Patience Jonathan makes first public appearance since husband’s poll defeat

It was gathered that wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Sunday made what could be her first public appearance since her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, lost the March 28 presidential election. Mrs. Jonathan accompanied her husband to a thanksgiving and farewell service organised in their honour at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp, Gwarimpa, Abuja. She read the first lesson of the well-attended service from 1st Timothy 6:11-19.

She later joined the President in a special thanksgiving. They danced to the altar for the thanksgiving, joined by top government officials, friends and church members. The President’s wife has not been seen attending any public event inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja, since her husband lost his re-election bid in the March 28 presidential election.

She was conspicuously absent during the Good Friday and Easter Sunday services held inside the Aso Villa Chapel. Mrs. Jonathan did not also join her husband for the funeral service held in honour of his top aide, Oronto Douglas, in Yenagoa last Saturday.

While she voted alongside her husband in the presidential election in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, she stayed back in her home state, Okrika, Rivers State, during the April 11 governorship election. She had expressed fears ahead of the elections that she might be thrown into prison if the then All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, won the election. But the Presidency last Thursday broke its silence on the whereabouts of the President’s wife.

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