It has just been confirmed that President Goodluck Jonathan made a hasty departure from Botswana, cutting down his state visit by one day.
A source in Malawi and Botswana with Jonathan told us that the president’s surprising and sudden departure has increased speculations among members of his delegation that his wife’s health condition may have taken a bad turn. “Some of us are even fearing that the First Lady may be dead,” he or she said.
Jonathan arrived this morning in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, after a state visit to Malawi. He was scheduled to stay in Botswana untill tomorrow. However, Jonathan hurriedly left for the airport in Gaborone in the middle of a state luncheon. After hopping on a helicopter to visit a mine, he returned to the airport and hurriedly met members of the Nigerian community. He then got on his presidential jet and took off, leaving his ministers and other members of his delegation behind in Botswana.
Our source said that Mr. Jonathan told a few members of the delegation that he was headed back to Abuja. But, according to the source, several members of the president’s entourage suspect he may be headed for Germany to see his wife, Patience Jonathan, who is being admitted at a hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany.
“The president appeared to be in a pensive mood as he left Botswana,” our source said.
Since yesterday, there have been speculations among government officials in Abuja that the ailing First Lady may have died.