SaharaReporters has learned that Nigeria's First Lady, Patience Jonathan, is sick again and is shuttling between Spain and Germany in search of treatment. A source also told SaharaReporters that the First Lady was also contemplating receiving medical treatment from a US hospital.
Mrs. Jonathan’s renewed health woes have accounted for
her absence from several official events in Abuja and her home state of
Bayelsa State over the last few days. A few days ago, Mrs. Jonathan made
a quiet exit from Abuja en route to France where she was to allegedly
receive some unspecified award. However, a source within the Presidency
told SaharaReporters that Mrs. Jonathan’s trip to France was a ploy to
enable her to shop for new doctors in Europe for her deteriorating
A source disclosed that she left France for Spain. The
same source disclosed that the First Lady was considering being moved to
a US hospital today. However, a source in the US who is close to the
First Family told SaharaReporters that he was “not heard from the first
lady regarding her trip to the US.”
Ayo Osinlu, a spokesman of
the First Lady, told SaharaReporters that Mrs. Jonathan was in Europe in
order to care for an ailing elderly woman who helped raise the First
Lady. He failed to disclose the specific European nation where Mrs.
Jonathan’s foster mother is hospitalized.
During Mrs. Jonathan’s
first extended medical sojourn in Germany, Mr. Osinlu had misled
reporters by declaring that the First Lady was merely vacationing abroad
after what he described as a series of grueling official functions,
including the hosting of a conference of African First Ladies.
Jonathan was noticeably absent from a Friday church service organized
at the presidential villa yesterday as part of Easter celebrations. She
was also missing at another key event where her Africa First Ladies
Peace Mission donated relief material to the war-torn country of Mali.
An aide of the First Lady reported that a minister, Ms. Jumoke Akinjide,
represented Mrs. Jonathan at the event where relief material was
donated to Mali.