President Jonathan blocks governors from visiting First Lady in German hospital

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Patience Jonathan

Under strict instruction from President Goodluck Jonathan, the Nigerian ambassador to Germany, Abdu Abubakar, made sure a delegation of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, which recently visited Germany, had no access to First Lady Patience, who is currently on admission in a hospital in the country.

The governors, who had visited Germany to deepen their knowledge of federalism and attract investors to their respective states, were already in that country when news broke that the First Lady was being hospitalized there.

A source familiar with the matter said after they received news of Mrs Jonathan’s hospitalization, the governors contacted Ambassador Abubakar seeking information on how they could visit the First Lady in hospital.

The governors, our sources said, made several overtures to Ambassador Abubakar, who constantly evaded them while making excuses that he was busy running errands for President Jonathan.

The delegation, led by Governor Rotimi Amaechi, included  Governors Sullivan Chime of Enugu, Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Jonah Jang of Plateau, Kashim Shettima of Borno and Ibrahim Shema of Katsina.

Our source said, “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.”

Another diplomatic source said Ambassador Abubakar fenced the governors off from the First Lady following strict instructions from President Jonathan that his wife’s condition be kept entirely “private and secret.”

He said when the governors offered to visit the First Lady, Ambassador Abubakar contacted the presidency for clearance.

In response, Mr. Jonathan, sources in the presidency told PREMIUM TIMES, ordered the ambassador to block the governors from visiting her.

“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.”

Mr. Jonathan’s spokespersons, Reuben Abati and Doyin Okupe did not answer or return calls seeking their comments for this story.

Mrs. Jonathan fell sick about late August after she hosted a summit of first ladies from across Africa. Her ailment worsened after local health officials erred in managing her condition and thought she had food poisoning.

She was subsequently rushed to Germany where authoritative presidency sources told PREMIUM TIMES she was treated for “ruptured appendicitis.”

Official denials and cover-ups are the usual mode of response from government whenever high profile officials are down with illness and on admission abroad.

It got to a most ridiculous extent when the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was sick.

Officials lied and played deception games on Nigerians for half a year, never offering information on the true state of his health, till he died.

The circumstances surrounding his death is still a mystery till date.

 


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  • Innocent

    What’s the governors’ business? They want to go and see a lean Dame and then come back and run their mouths abi.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    sickness is a private issue. The first lady’s sickness does not in anyway affect governance and as such shouldnt be compared to Yaradua saga. First Lady has no constitutional role and as such, she is invisible from the constitution.

    • FreeKick

      Every decent nation gets tangled with everything that takes their president’s attention-and his wife’s health cannot come second on such a list. Anyone who attempts to make it appear otherwise needs examination!

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        can you give an example of any such country? I think you are getting confused with gossip magazines aka paparazzi and real news.You wouldn’t see New York Times, for example, getting excited any time a U.S first lady checked in to a hospital. There are more important issues to talk about.

        • Emeka

          KenMani alias Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa,
          (1) Can you please tell us factually the last time a US first lady checked into a hospital outside the US? (2) Can you tell us Factually the last time a US first lady left the shores of America without the American tax payers being duly informed of where, when, why, and how long the US First lady will stay outside the shores of America? (3) Do you know that even the children of the American president cannot just go anywhere outside America without Americans being duly informed. This is the case because the American people pay for everything the First family does including trips, just as Nigerian people pay for everything the Nigerian First Family does including trips. But the difference between the American situation and the Nigerian situation? The American president respects his employers the American people, but the Nigerian president does not respect his employers the Nigerian people. KenMani, I think you should stop all this defense, it cannot work. Do you know how your claim and defense will work? Just tell us that the Nigerian president does not need to respect us -we the Nigerian people who employ him, that will be okay and all the conversation will stop.

        • Emeka

          KenMani,
          Can you tell us the last time the American First lady checked into a foreign hospital? Can you tell us the last time and American first lady travelled out of the American shores without the American people being duly informed of place, time, when , why and how long?

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            American first ladies and citizens dont need foreign hospitals because their hospitals work. In Nigeria, IBB and Abacha destroyed our health service and forced thousands of our best doctors to go abroad. Do you really think that Jonathan will fix these grave damage of the last thirty years, in in less than a year and half? Obama is yet to fix the damage done to U.S economy under Bush in last 8 years alone.Please be fair.

          • Emeka

            KenMani alias Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa,
            From your posts, we now know that President Jonathan cannot fix anything. That is the logic of your answers. All problems was caused by previous president (including Jonathan’s Otuoke Church gift, Malabu and all that), and Jonathan cannot fix them. Unknown to you, you think you are doing your master a favor. You are not . You are painting him as a complete weakling who cannot fix anything. So each time a Nigerian falls sick our loving president should please send him/her abroad for treatment. We are about 150million people. Since our dear president cannot fix the health situation, the only solution is to send each and everyone of us abroad to be treated. I think that will be transformative, and I like it.

          • Emeka

            Does the American first lady travel outside American shores without due information being given to American peoples Mptikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa? Does the American first lady travel in secret?

    • Hickey

      Again, it’s on record that Patience deploys ministers to rep her at events. Only a president does so…

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        u have no evidence of that. pls lets stick to facts.

    • Emeka

      the commonality is at the point at which Stella Obasanjo’s illness/Yar adua’s illness and now Patience Jonathan’s illness were/are funded with tax payers’ money. When you dip your hands in PUBLIC FUNDS you MUST DISCLOSE. Do you understand KenMani alias Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa with fixed address in President Jonathan’s office.

  • DP

    Una just dey talk stupid talk here. Anybody fit fall sick at any time. Wetin dey special about Patience wey sick? why press dey carry such stupid thing? Na news be that? Abeg make I no waste my time here

  • khalil

    There is time 4 every the truth will be out $ is of two ways either she succed it or not

  • Ilori

    I wonder why some people say first lady is not a constitution reconized office and yet tax payers money are lavished on them! Uhnmmmm interesting so what makes you think is not any tax payers concern?

    Please we need to ask question and expect them to reply us because without us there can never and ever be them……

    Nigerians it is our right to had and it is our responsiblity to speak, so let no man or woman stop us from spilling the truth…

    God Bless Nigeria…

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      there is no budget for first lady office. I wonder what your point is.

      • Emeka

        Nigerian so-called first ladies dip their dirty hands into Nigerian tax payers’ money thru their so-called first husbands budget. They must disclose what they use the money for.

    • NAGODI

      TO DABBLE IN THE FIRST LADIES HEALTH WILL JUSTIFY THE USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS TO FUND HER EXTRAVAGANT LIFE, DONT YOU THINK? SHE CAN STAND IN COURT LATER, IF SHE SURVIVE, TO SAY THAT YOU GUYS WERE INTERESTED IN HER HEALTH BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE SHE HAS CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

  • Bill Hansen

    I can well understand why Ms. Jonathan and/or the President would not want six visiting governors to have access to her hospital bed. Perhaps PT could have chosen different, more appropriate word(s) in the photo caption. It’s called editing.

    The governors want to “deepen their knowledge of federalism.” They could attend one of my classes and get that sort of information a lot cheaper. This trip to Germany sounds to me like what the Americans call a “junket”; a sightseeing, shopping and tourist waste of time…at the Nigerian taxpayers’ expense, of course.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      well said, Bill.

    • Enemona

      Well said Bill, but your first student should be the president himself, you may teach him how not to waste taxpayer’s funds on junkets with huge entourages.

      We know the reason the president blocked the guvs was not because it portends waste but the fact the president does not want anyone to know the truth of the first lady and perm. sec’s health. Nigerians don’t care about it that much because such knowledge does not put food on their empty tables.

      Anyway, Nigerians will eventually get the full story of the abracadabra of this journey through Dubai to Germany for food-poisoning. The story will blow open for us all sooner than later. The president and his cohort do have short memories: Have they forgotten events leading to Yar’adua’s death so soon?

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        Really? Know the truth about someone’s wife’s illness? Please get a life. Patience is not your president. Her office has no federal budget. Please lay off someone’s wife.

        • Enemona

          I thought she’s a perm sec. She’s a public official. By the way, who pays her aides? I guess the taxpayers pick the bill.

          Until she goes back and become a full housewife or choose a clear-cut career and stop depending on the taxpayers’ to fund her lifestyle, she will be treated as a public official and every move of hers will be suspected. History has shown that she’s not just a wife, she weeds undue enormous influence. How many wives are named in annual reports of government agencies? You know, agencies like EFCC.

          By the way, nothing suggests I’m hounding her, just commented on how Nigerians feel and they’re right to feel so. I think you should rather get a life instead of hanging here and defending every presidential poo, rent-boy!

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            yes, you are hounding her. Bayelsans have not complained about their perm sec, which makes you a busy body.

          • Enemona

            Oh, sure I’m a busy body and I’m hounding her, so what will you do about that? She’s the first lady and she lives on the taxpayers so Nigerians have all the right to ask about her whereabouts.

            Also, do not speak for Bayelsans, let them speak for themselves. If it pains you that Nigerians want to know where she is then get ready for a stroke as this will not stop.

          • NAGODI

            SEE HOW MUCH SPACE YOU ARE WASTING ENOMONA! PLEASE DONT ADD TO HIS COMMENTS HE IS PAID PER COMMENT WHILE YOU ARE EXPOUNDING VALUABLE KNOWLEDGE THAT CAN BE INVALUABLE IN FUTURE PROSECUTIONS AT YOUR OWN COST! CATCH THE DRIFT, LET THE CRUMB-CATCHER EARN HIS PAY BY POSTING HIS OWN COMMENTS, PLEASE.

          • Emeka

            Bayelsans are Nigerians. DO NOT bring that stupid divisive ethnic politics of yours. We all will talk as one Nigeria against profligacy, stupid secrecy, corruption against President Jonathan’s presidency just as we ALL talked against Obasanjo and Yar adua secrecy and profilgacy. You hear KenMani?

        • Emeka

          Mrs Patience Jonathan like all so-called Nigerian first ladies take tax payers’ money thru their so-called first husband’s(president) budget. So that is tax payers’ money. You must disclose what you use that money for when it is public fund. It is not a village chief’s money. It is the money that belongs to Nigerian citizens who are tax payers in 21st century modern Nigeria. That is the point KenMani alias Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa with fixed address in President Jonathan’s Presidency.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    i wonder, bro.

    • Emeka

      This sickness is a private issue whose cure is being funded by public funds. So the Nigerian tax payers who employed President Jonathan have rights to know how their money is being spent. You may hang that right. It is your right to bury and sell your right. I am not prepared to sell my own right. So if they touch public funds, they must disclose what and how the funds are used openly . Okay? This is why we are intrested as sovereign citizens.

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        I pity you, Emeka. Jonathan’s kids ought to also show their school report card. Please use your senses,man.

        • Emeka

          KenMani alias Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa,
          People like you are the reasons Nigeria will never make it. Having being employed and paid by the presidency, you are ready to bury your rights for the lcrumbs tossed at you. Rights of tax payers in any civilised country is sancrosanct. Okay. You touch public money, you disclose. if President Jonathan and any other Nigerian president cannot stand that, they know what to do-Get out of the place. A symbol of disgrace and sbservience like you is one reason Nigeria will forever queue behind countries like Ghana, Benin, Togo etc. It is pedestrian thinking like yours that dominates the presidency of your employer and master that made the president of Benin Republic defeat President Jonathan the president of the giant of Africa flat in the contest for the presidency of the African Union. Think KenMani. The world has moved pass village politics.

          • Thank you Emeka, the government’s e-mouthpiece imposter going by the name Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa, has really got his match in you. Obviously he has stopped responding. I can’t understand why any criticism of Jonathan’s gov’t triggers a retrospective blame of the former gov’ts from the men around the president. OK, the former regimes didn’t do anything good, how is your government any better?

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            If you must know, words alone cannot begin to describe the mess the military left behind. There was virtually no road in the whole of southern nigeria.They killed off the railway, the Nigerian airways, NEPA, universities. Everything was completely destroyed.we must all rally round Jonathan as he tries to sort this nation out of the mess the civilians have inherited. it will take time but we will get there.Remember he is just been there for less than a year and half. And don’t bother about Emeka, I choose when to respond to him.

          • Emeka

            he has been there for less than a year, and he has taken the Otuoke church gift like obasanjo took Otedola gift for his library. He has been there for less than a year and heand his attorney General Adoke signed money into Malabu Oil company’s pocket via that ex-convict Dan Etete who is President Jonathan’s mentor. We understand -less than one and a half year hmmhmmhmm

          • NAGODI

            IF I MAY ADD EMEKA, WHAT ABOUT THE MULTI-TRILLION NAIRA SUBSIDY SCAM THAT HE SPEARHEADED LAST YEAR AS ACTING PRESIDENT?
            WHEN A NEW GOVT STARTS TO WORK FOR THE PEOPLE, YOU WILL BE REPRIMANDED BY ORDINARY PEOPLE IF U TALK ABOUT THE PAST. BUT IF THE PEOPLE LOOK BACK AT AN OLD GOVT OR THE CURRENT GOVT HAS NOWHERE TO LOOK TO BUT THE PAST TO JUSTIFY ITSELF, THEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN TROUBLE.

  • Emeka

    Her sickness is NOT special. But public money has been used to fund the trip so we have a right to know how public money is spent. Because Nigerian tax payers paid for that trip. And they have a right to know. That is the practice in civilised societies. The only way you can say we should shut up is we you say that we ought not to be part of the civilised societies. Okay? Our political class send their children abroad to study. Right? But where in these countries -(America, and European countries where these people send their children to) will the first lady travel and the citizens will not be informed? If this political class is so bereft of ideas, they should at least ask their children who they use our money to send abroad whether things like these happen there. Nigeria is the only African country that does not learn simple civilised practices.

  • Lovina N. Eke

    Y on earth will the president hide the wife’s were about, she is not only for him she is the property of the nations.

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      She is in Germany as the Presidency had since announced. Calm down.

  • NAGODI

    SHE HAS NO RESPONSIBILITY IN GOVT (DISCOUNTING BAYELSA STATE GOVT) AND SO OUR CONCERN IS JUST AS FAR AS IT AFFECTS THE PRESIDENT EMOTIONALLY. IF HE CAN HANDLE IT, AS HE HAS APPARENTLY SHOWN HE CAN, THEN LET THE PRESIDENT DECIDE ON THE MATTER. I AM NO GEJ SUPPORTER BUT WHEN HE IS RIGHT I WILL NOT SAY HE IS WRONG. THE GOVERNORS ARE NOSY AND SYCOPHANTS, SERVES THEM RIGHT.

    • Emeka

      If any president uses public funds for any act, that act must be disclosed. It is not about Jonathan. Is about Nigerian democracy. If you touch Nigerian tax payers money you must let us know what you are doing with it. This is the practice in all civilised societies. We cannot be an exception.

      • NAGODI

        U ARE RIGHT EMEKA, BUT WE ALL KNOW THEY ARE TOUCHING THE TAX PAYERS MONEY ILLEGALLY AND IF WE INSIST THEY BEHAVE AS IF IT IS LEGAL. THEN WE ARE INDIRECTLY CONDONING THE ILLEGALITY.

  • Jobless governors and to think the delegation included 2 governors I rated highly in Amaechi and Aliyu!