Dr. Chris Ngige, Federal Minister of Labour and Employment was reported to have collapsed in Abuja yesterday, February 18, at the National Assembly while defending his Ministry’s budget before the House of Representatives Committee on Labour and had been rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Abuja for medical attention after passing out.
But Dr. Ngige has come out to deny the rumor saying it was ‘laughable’, and a failed cannon targeted at him by never-do-well politicians for selfish interest, as he is not presently in the country, let alone defending budget at the National Assembly.
“Dear friends, please disregard the wicked tissue of lies, contained in an online publication about an unfortunate incident said to have taken place today at the National Assembly and in which I was said to have been involved.
“I am not in Nigeria. I attended special morning session function in Zambia and am airborne to South Africa, from where I will be coming into the country tomorrow (today).
I have since Monday, February 15, 2016 been attending the 42nd Ordinary Session of the African Regional Labour Advisory Council, taking place in Zambia.
”The rumors in social media and other quarters shows how petty people can be, I don’t see it as anything but I wish to tell those who still play this outdated and obsolete politics of bitterness to embrace change and know that it is no longer business as usual
“The rumor has shown that I’m a great person. The late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe experienced such dangerous rumour. Those who peddle such rumor in history most often visit there before long.” he said.
It was gathered that the man who actually collapsed yesterday at the National Assembly was an unidentified visitor to the National Assembly, who suddenly took ill and in a bid to maintain his balance, held on to the door knob of Rm. 315 along the corridor, where he eventually collapsed.