Patience Jonathan is Only On Medical Trip To Germany, She’s Not Sick – Presidency
In a bid to explain the sudden disappearance of First lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan who has been absent from various public functions in recent times, the presidency today succeeded in creating more confusion when its declared in one breath that the president’s wife is not sick as being speculated while in another breath said that she travelled to Germany on a medical trip to have a medical checkup and also attend to her sick mother, Mama Sisi in a German hospital.
A statement by the Special Assistant on Media to the President, Office of the First Lady, Ayo Osinlu, said the first lady actually disappeared from the Nigerian space since March 13th. ”It is notable that Her Excellency has a history of visiting the hospital in Germany even before she became the First Lady, thus making her medical trips routine. It is also instructive to state that medical experts have recommended that every human being should undergo medical checkup every six months, even if not suffering ill health”, the presidential explanation declared to confirm what it was trying to deny.
The statement reads: “Re: Patience Jonathan sick again, in Europe for treatment
“Our attention has been attracted by some curiosity in a cross section of the public and particularly the media, about the movement of Her Excellency, the First Lady, Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan.
“For the avoidance of doubts and ambiguities, we wish to state that the First Lady travelled to Dubai, after which she proceeded to Paris, France, to participate in the 1st Green Women Conference, which took place in Paris on March 17, 2013 where she received the 2013 Global Women Leaders’ Award for Peace.
“She thereafter proceeded to Italy from where she went to Germany to see her mother, Mama Sisi, who is currently receiving medical attention. The First Lady is spending sometime overseeing the management of her mother’s condition.
“She is also using the opportunity to spend quality time with her holidaying children before they return to school, as they are with her to see their grandmother. It is unfortunate that again, some media houses have allowed themselves to be used by dedicated mischief makers against the basic tenet of professional journalism, which regards truth as sacred.
“It is notable that Her Excellency has a history of visiting the hospital in Germany even before she became the First Lady, thus making her medical trips routine. It is also instructive to state that medical experts have recommended that every human being should undergo medical check up every six months, even if not suffering ill health.
“Therefore, hospital visitations of our leaders should not become leading media issues or attract disrespectful comments, just as the current circumstances of former President Mandela and other African leaders in similar situations, and even those who died, have not attracted negative comments from their people.
“While urging a more charitable disposition towards one another as our brothers’ keepers, we wish to express our appreciation for the sincere interests of those who have shown genuine concern through their enquiries. The First Lady is expected back within the next week”.
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