For the first time since President Goodluck Jonathan lost the March 28 presidential election, his wife, Patience, has been seen in public. The first lady had avoided the public eye since her husband conceded the election to Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
On Sunday, ‘Mama Peace’, as she loves to be called, attended the thanksgiving and farewell service in honour of the president’s family at the church of the Advent, Abuja, in the company of her husband and other federal officials. Speaking at the event, Jonathan appreciated the leaders of the church for their support through his time in office.
Until Sunday, the vocal first lady had avoided all of the president’s post-election events, including the fifth presidential prayer and the final rites of the late Oronto Douglas, the president’s senior special adviser on documentation and strategy.
In the buildup to the election, Patience caused stirs with many of her campaign-ground utterances, particularly her claim at a rally in Kogi state on March 03 that Buhari was entirely brain-dead. It was a statement that got the APC campaign organisation responding by thanking Nigerians for putting up with “an incredibly crude woman” as the first lady. After the election, though, Patience put all campaign issues behind her and congratulated Buhari’s wife for her husband’s victory and appealed to Nigerian women to “work with Hajia Aisha Buhari and give her the maximum support to make her succeed in her new assignment”.
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