The first Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan, returned to the country yesterday, a few minutes before 4pm, after spending about seven weeks abroad.
She was dressed in a multi-coloured boubou with a matching headgear, devoid of her usual heavy jewellery and appeared to have lost weight. She was received by family members and friends amidst singing and drumming by women, masqueraders and cultural groups in different uniforms.
Mrs. Jonathan was widely believed to be receiving medical treatment in Germany for an undisclosed ailment.
As soon as she alighted from the aircraft, she denied media reports that she went abroad for cosmetic surgery. She also denied being an in-patient in a German hospital on account of a terminal disease, adding that her husband loved her physique.
“I read in the media where they said I was in the hospital. God Almighty knows I have never been to that hospital. I don’t even know the hospital they mentioned. I have to explain what God has done for me. I do not have terminal illness, or went for any cosmetic surgery, more or less tummy tuck. My husband loves me as I am and I am pleased with how God created me.
I am happy to be back in Nigeria. There are a few Nigerians that are saying whatever they like, not what God planned because God has a plan for all of us. God has said it all that when two or three are gathered in His name, He will be with them. Nigerians gathered and prayed for me and God listened and heard their prayers, so I thank God for that.
I will use this opportunity to address those who are saying that anybody that goes to the villa or Aso Rock will die.
They mentioned (Sani) Abacha, they mentioned Stella Obasanjo, they mentioned (Umaru) Yar’Adua and other people. But those people, why didn’t they mention those ones that went there with their families, succeeded and they still came out alive?
We should remember that Aso Rock is the seat of power and that is where God has ordained that our leaders should rule from, and to rule us right. God has given me a second chance, to come and work with the women of Nigeria, the children and the less privileged. I have come to serve Nigeria. I have come to work with Nigerians. I am there for them.”
I will use this opportunity to thank my beloved husband, my children, my staff and all Nigerians for standing by me during my trial time.”
Mrs Jonathan, after a long embrace with her husband, mother-in-law and children, greeted her aides afresh. She also joined in the dancing and singing before retiring into her residence with members of her family, close friends and top government officials.
Source: The Punch