Monday, 25 November 2013

Goodluck Admits Ill Health On Return,Postpone Meeting With G7 Governors

President Goodluck Jonathan has confirmed that he had some health challenges in London, Jonathan thanked God that he  was now fit to resume work.
He also thanked Nigerians for their show of love during his 56th birthday that was held on Wednesday and during the period he was indisposed.
He said, “First,  let me thank and appreciate Nigerians for their  show of love and concern. On  Wednesday, even though I was in London,I read how people congratulated me, remembering my birthday that I don’t normally celebrate anyway. But people know, so they normally congratulate me and I read it  in the newspapers.
“I have to thank Nigerians, especially on the issue of my health. I really had some health challenges. I have to thank God again because of the concern shown by Nigerians and their love.
“Thank God that I am very okay to resume work, I believe from this night (Sunday).”
When asked whether the health challenge was a serious one, Jonathan said, “The most important thing is that I am back. You will expect that when you are holding a political office as the President of a country, anything that affects you attracts a lot of attention. That the President is sick  is enough   to cause apprehension.”
It was also gathered that he has postponed  his  peace meeting with the seven aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party governors which was earlier scheduled  for Sunday.
 Jonathan, who arrived the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja from London around 7pm attributed his action to jet lag and “health challenges.”
 It was however gathered   that pressure from political hawks  made the President, who was in  London  for  the 15th meeting  of Nigeria’s    Honorary International Investors’ Council, to postpone the meeting.
It was learnt in Abuja that the hawks within the PDP,  who insisted that Jonathan should shelve the meeting,    also   wanted   the four suspended  leaders of the New PDP- Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola,  Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, Dr.  Sam Jaja and Ambassador Ibrahim Kazaure -  expelled from the ruling party.
 Sources said  this  could happen on or before Friday this week.
A reliably PDP said on Sunday stated that the need to have an enlarged secret caucus meeting with the President on the modalities to be adopted before taking a final decision on   “Oyinlola and others ” was  responsible for the President’s decision to shelve the Sunday meeting.
Some of the rebel governors  were said to have  arrived  in Abuja before the postponement  was announced  by Jonathan.
The President  became indisposed and had to be treated for severe abdominal pains while in London .
He had   missed  the opening of the London meeting based on doctors’ advice that he should take some days’ rest.
However, he   gave an indication  to  journalists on his arrival that the meeting with the rebel governors  might hold within the week.
The President said the peace moves would continue since political discussion is a continuous process.
Jonathan said, “I don’t think I will be able to hold any meeting.You know six hours’ flight is quite a distance and also following from my health challenges;  but we will meet.”
When asked specifically on the next meeting date, the President said, “I don’t know. I am just coming in. I believe within the week, we will be able to meet.

“Politics is about discussion. We belong to the same political party. Even people from different political parties engage in political discussion  and  you know political discussion  is a continous process. So we will continue to discuss.”

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