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“God Almighty knows I have never been to that hospital” – Patience Jonathan
Finally the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, Dame Patience has made a grand return back to her country home after staying abroad for about seven weeks.
Shortly after her arrival at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Mrs. Jonathan was quick to refute all 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 Mr. President loves her just the way she is.
The visibly happy Dame 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.”
Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck is a cosmetic surgical procedure that is used to make the abdomen more firm. It involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen in order to tighten the muscle and fascia of the abdominal wall.”
While been received by family members and friends amidst great celebration, the wife of the President, whose dressing was quite simple and devoid of the usual heavy jewellery, thanked nigerians for their prayers which she also said sustained her during 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.”
However, Mrs. Jonathan also used same medium to rebuke all the media reports that linked her ill-health with her husband’s position at Aso Rock.
“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?
“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,” she said.
While specially expressing her profound gratitude to her dear husband and family members, 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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the team of people who came to welcome the First lady at the Presidential villa Abuja includes, President Jonathan and his mother, Eunice, led members of his household, staff of Women For Change Initiative, a pet project of the President’s wife, and few friends.
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.”
It could be recalled that since the First lady left the country unannounced in August, the Presidency had kept mum on her state of health and the nature of her rumoured sickness. While wild speculation and reports claimed that she travelled abroad to be treated for food poisoning, some said Parkinson disease, while others accused her of going for cosmetic surgery.