By SaharaReporters, New York
A source in Malawi and Botswana with Mr. Jonathan told SaharaReporters that the president’s surprise and sudden departure has increased speculations among members of his delegation that his wife’s health condition may have taken a bad turn. “Some of us are even fearing that the First Lady may be dead,” said the source.
Mr. Jonathan arrived this morning in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, after a state visit to Malawi. He was scheduled to stay in Botswana till tomorrow. However, Mr. Jonathan hurriedly left for the airport in Gaborone in the middle of a state luncheon. After hopping on a helicopter to visit a mine, Mr. Jonathan returned to the airport and hurriedly met members of the Nigerian community. He then got on his presidential jet and took off, leaving his ministers and other members of his delegation behind in Botswana.
Our source said that Mr. Jonathan told a few members of the delegation that he was headed back to Abuja. But, according to the source, several members of the president’s entourage suspect he may be headed for Germany to see his wife, Patience Jonathan, who is on admission at a hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany.
“The president appeared to be in a pensive mood as he left Botswana,” said our source.
Since yesterday, there have been speculations among government officials in Abuja that the ailing First Lady may have died.
Our source in Botswana stated that Mr. Jonathan should arrive in about an hour in Abuja – if he was truly headed back for Nigeria.