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Jonathan cancels trip to France

as First Lady visits hospital, orphanages

Abuja – President Goodluck Jonathan has cancelled his scheduled trip to France for the summit of Eight Industrialised Nations, the G-8.

This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja and signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Ima Niboro.

The statement said the trip was cancelled, following concerns over air travel in Europe, caused by the presence of ash clouds in the aftermath of the recent volcanic eruption in Iceland.

It said the President was scheduled to leave for the summit on Thursday.

The statement said that aviation authorities had indicated that there was possibility that a resumption of the eruptions would make it impossible for Jonathan to return to Abuja in time for his inauguration for a fresh term on May 29.

The President was expected to participate in the G-8 Summit at Deauville, France on Friday and return to Abuja on Saturday for his inauguration.

Presidential inauguration: First Lady visits hospital, orphanages

Abuja  As part of activities to mark the Presidential Inauguration on Sunday, First Lady Patience Jonathan on Thursday visited  Wuse General hospital and some orphanages.

Jonathan visited Mother Theresa Home and St. Fabian’s Orphanage, both in Abuja.

She said that the visit to the less-privileged was necessary to appreciate them for their role in seeing to President Goodluck Jonathan’s victory in the last election.

At the paediatrics ward and the orphanages, she thanked the care-givers, nurses and doctors for caring for children who were not biologically theirs.

“I love them, I care for them and I will be their mother. Please take them as your biological children because you don’t know what God has in store for them and for you.

“It’s not only your biological children you care for, all children are your children and all women are mothers,” she said.

Quoting from the Book of Proverbs in the Bible, the president’s wife urged the care-givers to “train up the children in the way they should go and when they are old, they will not depart from it’’.

The  First lady also visited the maternity and obstetrics ward of the hospital.

Mrs Precious Gbeneol, Yeye Bola Dare and Rev. Fr. Callistus Onyeanusi, who spoke  on behalf of the hospital and orphanages, thanked Jonathan for her motherly gesture and for her love towards the less-privileged.

The First lady donated food items, baby care products, toiletries, confectionaries and household items to the places visited. (NAN)


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