The Presidency on Thursday morning broke its silence on the whereabouts of President Goodluck Jonathan’s wife, Patience. Media assistant to Mrs. Jonathan, Mr. Ayo Adewuyi, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, said the President’s wife is currently in Congo. He said Mrs. Jonathan was in the country to join her colleagues from Africa for the celebration of the 30th anniversary a Non-Governmental Organisation, Congo Assistance Foundation, floated by the Congolese First Lady, Madam Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso.
Adewuyi, however, did not indicate when Mrs. Jonathan arrived Congo or when she is expected back in Nigeria. He only said his principal was received on arrival by the Nigeria’s Ambassador to Congo Brazzaville, Princess Onipede, in company of top Congolese officials.
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.
She had expressed fears ahead of the elections that she will be thrown into prison if Gen. Muhammadu Buhari wins the election.
Uptill now, the Presidency had kept mute on her whereabouts, despite mounting speculations about her where abouts.
Adewuyi’s statement reads: “First Lady, Dame Patience Faka Jonathan is in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, joining other African First Ladies for the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Congo Assistance Foundation, an NGO of Congolese First Lady, Madam Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso.
“The Foundation, established in 1984, has engendered social action in the areas of health, education, skills acquisition in favour of indigent people of Congo.
“Dame Patience Jonathan runs similar organisation in Nigeria, the A. Aruera Reachout Foundation which also focuses on the upliftment of women and children, the needy and imprisoned.
“The First Ladies of Benin Republic, Senegal, Mali, Tchad, Niger, Guinea Conakry are also in Brazzaville for the grand finale of the week-long programmes during which a National Center for Sickle Cell disease was inaugurated.
“Dame Patience Jonathan was received on arrival by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Congo Brazzaville, Princess Onipede in company of top Congolese officials.”