today has categorically proven that people who attain the age of 70 years and above are not brain dead.

“I thank Professor Utomi for hounoring Professor Sagay at 74 and me at 83. Truly and certainly we are alive and brain-alive! Praise God!! Hallelujah!!!”

Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, had on March 4 at the People’s Democratic Party’s Women Presidential Campaign Rally in Lokoja, Kogi state capital, said the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress, Muhammadu Buhari, is brain-dead.

 “Wetin him (Buhari) dey find again? Him dey drag with him pickin mate. Old man wey no get brain, him brain don die pata pata,” Mrs. Jonathan had said in Pidgin English.

While Mr. Buhari turned 72 last December, Nigeria’s President and the PDP’s presidential flag-bearer, Mr. Jonathan, is 58.

Supporting the first lady, the PDP’s presidential campaign in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Femi Fani-Kayode, said Mrs. Jonathan was right to have said the APC candidate is brain-dead.

“The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, was absolutely right. To say that General Buhari is “brain dead” is an understatement and to suggest that he is suffering from dementia is nothing new,” Mr. Fani-Kayode said.

He said Mrs. Jonathan had spoken about the mental condition of the APC candidate in a courageous and forthright manner.

He also called on APC members calling for the first lady’s head to leave her alone.


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