A few days after breaking the news that President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience Jonathan, was hospitalized in Germany, SaharaReporters has learnt that Diezani Alison-Madueke, Nigeria’s Minister for Petroleum Resources, is also receiving treatment in a London hospital for a serious medical condition.
One of our sources disclosed that Mrs. Madueke’s condition did not require immediate hospitalization, but described it as “potentially serious.” The source, who is a medical doctor, was only willing to divulge that the minister’s diagnosis is for a condition related to abnormal cell development in her body. The doctor declined to disclose if the diagnosis was a form of cancer, but said Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s condition “assumed a dire dimension recently.”
SaharaReporters gathered that the Petroleum minister owns a jet that is kept in trust for her by Walter Wagbatsoma, an oil marketer recently charged by the EFCC for involvement in oil subsidy scam.
One source revealed that the minister flew to London few days after accompanying Mr. Jonathan on an official trip to Anambra State. Even though the minister is married, there have been persistent speculations linking her to a romantic relationship with President Jonathan.
A source in the State House told THISDAY in confidence that the First Lady only travelled out, “as she routinely does from time to time to check her health status and take time off from her hectic work schedule.”
“She is not in anyway ill or suffering from food poisoning. She is well and will soon be back to the country,” he said.
About 200 miners marched at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in South Africa on Tuesday, demanding colleagues stay away from work in the fourth week of a deadly wildcat strike, the company said.
The march came a day after prosecutors dropped murder charges against 270 people who were arrested at the mine two weeks ago after police gunned down 34 striking workers.
Police kept a close watch on the march, with the group dispersing of its own accord after speaking with management, Lonmin spokeswoman Sue Vey said.
“There was no violence or threatening behaviour,” she said.
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