President Jonathan Arrives Abuja, Tells Aides First Lady Is Still Alive

By SaharaReporters, New York

President Jonathan Arrives Abuja, Tells Aides First Lady Is Still Alive SaharaReporters learnt that President Goodluck Jonathan arrived in Abuja last night after abruptly departing from a three-day tour of Malawi and Botswana. A source within the Presidency reported that the president retired to his private quarters at Aso Rock Villa after telling some close aides that his wife, Patience Jonathan, is still alive. Mrs. Jonathan was airlifted more than a week ago to a hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Mr. Jonathan hastily left a state luncheon organized for him in Botswana and headed straight for the airport. After a short visit to a mine by helicopter, he met with the Nigerian community at the airport, and then boarded his presidential jet bound for Abuja.

Several sources in Malawi and Bostwana earlier told SaharaReporters that Mr. Jonathan’s surprise departure for Abuja left some members of his contingent wondering if the First Lady had passed on.

“Before he went into his residence today, the president told some of his senior aides that it is his wife is still alive,” said a source in Abuja.

Calls and text messages to Mr. Jonathan’s spokesman, Reuben Abati, were not answered.

Speculations remain rife in Abuja that the condition of the president’s wife may have taken a dire turn.

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