By SaharaReportersPresident Goodluck Jonathan moved on Sunday to extend the deception of Nigerians concerning his wife’s sickness, releasing a three-second television clip showing the couple together during his visit to her in Germany.
The footage was shown on the government-owned Nigerian Television Authority. A reliable source at the network said the clip of the purported visit was brought to the station by Presidency officials.
The source said the tape might have been shot when Jonathan stopped by in Germany on his way to the United Nations General Assembly in New York last week.
Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, sustaining the Aso Rock pretence, said the President actually travelled to Germany on Saturday and returned to Abuja today, a secret visit aimed at dispelling rumours of Mrs. Jonathan’s negative condition.
Pushing the new line today, Abati said, “You can see that the setting does not resemble that of a hospital. She is hale and hearty.”
Mrs. Jonathan has been out of the country for about five weeks, having been rushed to Germany in an emergency, but the presidency has told the public nothing authoritative about her condition. Media reports have reported her as having undergone cosmetic surgery that went awry, while some have reported that she is suffering from Parkinson’s disease and cancer after she had fibroids removed from her womb.