Like a cat with nine lives or a wildfire that wouldn’t quench, former Speaker, House of Reps., Rt. Hon. Patricia Etteh, has re-emerged on the political and social scenes.
Against all odds, she has now been appointed as Chairman of National Abuja Hospital by President Muhammadu Buhari. Interestingly, Patricia has got the mien of a cat and the heart of a tiger, a Bengali tiger to be precise. Yet she is only Nigerian, and a woman for that matter. While her disgraceful exit from the House of Representatives hung loosely above her fate like a recalcitrant ogre, she lifted herself on feral haunches and smashed the daunting pall of misery and regret. But the beauty of her resurgence exceeds her passion to fight; it is the spirit that she brings to the fight that decides her victory and makes her a formidable foe to the odds. It would be recalled that Etteh was forced to resign as Speaker of the House of Representatives in a celebrated fraud scandal. In the wake of her travails, Etteh was mocked for being an ordinary hairdresser. She resigned from office in October 2007 following her alleged involvement in a N628 million contract scandal. Five years after serving as the first female Speaker of the House of Representatives for a few months, not a few people must have thought that Etteh had hit a cul-de-sac. Etteh is one of the major casualties of Nigeria’s stuttering democracy. She is now back in full force to shame her traducers while she was the number-four person of the nation.