Saturday, November 23, 2013
‘Fit President Jonathan returns today’
to Nigeria today.
Jonathan, on a trip to Britain, had, on Wednesday, taken ill thus
unable to honour a meeting with British investors.
In a statement, yesterday, the Presidency said the president merely
suffered abdominal pains that did not require surgery.
It dismissed the claim that the illness stemmed from Jonathan's 56th
birthday bash in London, saying there was no such bash as the
president marked the birthday quietly.
The statement thanked all Nigerians for showing concern over Jonathan's health.
"The Presidency also commends the generality of the mainstream media
whose coverage of the President's slight health challenge in London
was mostly factual, objective, fair-minded and supportive", the
It continued: "We however condemn the utterly irresponsible,
deplorable, highly unprofessional and unethical antics of certain
fringe elements operating in the nebulous sphere of cyberspace who
persist in seizing every opportunity to unjustifiably malign and
impugn the character and integrity of the elected leader of their
"It is very regrettable indeed that after, in compliance with
President Jonathan's standing instruction that Nigerians must never be
kept in the dark about the state of his health, the public was duly
informed that the President had received precautionary medical
attention for an unexpected indisposition in London, Sahara Reporters
and some other reckless, lawless, impudent and unpatriotic
internet-based media chose to assault the sensibilities of all decent
Nigerians again with their entirely fictional, malicious, hate-driven
and scurrilous distortion of the facts of the President's
"The suggestion by Sahara Reporters that President Jonathan took ill
following a "heavy birthday party thrown to celebrate the President's
56th birthday at his Presidential suite in the Intercontinental Hotel
in London" is fictional nonsense as there was definitely no party in
London to celebrate President Jonathan's birthday on Wednesday night.
The truth is that President Jonathan observed his 56th birthday
anniversary quietly. For the better part of the day, he was airborne,
in transit between Abuja and London.
"On arrival in London, he spent the rest of the day in the privacy of
his hotel room. It has never been his custom to celebrate birthday
anniversaries and no exception was made this year. No birthday party
was therefore held for the President in London and there was certainly
no drinking spree as Sahara Reporters claimed".