Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, on Sunday let the cat out of the bag during the farewell service organized for her and her husband saying, she sneaked out of the country to undergo a major surgery in January during her husband’s presidential campaign. Although she did not reveal details of the ailment, she ascribed the illness to “satan”.
“That campaigning time was a trial for me. Satan came in again and those that know the former president and his wife, her corpse was carried out of this place. We thank God that I and my husband are going alive. This campaign period, devil struck and came in again. In pains I was rushed to the hospital in January and the doctors told me, mama you have to go for major big operation now now. What again! The campaign was still going on and I wondered how we were going to explain to Nigerians.
“You know even when you go for check-up, they will be writing on papers saying all sorts of things. My husband will continue with his campaign crowd until the last day. That was how I went in for the first major operation in January ending. And by God’s grace I went for the operation and came out and it was from that operation that I went to the campaign ground,” Mrs. Jonathan added.
Mrs. Jonathan said after the first operation, she was told she needed another one.
“And they told me mama, there is another bigger operation that you have to go in for. This one would not be in this hospital. It is too small for this type of operation. You have to go to a bigger hospital and I said ah ha,” she said, adding that two years ago when she was sick, she underwent 12 surgeries in a space of one month.
“I called my pastor to continue praying for me. They want me to be a sacrifice, but I will never be.
“Then, do you know I went to the bigger hospital. I booked for the operation and I was asked to go for the campaign. They gave me a new date. I had paid for everything remaining just to enter the theatre and the thing occurred to the hospital. Let’s check her again. By then, my husband had lost the election. I have packed out of Villa, we are about going. Behold! I went to four hospitals again and the thing had vanished. My doctors were surprised they didn’t think that could happen,” she said.
Mrs. Jonathan’s admission that she packed out of the villa after her husband’s loss in the polls also contradicts her earlier claim after the media reported her moving out. She had then claimed the story to be false.
“I never thought in my life that I will be first lady. I never even dreamt of being wife of a deputy governor because my husband was not a politician. But God made it possible and God lifted us up from deputy governor and here we are,” she said.
The event was attended by several ministers, lawmakers and other public officials.