Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, and the Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala were on Saturday September 8, 2012 awarded honorary doctorate degrees by the Delta State University, Abraka.
Mrs. Jonathan who is presently receiving medical treatment at a German hospital, was represented at the University by Zainab Maina, the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development. Mrs Maina said the award was an evidence of friendliness and support for the first lady’s efforts and pledged to support the state in the task of building the university.
Her message from the first lady is, “Let me assure you that this award has further strengthened my commitment to give the Nigerian women and you the basic knowledge through my NGO, the Women for Change and Development Initiative.”
In her response Mrs Okonjo-Iweala thanked the governor, the university authorities and the students for the honor. She also donated N1 million and N500,000 for the best students of post graduate class and undergraduate respectively.
Meanwhile, news surrounding the state of health of the First Lady has been buzzing for some days.
Last week, a news report by Sahara Reporters claimed she was receiving treatment in a German hospital for “food poisoning”. Her spokesman, Ayo Osinlu later debunked the news, saying she wasn’t ill but was only resting in Germany. However, another report by Premium Times said she was receiving treatment in Germany for “ruptured appendicitis.” While Nigerians were still debating on her state of health, Sahara Reporters followed with another report claiming that doctors in a German clinic performed a surgical procedure on her to remove “uterine fibroids” which might be cancerous.
So far, the Presidency has remain silent about what exactly is wrong with the first lady. All that we know is that she is still receiving treatment at a German hospital.