The first lady, Mrs Dame Patience Jonathan, revealed how suffered a particular sickness and had to secretly sneak out of Nigeria to do a surgery until God miraculously healed her.
She said that two years ago, a particular illness which she didn’t disclose made her go through operation 12 times in one month and then during the electioneering of her husband, the illness resurfaced.
She said she had to sneak out of the country in secrecy to do another major operation but the illness miraculously disappeared after her husband lost the election.
She disclosed this at a special thanksgiving service organised by the Aso Villa Chapel to bid the first family farewell after Goodluck Jonathan failed to win the March 28 presidential election.
She said: “Just two years ago, I went through operations upon operations. Within one month, I passed through 12 operations. It is wonderful. Some people said I was dead but God resurrected me.
“During the campaign period, the devil struck again. In pains, I was rushed to a hospital in Germany and the doctors said I had to undergo a major operation.
“I said, again? The electioneering campaign was still going on and I wondered how we were going to explain it to Nigerians. You know, even when you go for a check-up, they will be writing all sorts of things in the papers.
“I said I and my family have to handle this. My husband will continue with his campaign until the last day. That was how I went in for the first major operation in January.
“And by God’s grace I went for the operation and came out. It was from that operation that I went to the campaign ground. Then they said I had to go for another major operation in a bigger hospital. I told them I would go. I said I have faith in God and my God will see me through. He has brought me out for a purpose. I called my pastor to continue praying for me.
“I said again, they wanted me to be a sacrifice, but I will never be. I went to the bigger hospital. I booked for the operation and I was asked to go for the campaign. They gave me a new date.
“I had paid for everything and what remained was for me to enter the theatre. Then something happened. The doctors said, let’s check her again. By then, my husband had lost the election. I had started packing out of the Villa.
“Behold! I went to four hospitals again and the thing vanished. My doctors were surprised. They never thought that could happen.”
Mrs Jonathan also encouraged the president’s supporters to take what has happened as the will of God.
“We should be grateful to God for what he has done. To our followers, today it might not be too good but I want them to be grateful to God because you have followed us for a long time. You know this position is not a life-long thing.
“There is no permanent thing. I want you to take it in good faith. That it is the will of God and you should be praising God. God is really wonderful.”
“I never thought in my life that I will be first lady. I never dreamt of being wife of a deputy governor because my husband was not a politician. But God made it possible and God lifted us up from deputy governor and here we are”, she said.