The Presidency on Wednesday explained that President Goodluck Jonathan returned to Nigeria from his two-nation visit to Malawi and Botswana on Tuesday, a day ahead of his scheduled return, because he accomplished his missions earlier than expected.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said this in an interview with our correspondent.
Abati had in a statement on Saturday said the President would return to Abuja on Wednesday after his visits to the two countries.
But the President returned on Tuesday evening fuelling speculation over the state of health of his wife, Patience, who is believed to be undergoing treatment in a German hospital.
But the presidential spokesman said there was no hard and fast rule about the duration of working visits such as the one Jonathan embarked upon.
He insisted that the President left Botswana after he had exhausted all the agenda on the second leg of the trip, having earlier visited Malawi.
He said, “There is no hard and fast rule about the duration of working visits. It is determined by what the two leaders decide when they meet. There is no rule that it must run its course.
“When we got to Botswana on Tuesday, President Jonathan had a tete-a-tete with the Botswana leader. They also had a bilateral meeting which bothered on mining, agriculture, trade and investment, arts and culture as well as the need to revive the Nigeria-Botswana Bilateral Commission.Continue reading