By Kemi Yesufu
One of the Nigerian doctors, who treated President Muhammadu Buhari’s son, Yusuf, has described his recovery as miraculous.
Dr. Biodun Ogungbo in an op-ed sent to Frontline News Online, expressed delight at Yusuf’s timely return to good health.
Ogungbo, a Consultant Neuro-Neuro-Surgeon, said he was recently honoured with , ‘The Gideon Award’ by women of the St Mathew’s Anglican Church in Maitama on Mother’s Day, for being part of the team that successfully managed the president son.
The First Son underwent surgery at Ceda-Crest Hospital Abuja before he was quietly flown to Germany for further treatment.
“It turns out I was the only male awardee. How embarrassingly delightful? The award was called, ‘The Gideon Award’ and apparently offered in light of the successful management of the President’s son, Yusuf Buhari, following his road traffic accident in December 2017.
“He has of course, made a miraculous recovery from his injuries and recently returned to the country following rehabilitation in Germany”, Ogungbo wrote.
“Truth be told, we were extremely lucky and blessed that Yusuf made a good recovery following what could easily have been a fatal accident.
“To be sure, it was a great opportunity for us to give glory to the Almighty God for sparing his life and then, glorifying our efforts in managing him in Nigeria.
” One should be grateful that God made it all end well. This therefore made the award a special one and an opportunity to give praise to God for healing Yusuf”, Ogungbo further stated.
Wife of the President, Hajiya Aisha Buhari recently announced the return of her son.
The decision to move the only son of the Buharis without making it public, can be traced to earlier denials that he will not be taken overseas for medical care.
Yusuf, was involved in a bike crash on Tuesday 26 December, 2017 in Gwarimpa in the Federal Capital Territory, suffered injuries to the head and limb.
On Tuesday January 2 president of the Guild of Medical Directors, Prof. Femi Dokun-Babalola in a statement disclosed that Yusuf , who underwent brain surgery in Abuja was assessed to be stable.
“We thank God for the return of our son Yusuf today after his medical trip. On land at the airport he was received by the Minister of Health (State) Dr. Osagie, while at the Villa he was welcomed by family members, Wife of the Vice President, the Interior minister”, Mrs Buhari had tweeted.
Please read the full text of the op-ed bellow:
A day in church for mother!
I was invited to attend St Mathew’s Anglican Church in Maitama on Mother’s Day. The invitation came via Professor Manny Aniebonam, the President/CEO of the AfriHUB Group of companies. AfriHUB is into ICT and engaged in building ICT resources and capacity building at Nigerian Universities. Prof MANNY as he is fondly called is also the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Alumni Network (NIDAN).
He nominated me for the award to celebrate Mother’s Day at the Church. The event by the Women’s group, was also for fund raising for some huge projects designed to benefit the entire community.
There was no choice. Therefore, off I went to church with some members of my crew. The Brain and Spine Surgery (BASS) Consortium is a team and we move powerfully in Abuja. So, I had a nurse and two physiotherapists in church on Sunday supporting the BASS ministry.
The church was full with all looking great in resplendent attires. The women especially, were radiant and happy, after all it was mothering Sunday. Mother’s Day is the day you spoil your mother or the mother of your children. As they say, ‘Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children’.
The service was prayerful, musical, enlightening and uplifting. The key message of the day was ‘Child parenting: in times like this’, delivered by the Vicar’s wife, Mrs Tayo Otoki. The truth is that bringing up children is a real job and demands serious commitment. Children must be brought up to respect God and their parents. They must be instilled with discipline, good character and a sense of pride. Channeling their lives and direction to become worthy members of the community, contributing to the service of mankind is the reward for good parenting.
It was poignant for me as my own mother died many years ago. Poor girl, she died in my arms but that was no comfort whatsoever. A child should not have to bury his mother: the only person who truly loves you, unconditionally. Even on her sick bed, she was understanding and appreciative in ways that no one except a mother can be.
I remember my mother’s death like yesterday and certainly remember her life, full of unfulfilled promises and expectations. She gave so much without really enjoying the fruits of her labor. But, of course, that’s not why mothers do what they do.
A poem to mother
Ah, no! the thought I cannot bear,
And if God please my life to spare
I hope I shall reward thy care,
When thou art feeble, old and grey,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
It turns out I was the only male awardee. How embarrassingly delightful? The award was called, ‘The Gideon Award’ and apparently offered in light of the successful management of the President’s son, Yusuf Buhari, following his road traffic accident in December 2017. He has of course, made a miraculous recovery from his injuries and recently returned to the country following rehabilitation in Germany.
Truth be told, we were extremely lucky and blessed that Yusuf made a good recovery following what could easily have been a fatal accident. To be sure, it was a great opportunity for us to give glory to the Almighty God for sparing his life and then, glorifying our efforts in managing him in Nigeria. One should be grateful that God made it all end well. This therefore made the award a special one and an opportunity to give praise to God for healing Yusuf.
Other awards on the day were given to 16 women who had excelled in service to the Lord and the community in general. There were awards for Mrs Nnenne Mbandinuju and Mrs Charlotte Tam-George (Mother of Zion award) and the award for Women of Valor and Women of Virtue went to various other women of exemplary character and métier.
I must not fail to mention the music and dancing at the St. Mathew Maitama church service. Goodness, it was really fabulous and a wonderful sight for the eyes to behold. Everyone danced and sang with sonorous voices. Further, the dancing was committed, energetic and full of vigor. Some of the special dance on display were aesthetic, symbolic, as they navigated through the different languages and cultures in Nigeria.
Honestly, with such energetic activities, my physiotherapists will soon be out of work.
In all, a wonderful day in church for mother; with memories that will linger on my mind for a very long time….all in honor for mothers everywhere, and the wonderful roles they play every day in the society.