President Goodluck Jonathan may have stopped over in Wiesbaden, Germany, to see his sick wife Patience at a hospital, before proceeding to New York to attend the ongoing UN 67th General Assembly.
The president, who left Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 9.30am, was expected to arrive in New York at 3pm Nigerian time, but did not land until 10pm – seven hours behind flight schedule.
An aeronautical expert told an online medium last night that a direct flight from Abuja to New York with a presidential jet takes 11 to 12 hours, which means that President Jonathan ought to have landed in New York between 3pm and 3:30pm.
LEADERSHIP checks last night gave credence to Sahara Reporters’ online report which suggested that the president might have stopped over at a hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany, to see his ailing wife.
Sahara Reporters based in New York city reported last night that Jonathan’s flight arrived in New York about 10pm and the contingent moved to Pierre Hotel, a five-star hotel located at 5th Avenue overlooking Central Park in Manhattan.
The president and his delegation, according to the report, flew to New York with two presidential jets.
Meanwhile, as part of their agenda during the ongoing 67th UN General Assembly in New York, President Jonathan and other world leaders yesterday gathered at the UN headquarters calling on all states to recommit to the rule of law as a fundamental factor in preventing war.
According to President Jonathan, who was one of the major speakers at the meeting, the universality of humanitarian law and the importance of the International Criminal Court, human rights, the rule of law and democracy are interlinked and mutually reinforcing. He said further that they also belong to the universal and indivisible core values and principles of the United Nations.