by Dare Lawal
Nigeria’s first Lady, Patience Jonathan is reportedly sick again. According to Sahara Reporters, she has travelled again to Europe in search of treatment.
In recent days, Dame Jonathan has been absent from several official events and did not accompany the president to Bayelsa where he had gone to spend the Easter.
The official reason given by her spokesman, Ayo Osinlu, was that she had gone to Europe to cater for an ailing elderly woman who helped raise her. However, Osinlu did not state which country in particular she travelled to.
Osinlu’s word would be taken with a pinch of salt because the last time the first lady went to Europe on health grounds, the spokesman had claimed that she went on vacation. The first lady’s thanksgiving service when she returned made a lie of her spokesman’s claims.
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 health. The online medium said a source disclosed to it that Mrs. Jonathan left France for Spain and was considering being moved to a US hospital today.
Dame Jonathan was absent at the Good Friday service, and also at another key event where her Africa First Ladies Peace Mission donated relief material to the war-torn country of Mali. She was represented at the event by the minister of state for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ms. Jumoke Akinjide.