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Presidency Debunks Rumours of First Lady’s Illness & Treatment in German Hospital – “She travelled to take a moment’s rest”



The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati and Patience Jonathan’s spokesman, Ayo Osinlu have debunked the rumours making rounds that the first lady has been in a hospital in Germany undergoing treatment for food poisoning.

Sahara Reporters first broke the news on Sunday, September 2nd 2012 and it has since gone viral, generating a range of reactions from Nigerians.

The report alleged that the First Lady was airlifted to the hospital by an air ambulance midweek under emergency medical conditions. It also stated that she was only able to speak four days after her arrival in Germany, because the illness had been so severe that she lost her voice.

However, the Presidency, in its reaction on Monday, denied that Mrs Jonathan had been hospitalised for food poisoning.

Her spokesman, Ayo Osinlu, confirmed that she had travelled out of the country but denied the rumoured illness. Osinlu said the President’s wife travelled out of the country to take a “moment’s rest”. He, however, did not disclose Mrs Jonathan’s whereabouts.

“If you look at her itinerary in August, you would be wondering how she was able to accomplish that. In the course of this week, she will be back home. But remember, it all depends on her plans,” he told Punch.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, who also spoke on the matter, dismissed Mrs Jonathan’s widely reported illness as a rumour.

Abati insisted that the story “was a rumour and there is nothing like that”.

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  1. kem

    September 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

    if she coughs, they will talk….lol monitoring spirit

    • sylvy

      September 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

      LOL @kem

  2. ij

    September 4, 2012 at 10:10 am

    yes but who the hell goes to Germany to rest

    • Me

      September 4, 2012 at 10:39 am

      Exactly. Cant she rest in Aso Rock? Awon mumu

  3. Alero

    September 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

    The same way they lied about late ex-president Yar’adua.RME. Get well soon our “English mistress”, missing u already!

    • cathy

      September 4, 2012 at 10:58 am


  4. lahips

    September 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

    i am seeing too many versions of this story on different blogs and forums, hummmm, like IJ said who the hell goes to Germany to rest

  5. Brandigest

    September 4, 2012 at 11:07 am

    So madam first lady is now the busiest person in Nigeria who needs rest. Please I want to know her job function. I concur with Ij, who goes to Germany to cool off.

    • Ginika

      September 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

      The German’s do -_-?!

  6. Ginika

    September 4, 2012 at 11:25 am

    I guess she reallly loves how the German’s rest *sideeye* it is a beautiful and gorgeous holiday destination like Cyprus, like the Maldives, with the beautiful sea and.. elm *sideeye*.

    Okay… I pray for safe rest and safe journey back to Nigeria.

  7. chike

    September 4, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Yar’adua rested in Germany…..not suggesting anything though. *winks*

  8. Sue

    September 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    like sahara reporters said…..2 former first ladies have recently died on foreign hospital beds……patience come home fast oh and i wonder why some blogs are speculating that she went for tummy tuck or liposuction….smh

  9. BIMBY

    September 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    The entire Presidency is full of liars. I guess they think Nigerians are foolish forgeting that there’s nothing hidden.

  10. amarachi

    September 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    na wah o, these defence stories don’t add up sha, or maybe it’s just me o. Imagine that line ‘she’s back this week but again it depends on her plans’ …funny! 1st ladies aren’t supposed to make random trips, her being back this week shouls be definite if nothing was wrong. But again we know that is not dependent on ‘her plans’ Sir, it is actually dependent on her state of health. shikena

  11. Stephanie

    September 4, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Is she on a money laundering globe trotting? Putting the monies in choice properties around the World? Is next stop Switzerland after Dubai and Germany? We wish her well.

  12. Chile iwegbulam

    September 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    …And what happened with Calaber’s Tinapa, Oguta lake, OBJ’s farm etc? Petience could as well remember that the foreign exchange is getting worst! Chile.

  13. buchi

    September 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    rumors say she is in germany sick but the presidency says she is resting in an undisclosed location. SO SHE IS NOT RESTING IN GERMANY. Pls read and then understand. Serious monitoring spirits LMAO!

  14. huh?

    September 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Pls,they should spare her,am in her position I will tour d world,who won’t??opportunity comes but once

  15. Maijidda

    September 4, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    We be them like baby abi?

    Anyway, nobody sent her message abeg!She should rest well and resume the homefront.

  16. Rosellar

    September 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Mmmmmmmh, this is how Yaradua’s saga began oooooooooh!
    Bella, dont join this ‘new cabal’ ohhhhhh.
    Different stories……like Yaradua’s …….

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