Friday, 13 December 2013
Nigeria: Ailing First Lady Patience Jonathan Unable To Attend National Breakfast Meeting In Abuja
Nigeria's First Lady Patience Jonathan was unable to attend President Goodluck Jonathan's third presidential national prayer breakfast, two sources in Aso Rock told SaharaReporters. Mrs. Jonathan had arrived yesterday from Germany where she underwent treatment for a lingering medical problem.
Our source disclosed that some 50 friends of the president’s wife had arrived at the Aso Rock chapel in anticipation of Mrs. Jonathan’s appearance, only to be disappointed when the First Lady failed to show up at the event. Expectations were raised of her appearance when her advance team, led by a special assistant in charge of administration, arrived at the venue. However, she did not make it to the venue of the event as at the time our source reached us from the venue.
One of our sources at the Presidency disclosed that the First Lady was heavily medicated and could not get out of bed.
The high-profile prayer meeting was anchored by the chaplain of Aso Villa Chapel, Pastor Obioma Onwuzurumba. Among other pastors in attendance were Pastor Emmanuel Kure of The Throne Room Ministry, the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Musa Asake, and the Primate of the Anglican Communion in Nigeria, Reverend Nicholas Okoh. Other participants included Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, former head of the controversial Interim National Government, Ernest Shonekan, and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Yesterday, Mrs. Jonathan returned from a medical trip to Germany and was welcomed by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Amina Sambo. The First Lady had secretly left Nigeria on March 15, first appearing at an “award ceremony” in Paris before jetting to Germany for treatment. However, after SaharaReporters broke news of her prolonged and unexplained absence from Nigeria, her handlers claimed that she had traveled to Germany to attend to her sick foster mother known as “Mama Sisi.”
A source told SaharaReporters that Mrs. Jonathan had planned to stay longer in Germany to undergo medical tests, but was compelled to cut her trip short after our report alerted Nigerians to the nature of her trip. She is expected to return to Germany for further treatment.
Correction: Yesterday we reported that Mr. John Kennedy was the Chaplain of the Aso Rock Chapel, however, that was incorrect, Mr. John Kennedy is the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria's Christian Pilgrims Board and a close associate of President Goodluck Jonathan. Error regretted