President Goodluck Jonathan’s jet finally arrived in New York City last night after a secret stopover in Germany where he reportedly visited his ailing wife, Patience, as SaharaReporters had earlier revealed.
Mr. Jonathan’s presidential flight arrived in New York about 10 p.m. (New York time) and the president immediately headed for his five-star accommodation at Pierre Hotel, which is located on 5th Avenue overlooking Central Park in Manhattan. Mr. Jonathan is staying in a suite whose total cost per night goes between $5000 and $10000.
SaharaReporters had reported two nights ago that Mr. Goodluck was making a secret visit to Germany to visit his wife. But in an apparent ploy to deflect attention away from the secret trip, the Presidency sent out undated photos ostensibly showing the president leaving Abuja with fanfare. Our photo editors’ quick analysis of the photos revealed a number curious findings, including information that the camera used for taking the photos, a NIKON D300, was programmed to a 2011 date. As reported by SaharaReporters, the president and his delegation flew to New York with two presidential jets. The other jet, which acted as a decoy, arrived in New York at 3 p.m. On that plane carried some ministers and members of the State House press detail.
If Mr. Jonathan had left Nigeria at the time claimed by the photos circulated by the State House photographers, he would have arrived in New York at least nine hours earlier. SaharaReporters received the photos at 11:20 a.m. (Nigerian time). Since it was most likely that the photographer left the airport and went back to the Presidential villa to send the photos, it meant that Mr. Jonathan’s departure from Nigeria was about 9 a.m. (Nigerian time). Direct flights from Abuja to New York take approximately 11 hours, according to expert aeronautical estimates. This would have put Mr. Goodluck in New York around 3 p.m. EST (US Eastern Standard Time).
Mr. Jonathan’s arrival in New York at 10 p.m. meant that the Nigerian president could not account for between 9 and 10 hours in transit. Several of our sources insisted that the president made a brief stopover in Europe to visit his wife who is on admission at a hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany.