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Patience Jonathan, Nigeria’s first lady, hospitalized overseas with food poisoning
| September 04, 2012
Nigeria's First lady, Patience Jonathan, has been hospitalised in Germany after a severe case of food poisoning, several news outlets have reported. On sunday, Saharareporters an online news site first reported that the First Lady has been flow to Germany where she is was being treated for food poisoning which she contracted during a visit to Dubai. Saharareporters said that an air ambulance had airlifted the First lady to Wisbanden in Germany for emergency medical attention and she has been undergoing treatment for about four days. However, there have been conflicting reports about the Presidency's response to the report. Punch Newspapers reported that a spokesman for the Presidency denied that Mrs Jonathan had been hospitalised for food poisoning, saying that a spokesman only confirmed that she had travelled out of the country to take a “moment’s rest” but did not disclose the First Lady's whereabouts. Punch reported that the spokesperson said, “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,” The newspaper also said that the special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said that the story “was a rumour and there is nothing like that”. The Associated Press however said that a government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that the First Lady remains hospitalized in Germany and is being treated for a case of food poisoning. The Nation newspapers reported that a source from the Presidency confirmed that the First Lady contacted food poisoning in Dubai during her trip to the country in late August. The paper reported that the source confirmed that the First Lady had been sick in Nigeria, but after health was not improving, the Presidency made emergency arrangements to fly her overseas for treatment at a specialist hospital. The Nation newspapers reported the source as saying, "I am aware that she contacted food poisoning in Dubai. We really can't say exactly what she ate in Dubai which resulted in the ailment. But as soon as it was becoming difficult to get her stabilised here, we were advised to fly her to Bologna, Italy where a particular hospital is said to be good in handling such matter. I really can't say why there has not been an official statement on the matter but there is no truth in the rumour that she underwent any operation. Before she left, the medical team was sure it was food poisoning which came out of what she probably ate in Dubai. I am not in the media team of the First Lady and therefore would not know why a statement was not issued. "All I know is that the First Lady is recuperating and even shook hands with some of the aides that followed her to Germany before she was admitted. She never flew out in an air ambulance but in an official Presidential jet. " However, there has still not been any official comment from the Presidency on the location or health of the First Lady.

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olayori olaseni    Lagos, Nigeria    September 19, 2012
I wish her Excellency speedy recovery, but those equipment using abroad can also be in our hospitals here in Nigeria for some of us that are not opportune to travel abroad for treatment. Anyway my prayer for is that you will return back n fits in Jesus Name AMEN
D Lord is ur strenght my able first lady. By God's grace u are going to return home alife.
"Coming In From The Cold"    In California, U.S.A.    September 04, 2012
First, not to sound callous, let me wish Mrs. President Jonathan good luck and speedy recovery.

But there we go again, rushing overseas to treat something that can easily be treated at home. I won\'t even be surprised that Mrs. Jonathan may be attended to by a Nigerian doctor who ran away from our hellhole home and are practicing in one of these overseas hospitals. So what!

Competent Nigerians in various fields of science and technology have become like Jews who scattered all over the world and are contributing to advancement in other countries just because Nigeria has nothing to offer them or has disappointed them.

Go to England, they are there; go to America, dem boku yanfu-yanfu; go to Saudi Arabia, wetin you want take dem do there? Some of them are members of Doctors without borders who go to places to render medical help, even in Nigeria. When will we realize that we are wasting our talents as a result of corruption. Nigeria should have been the hub of splendid medical practices, like India, that people from smaller countries in Africa should be seeking medical services from.

A Yoruba saying, states "why travel all the way to Sokoto, to go get something that you have, right where you are, in the pocket of your sokoto (pants or trouser). Nigerians are very competent people and we should try to keep them at home to provide for us.

In many cases, it will be too late to rush someone overseas in medical emergencies. Nigeria is rich enough to have a state-of-the art hospital in every state and many more supporting hospitals to give our people sound medical attention around the clock.

I don\'t believe in preaching to people to stop corruption because people don\'t normally yield to such method. How are you going to preach to or convince a bribe taker to stop taking bribe when he is taking home at least easy N10,000 a day from bribes and his salary is say, $25,000 a month? You can preach all you want.

Preaching to the bribe taker or praying for him or her to stop taking bribe will not make that person change his or her bribe-taking way. It\'s only law enforcement that can stop the bribe taker or any other criminal, dead on their tracks.

Human beings only listen or react to external stimuli that can give them pain, suffering or death. That\'s what enforcement of the law does to people and keep them in check. Why do you think people go to any length to prevent being caught commiting crimes? It\'s only proper punishment for crimes that can stop people, not preaching to them to stop their evil ways.

We need rule of law; we need new policing system and we need each state to have its own police, which, irrespective of the outcome, will still be a lot better than the stupid police system we\'ve stuck to since independence.

The old way of doing things is stale and doesn\'t work anymore. We need change. We need a judiciary that\'s upright to begin with. If our judiciary can clean itself up and judges stop taking bribe, that will be a new beginning in the right direction for us as criminals will now start paying for their crimes.

Let us keep up the fight for good governance. We know it must be forced down the throats of our so called leaders. Remember control of nature must be won because it will never be given to us by these crooks called leaders. Nigeria has never had leaders.
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