“She was flown out about a week ago,” a source at the Presidential Villa told our correspondent. He added that he was not aware of the First Lady’s immediate ailment.
One source disclosed that Mrs. Jonathan had kept a low profile several weeks before her removal to a German hospital.
“She has not been in good health for a while now,” said a source close to the Jonathan family.
Mrs. Jonathan’s spokesman had claimed last year that the president’s wife was not sick but had traveled abroad to rest after hosting a meeting of African First Ladies. However, Mrs. Jonathan herself later admitted that she had been gravely sick, crediting God with rescuing her from a comatose state.
A political source in Abuja wondered why the First Lady’s medical trip to Germany is shrouded in secrecy. “Nigerians are paying for her treatment and deserve the courtesy of being informed about her movement,” said the source. He added that the woman’s frequent trips abroad showcased the failure of her husband’s administration as well as previous regimes in Nigeria.
Neither of our sources could tell how long Mrs. Jonathan would stay in the German hospital.