Wife of the President, Patience
Jonathan, on Sunday disclosed that
she battled with another round of
ill-health during the re-election
campaigns of her husband,
President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mrs Jonathan, who was flown
abroad about two years ago on
health grounds, said the latest was
so severe that she had to be
sneaked out of the country to
Germany in January for a major
She spoke during a farewell service
in honour of the Jonathan family at
the Aso Villa Chapel.
The President’s wife said before
she left the German hospital after
the operation, she was billed for
another in a bigger hospital
immediately after the elections but
that God miraculously healed her.
She said after her husband lost his
re-election bid, she returned to
Germany for the surgery.
According to her, she was about to
be taken into the theatre when
doctors decided to carry out
another round of checks on her.
Like her previous health challenge
about two years ago, Mrs.
Jonathan did not disclose the
nature of the last ailment.
She said, “During the last
campaign period, the devil struck
again. I was in pain and was rushed
to the hospital in January and the
doctors told me, ‘mama, you have
to go for a major operation now
“What again? I asked. The campaign
was still going on and I wondered
how we were going to explain to
“You know that even when you go
for medical check-up, they will be
writing in newspapers, saying all
sorts of things.
“I said my husband will continue
with his campaign until the last
day. That was how I went in for the
first major operation (surgery) in
the end of January.
“By God’s grace, I went for the
operation (surgery) and came out.
On my return from there, I went
straight to the campaign ground.
“They said to me when I was
leaving the hospital: ‘mama, there
is another bigger operation that
you have to go in for again. This
one will not be in this hospital. This
hospital is too small for the type of
operation you need when you
come back. You have to go to a
“I said ‘ha! while will you tear my
body again after I had done 12
operations within one month last
“I said my God will see me through
because he created me for a
purpose. I told my prayer partner to
continue praying for me. I said to
myself that I will never be used for
“I was booked for the operation in a
bigger hospital and I was asked to
go back to Nigeria and return after
the campaign. They gave me a date.
When I went back, I paid for
everything and just when I was to
be taken into the theatre, the
doctors said, ‘let’s check her
“By then, my husband had lost the
election. I had packed out of the
Villa. Behold! I went to four
hospitals again and the thing was
said to have vanished. My doctors
were surprised; they didn’t believe
that that could happen.”
Mrs. Jonathan recalled that many
people thought it had ended for
her when she went through 12
surgeries about two years ago.
She said although she was “dead,”
God sent her back to complete her
But the President’s wife added that
her husband’s electoral loss was an
indication to her that she had
completed the work given her by
She said, “I thank God for keeping
me alive today. God is so
wonderful. Just two years ago, I
went through operations upon
operations. Within one month, I
passed through 12 operations.
“Some people said I was dead, yes,
I was dead but God resurrected me.
“God told me, ‘my daughter, go
back, I will give you a second
chance, go and finish your work.’
“And since my husband lost the
election, I believe God has made
me to finish the work.”
Mrs. Jonathan said she would
forever remain thankful to God
because many people had
prophesied that either her or the
President would not leave the
Presidential Villa alive.
She recalled that that was what
happened in the case of Mrs. Stella
Obasanjo, wife of former President
Olusegun Obasanjo, who died
while her husband was still in
She said it was gladdening that she
and her husband would be leaving
the Villa on May 29 hale and hearty.
Mrs. Jonathan said she would
continue to thank God for His
mercies because she never dreamt
of becoming a wife of a deputy
governor much less of a President’s
She said, “I never thought in my
life that I will be First Lady. I never
dreamt of being the wife of a
deputy governor because my
husband was not a politician. But
God made it possible and God lifted
us up from deputy governorship
position and here we are.
“We should be grateful to God for
what he has done. To me and my
family, we praise God.
“To our followers, today, it might
not be too good but I want them to
be grateful to God because they
have followed us for a long time
from deputy governor, governor,
Vice President to President.
“You know that no position is for a
life- time. There is no permanent
thing so I want you to take it in
good faith that it is the will of God.
You should be praising God. God is
Mrs. Jonathan disclosed that some
unnamed persons had been
visiting her since the March 28
presidential election with the hope
that they would meet her in a
Thereafter, Mrs. Jonathan danced
forward for a special thanksgiving
to God for sparing her life
throughout their stay in the Villa
despite her sickness.