Anxiety over First Lady Dame Jonathan
There was widespread anxiety yesterday over the well-being of First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan.
Speculations were rife that she may have been flown abroad for treatment after taking ill again.
Her media aide Ayo Osinlu last night denied that his principal is ill.
He said there was no cause for alarm.
Before her thanksgiving last month, where she expressed gratitude to God for sparing her life after nine surgeries in one month, a similar scenario had played out.
The Presidency consistently denied that she was ill, claiming that she only traveled abroad to rest.
On her return, Mrs Jonathan also denied that she went for medical treatment until she opened up at her thanksgiving at the Presidential Villa on February 17.
The First Lady, who spent several weeks in a German hospital last year, went back in January and held a thanksgiving in February.
In a statement, Osinlu said the First Lady travelled to Paris, France to attend the First Green Women Conference; see her sick foster mother, Mama Sisi in Germany and spend time with her holidaying children.
According to him, she is expected back in the country next week.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been attracted by some curiosity in a cross section of the public, and particularly by speculations in the media about the movement recently of Her Excellency, the First Lady, Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan.
“For the avoidance of doubts and ambiguities, we wish to state that Her Excellency had travelled to participate in the 1st Green Women Conference, which took place in Paris, France, on March 17, 2013, where she received the Global Women Leaders’ Award for Peace, 2013.
“Thereafter, the First Lady proceeded to Germany where her foster mother, Mama Sisi, is currently receiving medical attention. It was in her normal plan to spend some time overseeing the management of the foster mother’s condition.
“The First Lady also decided to seize the opportunity to spend some quality time in the company of her holidaying children, before they return to school. She is expected back within the next week.
“We wish to express appreciation for the sincere interests of those who have shown genuine concern through their enquiries.”