First Lady, Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan.
So the Presidency owes Nigerians explanation whenever First Lady travels overseas for her PRIVATE MEDICAL CHECK UP?
Please, give our First Lady a break!
She has her private life outside her public life as the current official First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Ask any qualified physician or medical doctor, your medical history or file can be as private as you wish and not subject to public inquiry of scrutiny.
She is not the only first lady travelling for medical checkups or treatment in the world.
And the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed that Nigerians spend N80 billion annually on foreign medical trips.
So, how many of those travelling to care and save their precious lives answer public queries on why they have to travel abroad for medical services?
In fact, for national security, the privacy of the First Family should be classified!
The government and news media should not broadcast it to the whole world.
It is private and should remain private.
It is really annoying and lack of better things to do for the Nigerian press, garrulous celebrity gossip bloggers and other busy bodies to sensationalize the private lives of public officials. But these same busybodies bark, growl and snarl like street dogs whenever you also expose their own private lives like the popular celebrity gossip blogger who once confessed of being a pimp by collecting monetary commissions on the monies made by her "runs babe" friend from the White man she hooked and hoodwinked for her to be servicing in Lagos or the Nigerian reporters who queue for brown envelopes at events and refuse to report even news on malaria if they are not paid N5,000 - N10,000!
If Nigerians must always demand to be informed of the private medical check ups of the First Lady, Dame (Dr) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, then they might as well be told whenever she is going to the toilet to poo.
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima
About the Author:
Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, aka "Orikinla Osinachi", is a prize winning Nigerian writer, most prolific African blogger and author of Children of Heaven, Sleepless Night, Scarlet Tears of London, Bye, Bye Mugabe, In the House of Dogs, Diary of the Memory Keeper, The Prophet Lied, co-author of Naked Beauty and editor of The Language of True Love. He has written many articles, commentaries and news reports published by Technorati, Blogcritics, Huliq, Yahoo Voices, Shvoong, Gather, Huffington Post, Face2Face Africa, Black Film Maker, Nigeria Films and Modern Ghana. Michael Chima is also the Founder/Festival Director of the annual Eko International Film Festival and Founder/CEO of Screen Outdoor Open Air Cinema, member of the Projection Foundation promoting the Screen Naija One Village, One Cinema project in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa and home of Nollywood, Africa's largest film industry of which he is a major stakeholder in movies and cinemas.
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