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Nigerian first lady Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan finally returned home on Wednesday 17th October 2012 after being away from the country for close to two months to receive medical treatment at the Horst Schmidt Klinik in Wiesbaden, Germany. The First Lady arrived at the country at about 3.50PM and was received by well-wishers who were all in cheering moods, (including the Bayelsan women, ministers, governors’ wives, NGOs and President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan) who had thronged to the presidential wing of theNnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja.
Weeks back when she left the country unannounced, several media ran different versions of what she was suffering from. While some said she had a ruptured appendix, others said she had food poisoning, Parkinson’s disease, uterine cancer, etc. Some even said she was in Germany for a liposuction. The Presidency did not help matters as they remained mute in the midst of the controversy surrounding her health.
Nigerians were eager to know what had befallen their First lady; but they were all kept in the dark. The people therefore resorted to their usual rumours as the people would always thrive on rumours where there is no free flow of information. While everyone remained curious, the Special Assistant on Media to the first lady, Mr. Ayo Osinlu told State House Correspondents that she was only “Resting abroad” after hectic schedules.