For the first time since she returned from a medical trip abroad last year, Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan spoke publicly on her health. Venue was the Aso Rock Villa Chapel and the event was the special thanksgiving service organized for the First Lady. While speaking at the service, Mrs Jonathan whose admission at a German hospital was reported by www,thestreetjournal.org said “it was not an easy experience for me, I actually died, I passed out for more than a week.”
Speaking further, she said “I am not Lazarus but my experience was similar to his. My doctors said all hope was lost. It was God himself in His infinite mercy that said I will return to Nigeria. God woke me up after seven days. It is the Lord’s doing that I returned alive.”
Mrs Jonathan also stated that“when God says yes, nobody can say no. People are always afraid of operation (surgery). But in my own case, while my travail lasted, I was begging for it after the third operation because I was going to the theatre every day. It was God who saw me through. I did eight or nine operations within one month.”
“I know that some people somehow leaked the information that I was dead. They are people that I trust and rely on. To them, I was dead and I would never return to the country alive,”the First Lady said.
She thereafter resolved to dedicate her life to the service of God and humanity, saying “it was not an easy one. The day I came back, I said God I have nothing to say, I offer myself to you. I will be doing things that will touch the lives of the less privileged. God gave me a second chance because I reached there. He knew I had not completed the assignments He gave me that was why I was sent back”.
The thanksgiving should have taken place earlier but was rescheduled due to the helicopter crash that killed Governor Patrick Takowa of Kaduna State as well as Gen Patrick Azazi and some others.