Speaking at the Farewell and Thanksgiving service at Aso Villa yesterday,Sunday, Patience Jonathan 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 now.’
“What again? I asked. The campaign was still going on and I wondered how we were going to explain to Nigerians.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 bigger hospital.’
“I said ‘ha! while will you tear my body again after I had done 12 operations within one month last year?
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 a sacrifice.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 again.’
“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.”“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.”
“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 really wonderful.”