Nigerian First Lady, Patience Jonathan, is scheduled to visit hospitals in Germany and Spain in a few days, an online medium Sahara Reporters has reported.
But LEADERSHIP checks showed that the first lady was absent at a cocktail party hosted by President Goodluck Jonathan in his home yesterday. Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati could not be reached to comfirm Patience's whereabouts.
Mrs. Jonathan, who returned to Nigeria last year after a prolonged stay at a German hospital, is officially headed for Spain but our source said she is scheduled for medical treatment in Spain to make her fit enough to attend an African First Ladies event scheduled for Addis Ababa later in the month.
Since her tumultuous return from her trip abroad last year, Mrs. Jonathan has remained largely marooned inside the Presidential Villa only attending few public events and church services in Abuja. Although there was a full report on her medical excursion in Germany throughout her absence from Nigeria, she claimed not to have been in a hospital.
Sources said the First Lady has been struggling with a variety of ailments that have refused to go away, some of them being complications relating to the surgery she embarked upon during her medical trip abroad.
It is alleged that the first lady had previously attended 'health farms' in the Malaga area of the European country. It is there that a former Nigeria First Lady, Stella Obasanjo, tragically lost her life in a cosmetic surgery operation in 2005.