Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar went on a secret medical trip to Germany last September 2021.
The trip was blown up in the tell-all statement of his fourth wife Jennifer Douglas, now locked in a dirty divorce with him.
Jennifer Iwenjiora Douglas did not disclose his ailment, but said Abubakar was in Germany as he simultaneously sought to stop her from taking over the family property in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
“When I came to Nigeria, in early September, 2021. I asked to have a private conversation with His Excellency. During that conversation, I informed his Excellency that once I get back to the United Kingdom, I will go to Dubai and take over the house. He subsequently departed for his medical trip to Germany refusing to address any of the issues I privately wanted to conclude with him outside of third parties”, Jennifer wrote in a long statement on their acrimonious divorce .
“I subsequently travelled to Dubai, and took custody of the said property. Once I did that, on 18 September 2021, His Excellency sent me a text and I quote: “I hear you have moved to Dubai to take over the house. I am still in Germany for my medicals. Make sure all my properties including (redacted) are intact so I can collect all my properties. I wish you well’.
“I responded to him: “ Excellency, I am left with no other option as we need to get on with our lives amicably. I hope your medicals are coming up good. I wish you well too’”.
Atiku, who is 75 years old, still nurses the ambition to be Nigeria’s president.
His first effort was in 1993, some years after he retired from the Nigeria Customs Service.
He is among the major contenders in the 2023 race and that will be his fourth bid for the nation’s highest position.
Adamawa born Atiku was vice-president of Nigeria between 1999 and 2007.
He contested to be president in 2007, his second attempt and failed.
His other attempts in 2011, 2015 also failed at the primary level.
His major bid was in the 2019 election, which he lost by a wide margin to the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari.
His medical has not usually been in the public arena.
In December 2015, Abubakar was reportedly in Dubai for medical treatment. He is known to have sought several medical help in the city, which he has made a second home.
He also took his COVID-19 jabs in Dubai.
His Germany medical trip was unknown until the release of Jennifer Douglas’s statement today.
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