The Presidency said on Tuesday that it expected Nigerians to empathise with and pray for the First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan and not probe into her health problems.
Senior Special Assistant to the President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, said this when asked to speak on the First Lady’s whereabouts.
He was asked to also clarify if the silence from the Presidency on Mrs. Jonathan was not fuelling rumours concerning her health.
Okupe, who was very reluctant to speak on the issue argued that Nigeria has gone through a lot of trauma in term of leadership, deaths and ill luck in the past.
“Ordinarily, I do not want to comment on this matter. Nigerians have gone through a lot of trauma in term of leadership and death and ill luck and all that (in the past)” he said.
“Abacha died in the Villa, Obasanjo’s wife died in the Villa, Yar’Adua lost his life in the Villa.
“I think even if it is a suggestion that the wife of the President is sick, what I will expect Nigerians to feel is empathy, not probing, not questioning (about her health).
“Have we become so disenchanted with leadership as to believe that the leadership is inhuman? I believe that the First Lady is hale and hearty. I want to leave it like that.”