First Lady not sick – Presidency

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From JULIANA TAIWO-OBALONYE, Abuja

The Presidency has denied reports in the media that the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan has fallen ill again and flown abroad for treatment.

In a statement by Special Assistant on Media to the President, Office of the First Lady, Ayo Osinlu, said after attending an international event, First Green Women Conference, which took place in Paris on March 17, 2013 where she received the 2013 Global Women Leaders’ Award for Peace, she had been holidaying with her kids as well as taking care of her sick mother in Germany.

Osinlu described as “unfortunate” media houses who allowed themselves to be used by dedicated mischief makers against the basic tenet of professional journalism, which regards truth as sacred.

He noted that it was only routine that the first lady should take medical trips, adding that “it is recommended that every human being should undergo medical check-up every six months, even if not suffering from ill health.”

The statement reads: “Our attention has been attracted by some curiosity in a cross-section of the public and particularly the media, about the movement of Her Excellency, the First Lady, Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan.

“For the avoidance of doubts and ambiguities, we wish to state that the First Lady travelled to Dubai, after which she proceeded to Paris, France, to participate in the 1st Green Women Conference, which took place in Paris on March 17, 2013 where she received the 2013 Global Women Leaders’ Award for Peace. “She thereafter proceeded to Italy from where she went to Germany to see her mother, Mama Sisi, who is currently receiving medical attention.

“The First Lady is spending sometime overseeing the management of her mother’s condition. “She is also using the opportunity to spend quality time with her holidaying children before they return to school, as they are with her to see their grandmother.

“It is unfortunate that again, some media houses have allowed themselves to be used by dedicated mischief makers against the basic tenet of professional journalism, which regards truth as sacred.

“It is notable that Her Excellency has a history of visiting the hospital in Germany even before she became the First Lady, thus making her medical trips routine. “It is also instructive to state that medical experts have recommended that every human being should undergo medical check-up every six months, even if not suffering ill-health.

“Therefore, hospital visitations of our leaders should not become leading media issues or attract disrespectful comments, just as the current circumstances of former President Mandela and other African leaders in similar situations, and even those who died, have not attracted negative comments from their people.

“While urging a more charitable disposition towards one another as our brothers’ keepers, we wish to express our appreciation for the sincere interests of those who have shown genuine concern through their enquiries. “The First Lady is expected back within the next week.”

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  1. Is there anything wrong in admitting that the first lady is sick??
    when she was being hospitalized,did the presidency admit that she was sick or they kept informing everyone that she was out for vacation??
    When Enugu state governor was sick,did anyone admit he was sick???
    Please PDP, keep fooling the foolish Nigerians that voted U into office….

  2. Nigeria in a sorry situation.Any slitest headace checkup abroard Tell me, what is the faith of a common citizenry who cannot afford the money of hospital card to see a doctor in a socalled Federal/State government hospitals? What I know and believe is that there is no special grave in the sky for the rich and funniest part is the same common persons that burries the in his grave.Then what is so special about being rich? God is patiently watching, time will tell.

  3. Boney London on

    The children of these politicians attend school abroad, vacation abroad and even their grandmothers get medical treatment abroad no wonder they don’t give a damn about Nigeria because they got it going on. How many foreign leaders and their children visit Nigeria for ordinary site seeing? Nigerians wait on God for everything even to demand simple good governance. You all will wait until our Lord Jesus Christ returns. When Libyans took on Gaddaffi, they made the move by themselves. If you believe that any sitting government will call for a National Conference when the current system that lacks check and balances favors him you are deceiving yourselves.

  4. “it is recommended that every human being should undergo medical check-up every six months, even if not suffering from ill health.”

    Are the masses also included? From the statement above yes, the are humans.
    Are they also allowed to fly to Germany,Paris etc for medical check up every six months? So also their grand parents?
    Why cant the First,second or third lady go for medical check up in Nigeria?
    Have any body (a common man,middle or high class man) from any country of the world come for medical check up in Nigeria?
    Now that you have started talking Sir, please tell us(including our grand children and parents) how to archive this regular six months medical check up even if is in Ajegunle?
    We don’t want to travel to Paris, Germany, USA etc.

  5. a concerned nigerian on

    how many check ups did madam hippo lazarus go on when her husband was an under paid lecturer, I can tell you none, and I do not know where the hair brained spokesperson got his idea about going for medical check up every six months from, that’s not right, unless you have a grave illness, you do not have to go every six months as he claims, once a year is what is required, you go for dental check up every six months and not medical check up, I think it must be the water or whatever it is they eat or are sniffing at Aso villa, they all are buffons, I mean each and everyone of them, leaving nobody out

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