In an interviews with three sources familiar with Mrs. Jonathanâ€™s health status, it was learnt that the Nigerian presidentâ€™s wife is beset by Parkinsonâ€™s disease, a degenerative syndrome. The disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system. A medical source described it as â€œa fairly common disorder that occasions degeneration of the nervous system.â€ The source added that the disease leads to â€œprogressive impairment and disorder of movement.â€ An online medical site notes that Parkinsonâ€™s â€œis characterized by progressive loss of muscle control, which leads to trembling of the limbs and head while at rest, stiffness, slowness, and impaired balance. As symptoms worsen, it may become difficult to walk, talk, and complete simple tasks.â€….continue reading
The bombshell revelation about the First Ladyâ€™s medical woes was first made by a source familiar with Mrs. Jonathanâ€™s previous secret treatments in Spain and Italy. The source disclosed that Mrs. Jonathan had battled Parkinsonâ€™s for some years now. In addition, doctors had advised her to â€œdo something urgent about her morbid body mass index (BMI),â€ said the source. She added that Mrs. Jonathan had indeed considered undergoing the kind of tummy tuck procedure that former Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha once had.
Two other sources close to the Jonathans confirmed that the First Lady has been dogged by Parkinsonâ€™s. One said the disease was largely responsible for her clumsiness, drawling speech and slow movement at public events. He added that Mrs. Jonathan has been suffering serious trembling in the left hand. â€œThatâ€™s why she always uses her right to hold the microphone when speaking at public events,â€ the source revealed. Mrs. Jonathan also reportedly is affected by stiffness of the limbs and trunk which affects her movement.
A news staffer at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) told SaharaReporters that Mrs. Jonathanâ€™s aides warned reporters covering her never to film her beyond her waist. â€œHer senior personal assistant told the crew covering her long ago: â€˜Donâ€™t ever film Madamâ€™s waist. Show her face only.â€™ Thatâ€™s been the code at NTA.â€
Two of our sources stated that Mrs. Jonathan had made efforts to slow the disease that had started to ravage her. â€œShe has been visiting a health farm in Italy on a regular basis since 2010,â€ one source revealed. â€œTo alleviate her pain, she has been taking her medication religiously.â€
A friend of Mrs. Jonathanâ€™s said that the First Ladyâ€™s health maladies include anxiety, occasional memory loss and disorientation. In addition, her blood pressure often rises to dangerous levels, forcing her to take a cocktail of anti-hypertensive drugs.
Also, our sources said that some officials attached to the First Ladyâ€™s office described her as constantly depressed, prone to snapping at people at the slightest provocation. â€œThe First Lady can just get angry at the slightest provocation and rain abuses at anybody in sight,â€ he said.
As happened during the health crisis of the late President Umaru Musa Yarâ€™Adua, the Nigerian Presidencyâ€™s reaction to Mrs. Jonathanâ€™s health condition is to be mum. When SaharaReporters contacted a senior aide of President Jonathan on the matter of the First Ladyâ€™s illness, he sharply said, â€œIâ€™m not saying anything. And please donâ€™t mention that you spoke to me.â€ SaharaReporters learnt that officials of the Presidency are under a virtual oath of secrecy on the issue of Mrs. Jonathanâ€™s health crisis