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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  • Du Covenant

    Thank you Madam. The so called first does not deserve any attention, she is a waste of space and good illustration of absolute power corrupts absolutely!.

    • KAL

      Not sure Patience Jonathan knew the import of her reckless talk! That Fani-Kayode even corroborated her hate speech was absolutely idiotic! Mrs. Folake Solanke was right to correct that impression and to showcase God’s grace in her life @ 83 when she is not only brain-alive but functioning even far better than GEJ and Patience combined. Those who live in glass houses should learn not to throw stones without caution.

  • Abdul

    I beg tell those bunch of idi*t.

  • tundemash

    Ma Solanke, at Otuoke and Patience’s hometown, people are brain-dead once they attain the age of 60yrs !

    Patience knows what she’s saying. She lives with Dumbo so knows a brain-dead man more than anyone else!

  • Yusuf

    They abused muslims, they abused christians, they abused northerners, they abused the military, old people, young alike, yet they want to win an election

    • Julius

      hahahahahaha..imagine that !!!

  • Dr.Dan

    I wonder why premium times politicize every news and event. This was a celebration of a great Woman and has nothing to do with Buhari and GEJ.

    • Jay

      You shut your trap if you can’t correlate issues. I challenge you to copy and paste here your condemnation of the said hate speech of the first lady. Bloody hypocrite!

    • I think you missed the point. Jonathan’s primitive divisive politics has also extended age groups. Since the campaign started Jonathan and PDP deliberately introduce age into their campaigns seeking to divide the youths and the elderly. His wife only expressed it more clearly. If Buhari is “Brain dead” because of age, Jonathan’s wife is saying that other old people are also brain dead! Jonathan and his group talk without thinking about the wider implications of what they say. So Ma Folake Solanke is right to debunk the careless statement of Mrs Jonathan.

    • Akin

      Between Bihari and Jonathan is only a space of 14 years. In spite of that, Buhari looks more healthy and trim. If in doubt, check the picture of the last embrace of Buhari and Jonathan after signing the peace accord in Abuja. Age is only in the minds. Some oldies are more vibrant, fit and smarter as the picture of Ma Solanke indicates. God sparing our lives, let us see how Mama peace will look like at 60.

    • Julius

      Moron, this is a newspaper. They report news…get it ? The woman brought the brain dead topic up herself. smh

  • Ma Folake Solanke is right to debunk the careless statement of Mrs Jonathan and Fani-Kayode who should known better. Jonathan and his group deliberately introduced the age factor to divide Nigerians along age line, having succeeded in dividing us along ethnic and religious lines. Jonathan deliberately sought to divide the youth against elderly people. Recently, I watched the interview of a 90-year woman animal conservationist on Aljazeera. This woman was lovely to watch. She was clear, articulate and with excellent memory much more than Jonathan at 58. Obviously, Mrs Jonathan goofed because by implication, she was referring to people of Buhari’s age and older, as brain dead.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    The woman is brain dead if she doesn’t know Buhari is brain dead. ((All Frogressive Confidence, Prof Osunbade, Indefendent Nigria Electoral Commission, etc.).