How Speaker, Yakubu Dogara Almost Died - Dele Momodu
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogar, stopped breathing at some point in his childhood, forcing neighbours to ask his father to “bury this boy”, as he moved from one health crisis to the other.
This was revealed in his biography, ‘A Reed Made Flint’, authored by media mogul, Dele Momodu.
Dogara’s father is said to have asked the sympathetic undertakers: "How can I bury such a promising boy"?
Saratu, Dogara’s mother, actually thought his son would die — despite the extraordinary fact that he spent an extra three months in the womb.
Momodu wrote: "Such was the frailty of the boy’s health that most people would even say it to Saratu’s hearing that she was nurturing a boy doomed to die in infancy. They had their reason.
"Dogara was very sickly as a child. Despite its immense healthy atmosphere, the weather of Gwarangah and this scion of the Ganawuris were seemingly at eternal loggerheads. The health challenge worsened when Dogara was five years old. Dogara himself could not pin-point what was really wrong.
"I cannot express it,” he told Momodu.
“But I wasn’t just a normal child health-wise. I knew something was drastically wrong. I sometimes had some kind of attacks and in most cases I would faint. I can’t say what was wrong most of those days until I was taken to Vom Christian Hospital near Jos. Since I was operated on, many years after that, I was never sick again.
"Sometimes in the morning, he would be very healthy, buoyant and full of life,” Saratu told Momodu.
"But by noon, his condition would suddenly make a volte-face and you would never believe it was the child that earlier effervesced with life,” she added.
"Wherever she was, even when in the church or outside, people would call her, alerting her, yet again, to her son’s swooning spell.
"During one of those spells, Dogara actually stopped breathing!” the author wrote.