The Chief Justice of Nigeria Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, is said to be suffering from dementia and heart complications as he’s currently indisposed.
According to the Peoples Gazette, the information was based on testimony of highly competent Supreme Court sources familiar with his deteriorating condition.
Other sources revealed that the Chief Justice has been suffering from the condition since he came into office in 2019.
Mr. Muhammad’s struggle with dementia, an ailment causing loss of memory, had first manifested when he ordered the appointment of another chief registrar of the Supreme Court, despite the existence of a substantive registrar, Hadizatu Uwani Mustapha.
Another source said that the CJN also exhibited another dangerous instance of memory lapses when he unveiled plans to “go to the Presidential Villa to meet with President Olusegun Obasanjo” – a former Nigerian leader, whom he wrongly adjudged to be the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
“His illness has been deteriorating and we are all now very concerned that the man might find it difficult to remember his own name soon,” the Supreme Court official said. “He has been doing so many dangerous things.”
Ibrahim Saulawa, an associate justice of the Supreme Court, had disclosed Tuesday that Mr. Muhammad was receiving treatment in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, having contracted the coronavirus.
Mr. Saulawa’s disclosure was, however, refuted by Supreme Court spokesman Festus Akande, who strongly argued that the chief justice hadn’t tested positive for the viral infection.
“The Hon. CJN, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad being unavoidably absent at a function is not enough to plunge into this premeditated conclusion that there’s now anxiety over his health,” the Supreme Court spokesman said in a statement Tuesday night.
”I wish to state categorically clear that there is no medical report so far made available by anybody indicating that the Hon. CJN has tested positive for coronavirus.”