Leadership (Abuja)

25 August 2014

Nigeria: Jonathan's Germany Visit Shrouded in Mystery

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President Goodluck Jonathan

The health status of President Goodluck Jonathan has continued to be shrouded in mystery: his closest aides have continued to maintain silence over the issue.

LEADERSHIP Weekend had exclusively reported that President Jonathan was flown out of the country to Germany on account of failing health. His aides however preferred to keep mum when their reactions were requested.

LEADERSHIP Weekend had reported that, contrary to official claims that President Goodluck Jonathan travelled to Germany on a private visit, the president actually took ill and left for Germany to seek medical care.

President Jonathan travelled Friday after performing the closing ceremony of the National Conference on Thursday.

Prior to his departure, presidential spokesman Abati had issued a statement saying the president would be making a private visit to Germany as from Friday and would be accompanied by some of his principal aides.

LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered that the president, on arrival in Germany, headed for a private hospital for medical check-up. It could not however be confirmed if he went to the same hospital he had visited with his wife last year when the first lady faced some health challenges.

Before his sudden departure for Germany, President Jonathan was billed to host members of the just-concluded National Conference to a dinner at the Presidential Villa, but the programme was cancelled at the dying minute.

Although no official reason was given for the cancellation, it was gathered that the development was connected with the president's state of health.

An authoritative source in the Presidency had told LEADERSHIP that, despite assurances that the president would return soon from his trip, it was not likely as his health situation was not too good. He said there was uneasy calm and anxiety in the Presidential Villa on Friday over his state of health.

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