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Enugu State Governor Sulivan Chime returns to Nigeria after Prolonged Absence since September 2012



After a prolonged absence from Nigeria following his deteriorating health condition, the Enugu state governor Sulivan Chime has returned to the country. He has been asbsent from office since September 19th, 2012 after handing over the reins of governance to his deputy, Sunday Onyebuchi, who has been functioning in an acting capacity.

Elombah reports that he arrived Abuja aboard a British Airways flight from London yesterday.

Chime was last seen in public four months ago, with officials of Enugu State government claiming that he is on vacation and would soon return.

It is not yet certain when he would return to office.

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  1. Meah

    February 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Halleluyah!!! Now everyone can let up on the side talks and return to the business of governance.

  2. lala

    February 7, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    No Hospitals in Enugu?

    • ao

      February 7, 2013 at 2:38 pm

      Excellent question!

  3. chika

    February 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    returns back?

    • Anon

      February 8, 2013 at 1:49 am

      Abi oh!

  4. ninaNods

    February 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Welcome back my dear Governor.Enugu has missed you greatly.

    • Odogwu_Aganaga

      February 7, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      sounds like ghana-must-go bishop onaga speaking. True or false?

  5. Laila

    February 7, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    good for him o. He has been asbsent from office since September 19th, 2012, not 2013 BN. #thankmelater. *winks*

  6. jyde

    February 7, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Given the welligton hospital charges £1000 per nite,without breakfast or treatment,maybe we might be wise to consider a hospital fit for all in enugu,or dont we all have the right to medical care.?
    Silly me i forgot.
    Na nijah we dey.
    As for “Governance” i suppose we all have dreams.

    • Joyce

      February 7, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Tru talk.

    • Anon

      February 8, 2013 at 1:49 am

      He wasn’t in that hospital.

  7. judah

    February 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm


  8. Tobechistyle

    February 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    The hold to power in Nigeria is a very tenacious one. A Governor leaves his office for close to six months but fails to do the right thing of letting go of the office? And funnier even, he is welcomed back so easily. Astounding, to say the least.

  9. konnie

    February 7, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Wish him well. While you are back sir, please fix the hospitals in your state so you and other people from your state can access basic health care needs.

  10. timothy

    February 7, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    you are well come dear i am very happy to hear that u are back

  11. Ore Olusegun

    February 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Thank God gov Chime arrived back to the country alive. I pray that his healing will be complete in Jesus name.

  12. Sammy zico

    February 7, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Thank God our governor is back.and we pray God to give him long life as he has leaded him and also 2 protect the people of Enugu state Amen.

  13. Israel

    February 7, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Enugu state government is not serious,by wellcoming dis man.

  14. okeke

    February 7, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    god bless me and you

  15. NNENNE

    February 8, 2013 at 2:56 am

    Since September? Lord have mercy!
    Cannot imagine how much money the state has spent. No wonder, people want to be political leaders in Nigeria, hook or crook.
    All these money used by official for treatment abroad,could have built one hospital of international standard in Nigeria.
    Our problem is poor insight and management , not necessarily embezzlement of money.
    Welcome home, anyway.

  16. Femi

    February 8, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Welcome back to Nigeria…

  17. matthew,igwe

    February 8, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    its better we manage him than losing him,atleast he can becareful with his life/health,with all these tomboliquor

  18. matthew,igwe

    February 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    thank God for saving his life,d governor should now know he is mortal,i would advise him to surrender his life to Jesus Christ

  19. faith

    February 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Welcome Mr governor…pls fix our hospitals in Enugu or else u might die b4 for Your flight gets to London next time u fall sick.

  20. EPhraim

    February 8, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Like your not siriuse by this statement

  21. EPhraim

    February 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    All of u that post fulse information concern our governor have tO go for confation befor is too late ‘ a word is a nough for a wise

  22. caleb

    February 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

    tank god for ur wise now…

  23. tony g

    February 9, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Shame to all the news papers in nigeria that rabel sulivan chime death

  24. Great Ezeglobal

    February 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    Well,despite what people may have said,l think our gov. And other political leaders will learn from this event,we all must remember that one day we must leave all we have laboured for and die irespective of our level or post in the society…GOD is watching and WE are worried ,

  25. Calistus

    February 9, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Am vry vry hapy since yesdy a had dat governor is bak 2 contry, i said God i bless u. I pray 4 gud health n log lif 4 u in Jesus name Amen.

  26. collins

    February 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Pls do nt say wot u dnt knw, u are welcum chime

  27. shedrack

    February 27, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Any way we pray for the government and for those at the helm of affair that God will give them maximum insight into the act of governance.However we welcome our Governor like no other.Sir NNOOO

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