The Kogi State Government had serially denied that Governor Yahaya Bello is not sick, claiming he was well and hearty.
This rumors spread especially due to his sudden disappearance from public glare in the past two weeks.
The governor was airlifted to an undisclosed German hospital, where he is taking treatment and possible surgery.
A source privy to the development said the governor traveled alongside his close associates.
According to the source, “The governor is not missing as being speculated.
“The fact is that he has a medical condition and decided to travel to Germany for medical treatment.
“He actually travelled with some close aides, including about two or three commissioners.
“He is expected back in the state within two weeks, after he might have recovered from the effects of the surgery.”
The governor traveled without notifying the State House of Assembly. He also did not handover to his deputy.
The absence of the governor has generated anxiety in the state, leading to rumors that Bello was down with a deadly ailment.
One APC chieftain in Kogi State, Alhaji Suleiman Abdulmalik, said the governor was well and that power mongers were just interested in taking over from the Governor.
“The governor is hale and hearty, enjoying his well-deserved rest outside the country after 10 months of hardworking and rigorous activities without rest since assumption of office.
“Governor Yahaya Bello is human and needs to rest so as to refresh in the task ahead.
“We are all mortals and every soul must taste death and power ultimately belongs to the Almighty God.
“People must live with this reality, which derived mainly from the Holy Scriptures.
Bello won the December 6, 2015, by-election in Kogi State without a deputy Governor. This was the first of such development in Nigeria.
The governor is rumored to be suffering from a rare form of eye cancer.