Cross River State Governor Liyel Imoke, who embarked on a foreign trip months ago, is now hale and hearty and may return to the country this weekend.
Acting Governor, Effiok Cobang said this yesterday in Calabar at a town hall meeting which marked the end of the National Good Governance Tour in Cross River State.
There have been speculations on whether Imoke's long absence meant his health had further deteriorated and if he was returning to Nigeria anytime soon.
Cobang said though Imoke is in Maryland for medical reasons, he is not in any life threatening condition.
"The governor is in Maryland. Any moment from now he will return. There is no secret about his whereabouts. Last December, I had cause to address the elders forum of this state, and it was one of the platforms that I felt was necessary for me to clear all doubts about the whereabouts of the governor. If he does not return this weekend, he will definitely do so next week," he said.
It would be recalled that Imoke took a "short break after a long hectic and eventful year all preparatory to the start of the busy Calabar Festival". The state since has been governed by Acting Governor Efiok Cobham.
A few days ago, the governor commented on Facebook that one cannot continue to cheat nature, especially working at the pace he works.
His words: "It's probably been eight to 10 years or more without a break or a decent vacation. I truly need to take this time off. Thankfully, we are unified in our approach to governance so there’s continuity which is important."