The much-awaited meeting on Wednesday night between Acting President Goodluck Jonathan and First Lady, Hajia Turai Yar’Adua at which he (Jonathan) had expected to be fully briefed about the President’s health condition did not hold.
The meeting was at the instance of the President’s aides, who, after announcing to the Acting President the return of their boss, requested him to meet the First Lady for a full briefing on the health of the President and other necessary information bordering on governance.
Jonathan had personally told the ministers on Wednesday of the planned meeting with the First Lady when he had expressed the hope he would be briefed on the state of the President’s health since he had not seen him.
Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, disclosed this when she briefed State House Correspondents on the outcome of the ministers’ scheduled meeting with Jonathan on Wednesday.
“He invited us for a meeting in his meeting room at 2 p.m. and when we came, he told us that the President had returned. He had been briefed by the aides of Mr. President and that he hoped to see the wife of the President this evening and that when we meet next week, we will be briefed on the outcome of the Saudi trip by the members of council. And that when he is eventually briefed by our President, he will call us again,” she stated.
But Daily Sun gathered that the First Lady was unavailable for the meeting, forcing the Acting President to call it off. When Jonathan’s aides went to find out if she was ready for the meeting so their boss could come down, they were told the First Lady had gone upstairs and might not come down for the rest of the day.
“Around 7.00 p.m. yesterday (Wednesday), when the team went to the President’s residence, the First Lady was not ready to come down for any meeting, so Jonathan’s aides went back to their boss to report the situation. It was then that the meeting was put off,” a highly dependable source told Daily Sun.
Unable to meet the First Lady, Acting President Jonathan remains in the dark as to the actual condition of the President since it has also not been possible for him or anyone else to see the President since his arrival Wednesday morning.
Even if he can still not be allowed to see the president, the understanding among top government functionaries was that the meeting between the wife of the president and the Acting President would have addressed the present confusion in the seat of power and guided the next line of action.
“As it is, you can see that we have not made any progress on the leadership crisis, which we thought had been resolved. But I know that the authorities are working out something, and I am optimistic the matter will be settled very soon. There is no cause for alarm but there is cause for alarm