Report: Pres. Jonathan refuses governors’ request to visit the first lady

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.

The presidency has been non-committal in divulging information to the public on the first lady’s health condition maintaining that Mrs. Jonathan is in Germany for a “moment’s rest.”

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Comments (5)

  1. Ah ! Eh never reach that stage eh remain small.

  2. I hope it dosent end the same way o

  3. This was how they started with Umaru Yar'Adua.

    First they prevented people from seeing him…

    1. For the records, what comes around always goes around.

      And yes, I believe Aso Rock is indeed haunted which validates the rumor that when a serving 1st couple enters Aso villa, there's a possibility either of the couple may not leave alive. Obj, Yaradua and now GEJ.

      GEJ knows this too, so he's not treating d matter with kids gloves……….. 😀

    2. I hope it dosent end the same way o

cool good eh love2 cute confused notgood numb disgusting fail