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The Senate President of Nigeria, Senator Godswill Akpabio clarified on Friday that he was fatigued and diagnosed with malaria, responding to reports that he collapsed at his 61st birthday colloquium held on Thursday in Abuja.

The Senate President was reported to have slumped after the event while seeing off President Bola Tinubu at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja and was subsequently rushed to the hospital.

Speaking to journalists on Friday at the Senate, Akpabio, without confirming whether he slumped or not, stated that he had malaria, which was exacerbated by stress.

The Senate President said, “What eventually happened after the event was a show of humanity. I went home and I called my doctors and I was assured that I have malaria, mingled with stress, which could also be described in another way as exhaustion.

“In fact, anybody could be exhausted. Please, drink water daily so that you don’t get exhausted.”

“This is to say that the work goes on. I want to assure Nigerians that the National Assembly is intact and we are still going on with our duty, our appropriation.

“We will resume on 20th December. But before then, the various committees must have finished their work to enable us meet the target to pass the budget before the end of the year for the president to append his signature.”

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