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President Goodluck Jonathan
Several diplomats at the 50th anniversary summit of the OAU in Addis Ababa have confirmed to SaharaReporters that the Nigerian president was too irate and inebriated to go and address the meeting yesterday.
Saharareporters had revealed yesterday the Mr. Jonathan failed to show up when it was his turn to address a summit of African heads of states who met in Addis Ababa starting midweek.
Several sources told SaharaReporters that Mr. Jonathan was so infuriated over the outcome of an election by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum that he drank himself to a stupor.
“Mr. President made several calls to Governor Godswill Akpabio rebuking him for allowing the elections to take place even when it was clear that the president’s candidate Governor Jonah Jang was likely to lose”, says one of our sources.
The account of what led Jonathan’s failure to deliver his speech contradicted an explanation offered by President Jonathan’s spokesman, Reuben Abati.
Mr. Abati contacted several media organizations yesterday to claim that President Jonathan was engaged with a small meeting on “West Africa Infrastructure” at the time that he was supposed to give the speech.
One of our sources indicated that Mr. Jonathan indeed had a problem with Diarrhoea, adding that the ailment was a direct result of the president’s excessive drinking to the wee hours the night before.
A Nigerian who was present in the hall also disclosed that Mr. Jonathan looked unsteady when he eventually returned for a photo-op with other African leaders.
Mr. Jonathan is known to have an intestinal disorder referred to as ‘Amoebic Colitis’. Last February he underwent testing at the London Clinic on Harley Street to check up on the disease.
Culled from a news website based in New York, Sahara Reporters.
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