by Isi Esene
There are indications that the president, Goodluck Jonathan, has specifically directed the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Abdu Abubakar not to allow anyone visit the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, who is believed to be nursing an ailment in the European country.
An online news medium reports that a delegation of Nigerian state governors comprising of Rotimi Amaechi, Sullivan Chime, Babangida Aliyu, Jonah Jang, Kashim Shettima and Ibrahim Shema were in Germany for an engagement to deepen their knowledge of federalism and attract investors when they got wind of information that the first lady had been hospitalized in the country but were not allowed to see her due to the president’s directives.
According to reports, Ambassador Abubakar kept on giving excuses for his inability to furnish them details necessary to locate the first lady for their intended visit.
Sources say, “The governors, though in Germany for a different reason, had hoped to extend the African courtesy and hospitality to the first lady when they received the cold treatment from the ambassador.”
“The ambassador and other officials at the Nigerian embassy in Germany made sure they kept Mrs Jonathan’s whereabouts and condition secret,” the source said. “The governors became frustrated and stopped trying.”
Mrs. Jonathan reportedly fell ill in August after she hosted a summit of first ladies from across Africa. Her ailment worsened after her personal doctors allegedly erred in managing her condition and thought she had food poisoning.