PHOTONEWS: First Lady Patience Jonathan's N500 Million "Resurrection" Thanksgiving Service In Abuja

Pres. Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Akpabio and Mrs. Patience Jonathan

First Lady Patience Jonathan Admits Undergoing Nine Surgeries In One Month As  Lavish Thanksgiving Party Shuts Down Abuja
About 5000 guests, including 18 state governors, have overrun Abuja for a lavish thanksgiving party thrown for Nigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan, at a cost of N500 million.

Although she had previously denied being in hospital in Germany, Mrs. Jonathan opened up today at a special service at the Aso Rock Chapel, stunning worshippers with the admission her medical condition had been very serious.  

“I actually died,” Premium Times quoted her as testifying.  “I passed out for more than a week. My intestine and tummy were opened.”

She said her doctors had actually given up hope, although she did not specify her diagnosis.  “It was God himself in His infinite mercy that said I will return to Nigeria. God woke me up after seven days.”

During her six weeks away from Nigeria last year, the presidency refused to say anything to the country about her condition.  Upon her return to Abuja on October 17, Mrs. Jonathan denied having been in any hospital.  “I don’t even know that hospital they are talking about…” she said on that occasion.  “I do not have any terminal illness or cosmetic surgery.”

For today’s thanksgiving merriment, an organising committee chaired by Mr. John Kennedy Okpara raised over N500m, which would most likely be presented to Mrs. Jonathan as a gift, as the presidency is bankrolling the event.

The thanksgiving, which is being broadcast live on the National Television Authority’s (NTA) local and international channels, has such dignitaries as President Goodluck Jonathan; Vice President Namadi Sambo and his wife, Haj Amina; former Ghana President John Agyekum Kufour; former Nigeria Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon; and Aisha Babangida, who is representing her ailing father and former military president, General Ibrahim Bademasi Babangida.

Also in attendance are members of the Federal Executive Council; wives of state governors; the wife of Senate President; the Deputy Senate President; Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha; members of the National Assembly; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim; the Head of the Federal Civil Service, Alhaji Bello Sali; the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria; and several members of the international community.
The function, which commenced at 3p.m. Nigerian time, is expected to go on into the late evening.

There were early invitations for 3,000 people, but the Banquet Hall of State House was quickly filled to capacity, with several guests unable to find a place to sit down.
Several trucks bearing gifts from government officials and contractors lined the streets of the presidential villa waiting to deliver gifts to the First Lady.

Our reporter saw luxury official cars parked everywhere around the Presidential Villa, from the Supreme Court to the Villa in Asokoro area of Abuja.  Many of the guests parked their cars at the Eagle Square, where buses were provided to convey them to the venue of the event.  

In 2012, Mrs. Jonathan suddenly became ill and was evacuated in a medical emergency to Germany.  SaharaReporters was informed by well-placed sources that her medical troubles had begun earlier in Dubai, where she was then treated because her hands were twitching.  

It was upon her return to Abuja following that experience that she was rushed in an air ambulance to Wiesbaden, Germany, where she reportedly underwent surgery to remove uterine fibroids.  One of our sources said her condition was exacerbated by Parkinson’s disease, while the Lagos-based PM News reported that Mrs. Jonathan was being treated for uterine cancer.

The presidency neither confirmed nor denied any of the reports, until Mrs. Jonathan, upon her return, issued her own denial.  In a November 2012 Media Chat, President Jonathan contradicted her account, telling reporters his wife had been ill and needed treatment.  
Four weeks ago, on January 14, Mrs. Jonathan was again flown out to Germany on another emergency, less than 24 hours after SaharaReporters revealed that she was billed for another health-related trip to Spain.  A scheduled appearance at a presidential event for foreign ambassadors was cancelled.

In her church testimony today, an apparently humbled Mrs. Jonathan revealed the extent of her suffering, including having “eight or nine operations” within a period of one month.
Of the future, she said, “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.”

Observers said this afternoon it will be curious to see how she implements that agenda, given her track record as well the massive “celebration” that is costing Nigerian taxpayers a ton of money on top of her humongous medical expenses so far.
 

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let the achebes igbos evolve in peace

YOU STATED "so igbos all over naija, please start packing and moving eastward...Move NOW'
IGBOS DID, LEFT YOUR KUTURUMA FILLED NORTH AND DIRTY OGUNPA IN THE WEST. IGBOS MOVED EASTWARD DURING THE CIVIL WAR AND FORMED A FULL CAPABLE NATION WITH EVERYTHING THAT MAKES A NATION FROM ITS CENTRAL BANK, AIRPORTS, IMMIGRATION, U NAME IT. YOU COULDN'T TAKE IT. U LEFT UR SO CALLED NORTH AND CAME DOWN TO EAST BECAUSE YOU NEED AND WILL STILL NEED THE IGBOS TO SURVIVE. U COULD HAVE BEEN CONTENDED WITH WHAT U HAVE. NO U RAN TO EAST TO FORCE THEM TO COME BACK. IF IBOS WERE NOT SO IMPORTANT TO YOU ALL, WHY DIDN'T YOU ALL LEAVE THEM WHEN THEY MOVED HAPPILY TO EAST! COWARD AWO BOY ANSWERING ABDUL!

Let the “achebes Igbos” evolve in peace

The “achebe’s igbos” haven’t evolved much from chimps, hence haven’t got the mental capacity required for sound reasoning. I have said it; these animals need a place of their own where they can complete their evolution without human interference. The good news today is, the self appointed head of the animals, a delusional London cabby cum lawyer (Ben Onwuka) has officially declared their animal kingdom. This indeed is music to my ears, so Igbos all over naija, please start packing and moving eastward, it is now official. Move NOW and stop bothering your head about naija issues. The animals now have their den! Humans can rest from their silly antics…..bloody apes!

About the Thanksgiving

I must ask what progress you refered to in your text. You must understand that bringing God into a matter does not justify the wrong in it. People like you call it wise or sharp to deceive, lie and cheat, yet easily you bring in God talk to smoke the stage. God, christianity or any religion isnt about what you say, but the impression you make on people. Purity of mind is best expressed by deeds.

Sahara reporters can we

Sahara reporters can we please have a list of what the 500million was used for since you know so much. thanks

*******HOW COME 500M*********

We all know that this is the first lady of Nigeria thanking God for saving her and bringing her alive back to Nigeria. 500M was spent on what? the banquets hall or to rent a church or to invite quest or what if i may ask? i always like to advice people to read through stories published on the internet or else where thoroughly before making concluding as to what they know nothing about. Sahara reporters, while not try to find out what the 500million was used for and let us know since your reporter saw luxury official cars parked everywhere around the Presidential Villa, from the Supreme Court to the Villa in Asokoro area of Abuja (even inside the court room since they packed everywhere).

Sudden Wealth/Affluence and Consequences if Abused

I want to assume that Obese boy in the photo is the president's son. Mr. President, that boy needs some exercise and should be placed on a good diet.

JONAH U ARE A WINNER-AT LEAST U GAVE US AFCON

Rather than have an open and intelligent conversation on national issues, all the rats and lizards indulge in is to cast aspersions on the president and his family-those in attendance are not the movers and shakers of the economy in ijaw land- John Kennedy Okpara who raised over 500m from the oil resource base of the SS, is not Ijaw! He is Ibo! Its unbelievable to see 9jas often act like some refugees from Mali and Chad-when discussing gej-the saddest aspect of the the whole mess is that GEJ being a political toddler, often allows himself to be lured by these same regionalist into dancing to their tune-since the Okah incident in abuja! Happily I read most of d stories on this event-it was only SR which sounded different! Tinubu spent billions on his birthday bash-None of the regionalist here spoke ill of him-including the fake anti corruption czar Dino who graced the occasion with his gal friend! But u see them sound like a broken gramophone record when it concerns GEJ and his wife!

anodda kwestshon

Where is the Prof of Comedy ABATI in all this ?

That fat boy in da pikshur, is dat his son?

Pof-word-less, as we say in Oworonshoki

shame of a nation

Shame of a nation, a lying president, a lying first lady, a shameless n shoe shining man of God presiding over fair weather pals who have no shame and can mortgage their mothers

hmmmm

To be president no easy or because it is GEJ. some of us throw parties for ordinary things in this life and even spend fortunes. but i only know d hater are on it now, those that vowed that GEJ's will not have peace. yes it was wrong not to tell us that d wife was sick, i think we should hv accepted this as repentance and wats wrong with one doing thanksgiving or u expect Mr President to do it like the ordinary people on the street, it is not possible even if he wants. may be he would have use ur community hall wit ordinary garden egg. some if not most of the guests were not invited but of cus u know they hv to come unlike me nd u that all our invited guest cannot even honour our invitation. for God sake lets pray for this man, he is trying though we want more from him. those that think they are born to rule even though they contribute almost nothing to this nation lets see. God bless GEJ and FRN

This is not about Dame

This is not about Dame Jonathan or the so called thanksgiving service. It is all about lack of vision for the country we call Nigeria. Just imagine what 500Million will do to a teaching hospital. Just imagine what 500M will do to upgrade 2 good screening labs in Abuja.

Now that Dame Jonathan have come to the realization that there is a second chance, she must be thankful that thousands of Nigerians are not that privileged. I wish her well and more healthy life. it is my sincere appeal to her to use this platform and fight for healthcare in Nigeria. She should take on healthcare issues in Nigeria as a civil right issue.

From her experience, she has come to realize that even with her position and wealth..that our medical system can not save her...the question therefore remains.. What about other Nigerians who are less privileged? what is their faith?...You all know the answer..

Concerned Nigerian

Nigerians deserve the kind of leaders that they get

Shameless display of ill gotten gains. And to say nobody in the entire aso rock or cabinet deem it fit to tell him distastefulness of this act.
Like i said repeatedly, jonadunce goodluck has the intellectual capacity of a7 year old kid.lhe is not inspiring , not a visionary ,dresses like a domestic servant, does not look presidential ,is not competent,he's is obviously very corrupt, morally bankrupt etc.
to say that this is the same man who hoodwinked nigerians to vote for him.......

THAT my friend is the real

THAT my friend is the real conundrum regarding this situation. WHY WHY WHY is adequate medical care lacking in a country billed as the 8th largest oil supplier in the world?

500 million Naira for what again?? I have always said it and will continue to say it - the problem with Nigeria isn't just corruption; it is the inability of most of us("elected" officials especially) to draw clear lines between our very rich culture and the necessary policies and laws that are so desperately needed in order to have a government that serves its people.

In addition to this is the lack of checks in place to enforce these laws and policies.

Fuckery!

GOD IS GOOD & HIS MERCIES ENDURES FOREVER

I THANK JEHOVAH FOR DAME PATIENCE JONATHAN'S LIFE. IT IS EXACTLY WHAT GOD DID FOR KING HEZEKIAH WHEN HE WAS TOLD TO PUT HIS HOUSE IN ORDER THAT HE WILL DIE. HE FACED THE WALL AND TOLD GOD TO REMEMBER ALL THE GOOD THINGS HE HAS DONE AND GOD GAVE HIM ANOTHER 15YRS TO LIVE. PATIENCE CARE FOR THE LESS PRIVILAGE IT DOES NOT MATTER YOUR RELIGION, COLOUR, TRIBE SHE FEED THEM ALL IN HER SOUP KITCHEN. SHE GAVE HOPE TO THE HOPELESS. GOD WILL NOT ALLOW HER TO DIE WITHOUT COMPASSION. I CAN NOT THANK GOD ENOUGH FOR HER LIFE.

Elephant in the room

While these fools are jollying and merrying, the elephant in the room is the unspoken question ...

"Why is there no Hospital of sufficient standard in Nigeria where she could have been treated"?

Chai, to think the future of Nigeria is in the hands of all these eediot-looking ass-lickers with Bling Pastors in attendance to confer religious credibility.

We are in trouble.

The aborigine Dr Dumbo and Humongous madam umblella again!!

The aborigine Dr Dumbo and Humongous madam umblella are at it again! Displaying their lust for opulence and self-aggrandisement. This pair is a perfect example of the deplorable state of the nation. Both are “supposedly” well educated, but yet are unfathomably stupid, have the intelligence of a 5yr old and incredibly corrupt. The institutions that produced these two seriously should be shut! It’s worrying to imagine that these two have actually been through the rigour of a university…..well, only in an animal kingdom (SE&SS) will this happen! These two, along with their thieving friends will definitely be the first to relocate to kikiri after aso rock! 2015 please!!….enough of this show of madness!!! Arrant animals!!!!!

We thank God for her life

Now that Mrs Jonathan had admitted her illness, its a lesson for those in authority to always come clean in every situation. Anybody can fall ill at any time. What the husband and the handlers suppose to have done at the time was to come out and told the nation that she was poorly, ask for prayer for her. If you lie once, you will always lie again to cover your lies.
Mrs Jonathan, now that God has given you the second chance, can you please use the 500 million raised to lay a foundation for an ultra modern diagnostic lab where they can perform better screening.Many nigerians die unnecessarily due to lack of proper diagnosis
Gani Fawehinmi was being treated for Pneumonia in nigeria while he was dying from Lung cancer. It was too late when it was detected in London.
If Mariam Babangida had cervical screen early she will still be enjoying the loot of her husband today.

WHEN PERSONAL HATRED CROSSES SANITY LINE

@ Njokede, it is not right to call Pastor Ayo 419. People who claim to know should be mature enough to control their emotion and exercise restraint while presenting what is at best personal opinion. From the pictures Arch Bishop Onaiyekan and host of other catholic bishops were present at the occasion but you chose to pick on your usual target. The fact that you are an atheist should not deny others their right to associate. It is a fundamental right which you pretend to protect.. I doubt if you are more honorable than John Kufour. We should learn to make our point without unnecessary outpouring of vituperation.

Sale for all

I believe you would same, if you were in his position. Remembré hé, président said during his campign that hé was without shoes, cloths, and without hope. So now that God has bless him, should hé not take care of his son?

Patience Thanksgiving Party

Must you give this outrageous profilgacy space in your 'serious' publication?

**********WATCH YOUR TONGUE*********

@Fair Wheather People: I can see you have lost it all, hmmmm what a shame. Though it is said "when poor man no get money e go say beer BITTER" if you say it is a religious site as pastor Oritsejafor has turned Aso Rock into a Christian religious Mecca, what is the present of the wife of Senate President; the Deputy Senate President; members of the National Assembly; the Head of the Federal Civil Service, Alhaji Bello Sali; Vice President Namadi Sambo and his wife, Haj Amina; former Ghana President John Agyekum Kufour; former Nigeria Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon; and Aisha Babangida, who is representing her ailing father and former military president, General Ibrahim Bademasi Babangida. Watch your words.

kwestshon

since when do

whales wear

lace?

Prof-of-penkele-laces

confused market woman

they said u were sick, u said its a lie. how who is lying??? you 1st lady lying like this, what will husband do?

Madam Thnx Given

Nigerian should learn from previous mistake.
This is fresh Air.

Where are all the SS commentators

@ Oleku - You must be a first class Mumu, i am sure you mus have one family memeber that have died from needless illness like malaria, yet you talk about oil coming from backyard. Pure illiteracy i say

fake people

Well said, no man of god will save jonathan, im still waiting to hear a geniue man of that lives in nigeria, they are all corrupt as corruption

***********JEALOUSY**********

YES!!!! Mrs Dame Patience went for 9 surgeries which she almost lost her life but to the glory of God she is alive, SO WHAT! My advise for all of you progress haters, MIND YOUR BUSINESS PLEASE or more so HUGE TRANSFORMER. We should be happy that she is back healthy, strong and doing good with a big smile on her face testifying to the Glory of God who has made it possible for to see her farther land once again.

Woe unto the liars.

wonders,they say,shall never end.Mrs GEJ who denied having been to the hospital few weeks ago has now turned rround to do 'thanksgiving' for being alive after series of operations!Woe unto the liars.

SHAME SHAME SHAME

Shameless people.

HIS CHILDREN

Jonathan s children are about 15 0r 16 years old. He is 55 years old now and even younger than his wife. That means they have their first child at about 40 years.

Why the delay ??? We need further explanation, pls

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