Patience Jonathan diagnosed with ruptured appendicitis

First Lady, Patience Jonathan

Nigeria’s first lady is being treated for ruptured appendicitis in Germany.

Mum is the word at Aso Rock, seat of the Nigerian presidency, as state officials resort to silence in disclosing the health status of the First lady, Patience Jonathan, who is undergoing treatment at a German hospital.

Authoritative presidency sources, Tuesday, told PREMIUM TIMES that Mrs. Jonathan is receiving treatment for “ruptured appendicitis.” A source said the matter worsened because health officials erred in managing her illness and thought she had food poisoning.

Last night media aides to the first lady did not respond to a request by the Associated Press (AP) to comment on the situation. But a government official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, to the AP, held that the first lady is being hospitalised for food poisoning.

According to the government official, Mrs. Jonathan fell sick about 10 days ago, after she hosted a summit of first ladies from across Africa.

Ayo Osinlu, the first lady’s spokesman, also did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.


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