Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Imagine a government which so lacks in transparency that a respected, mainstream newspaper speculates on presidential health and no one in the government will comment.

Jonathan Ill, Flown To Germany
Contrary to official claims that President Goodluck Jonathan travelled to Germany on a private visit, LEADERSHIP authoritatively gathered yesterday that the president actually took ill and left for Germany to seek medical care.

Efforts to get a confirmation from the Presidency failed up until the time of going to press, as several calls to his spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, did not go through and he didn’t respond to an email enquiry either…

Prior to his departure, presidential spokesman Abati had issued a terse statement saying the president would be making a private visit to Germany…

It was gathered that the president, on arrival in Germany, headed for a private hospital for medical check-up…

Before his sudden departure for Germany on Thursday, 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 which required urgent attention.

An authoritative source in the Presidency 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 yesterday over the state of health of the president…

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At 9:36 PM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Nigeria: President Returns From Germany

Goodluck Jonathan has returned home after a four-day private visit to Germany.

He arrived at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport late on Monday and was received by top government officials.


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