Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

I died for one week- Patience Jonathan

18 February 2013, 09:06

Abuja - The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, said on Sunday in Abuja that she was declared clinically dead for one week in 2012 but was revived by the mercies of God.

The President's wife said this at a thanksgiving service to thank God for saving her from the clutches of death.

``I remember when Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was the President of the country, I was close to his late wife, Stella. We worshipped together in this chapel. It was a painful moment for me that time when she died and her corpse was brought here.

``That was how my corpse would have been brought here. It was not an easy experience for me. I actually died; I passed out for more than a week. My intestines and tummy were opened.’’

Jonathan said that all doctors on her case had lost hope but for one Nigerian doctor living in the UK, who cared and helped in providing treatment for her.

`` I am not Lazarus but my experience was similar to his. My doctors said all hope was lost.

``It was a Nigerian living in the UK here with us in this service, Mr Solomon Livingstone, that was flown in when the situation became critical.

``It was God himself, in His infinite mercy, that said I will return to Nigeria. God woke me up after seven days,’’ she said.

The President’s wife, who pleaded with Nigerians not to ``politicise everything’’, added that while the situation lasted, she was in unimaginable pains.

``People are always afraid of operation (surgery) but in my own case, while my travail lasted, I was begging for it (surgery) after the third operation because I was going to the theatre every day.

``I did eight or nine operations within one month. The day I came back, I said God I have nothing to say, I offer myself to you. I will be doing things that will touch the lives of the less privileged.

``God gave me a second chance to live, so I have to give back to the less privileged because the assignment he gave me is not completed, that was why I was sent back."

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that Mrs Jonathan returned to the country on Oct. 17, 2012, after recovery from an undisclosed ailment.

NAN

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Julius O P Akubo
Rape, who to blame

With the frequent cases of rapes in the society of today mostly emanating from our higher institutions of learning, one would be forced to enquire into the cause of this quagmire. Read more...

2015: Betwixt Buhari and Jonathan

The days of electioneering shenanigans are here again. And there is so much tinkle and thrill in the air as the major dramatis personae engage in their histrionics to woe and sway voters. Read more...

Submitted by
George Chuks
Who cares to know?

Majority of them “The leaders” they don't really care about anything in as much as their salaries are always entering their bank accounts. Read more...

Submitted by
Alex Emeka Onyia
The Nigerian prison service

As we all know, the prison is a place of reformation. But it is a different story in this generation, looking into the story coming from some of the inmates in the kuje prison custody Abuja. Read more...

Submitted by
George Chuks
We are not too important to chang...

Many people feel they can change the world in a day. They don't see any good thing in what others do because they feel they are the best. Read more...

Submitted by
George Chuks
Does only one man act as a father...

Our world will continue to worsen in as much as we don't think well of others and consider them as part of our lives. God created man in His image and likeness.  Read more...