The wife of the President, Mrs.
Patience Jonathan, has not been
seen in public since President
Goodluck Jonathan lost the March
28 presidential election to Maj. Gen.
Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) of the
All Progressives Congress.
The President had last Tuesday
conceded defeat and called Buhari
on the telephone when it became
clear from the results released by
the Independent National Electoral
Commission that he had lost his re-
Some dignitaries including serving
and former government officials
had visited Jonathan to commend
him for conceding defeat and
solidarise with him on his loss.
One of the visitors had told our
correspondent that Mrs. Jonathan
also received visitors inside the
President’s official residence same
“After meeting the President in the
new Banquet Hall located within
the premised of his office, I also
visited the First Lady inside the
President’s residence before
leaving. She was in high spirit
when I met her,” the former
government official said.
But since then, the President’s wife
had not been seen in public.
He did not attend the Good Friday
service held inside the Aso Villa
Chapel with her husband neither
did she attend the Easter Sunday
service inside the same chapel.
Mrs. Jonathan and the President’s
mother, Eunice, had always been
accompanying Jonathan to such
The last time she was seen in
public was penultimate Saturday
when she and her husband voted at
their polling unit in Otuoke,
While many believed however that
she must have been too devastated
by her husband’s electoral loss to
appear in public so soon, our
however showed that Mrs. Jonathan
might have travelled out of the
A Presidency source who pleaded
anonymity told our correspondent
that Mrs. Jonathan travelled to the
United Kingdom during the week
to sort out some domestic issues.
“She is in UK. She may use the
opportunity of the trip to visit her
children,” the source said.
President’s wife would come back
to the country.
Mrs. Jonathan’s spokesman, Mr. Ayo
Adewuyi, did not pick the calls
made to his mobile telephone line
Adewuyi did not also reply a text
message sent to him on the mater.
It will be recalled that Mrs. Jonathan
had during one of the presidential
rallies she organised ahead of the
elections claimed that Buhari
would send her to jail if he was