Thursday, October 18, 2012
Patience denies being in a hospital but thanks Nigerians for praying for her during her 'trial time'
As soon as she alighted from the aircraft, she denied 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.
She said, “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.”
Even though she was dressed in boubou, she appeared to have lost weight and said that the prayers of Nigerians sustained her during what she called her “period of trial”.
She said, “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.” (Yet she didn't have any terminal illness)
The first lady also dwelt on reports that linked her rumoured illness to her husband’s position as President.
She said, “At the same time, 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?
She said, “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. (But she wasn't an in patient)
“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.” (But she was not ill)
At the residence of the first couple inside the Presidential Villa, except for the President who was dressed in his usual Niger Delta traditional attire, other members of the household wore T-shirts bearing different images of Patience.
Messages such as “We love you”, “We miss you”, “Welcome back” and “May you live long” were inscribed on the shirts.
Immediately the gathering sighted Mrs Jonathan’s convoy at 5pm, they launched into gospel songs. One ran, “Thank you God. You have done us good. Thank you God. Lord you have done us good. Thank you.”
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.