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Nigeria president falls ill in London: Spokesman

Last Updated: Friday, November 22, 2013 - 00:30

Abuja: Nigeria`s President Goodluck Jonathan received unplanned medical treatment in London on Thursday after he "became indisposed" and was forced to miss a scheduled meeting, his spokesman said.

"In the course of his ongoing visit to London for a meeting of Nigeria`s Honorary International Investors` Council, President Goodluck Jonathan became indisposed and could not be present at the opening of the meeting today," said Reuben Abati.

"President Jonathan has since been examined by competent medical practitioners. He has been advised to rest for a few days."

Abati added in an emailed statement that the president`s condition was "nothing serious and that the medical attention he has sought is only precautionary".

Jonathan, who turned 56 yesterday, is not publicly known to be suffering from any serious medical conditions.

He assumed the presidency in 2010 following the death of his predecessor Musa Yar`Adua.

Yar`Adua`s protracted illness, details of which were kept from the public, sparked a months-long political crisis in Africa`s most populous country.

First Published: Friday, November 22, 2013 - 00:30
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