Abuja - Mrs Peromobowei Ebebie, a member of the Bayelsa-based Warikiwe Women Group, said in Abuja on Wednesday that the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan’s return had re-ignited hope for heart patients in the country.
Ebebie said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, where she joined other women to welcome the First Lady, from Germany.
She recalled that the First Lady sponsored her daughter to India for heart treatment in April, and said that with her return from Germany there was hope for other Nigerians with heart problems.
"I'm happy and overjoyed that our mama is back. There is hope for the less privileged, especially heart patients, now that she is back.
"My daughter, Preye, was diagnosed at two months, with a heart condition sometime in April and my husband and I did not have the means to take care of her condition.
"When we heard of the First Lady’s foundation, we came to Abuja and after tests we were flown to India, and today my Preye is playing around like a normal child. If for nothing else, I know that for her good work, people are glad that she is back," Ebebie said.
On her part, Mrs Patience Tamuno, a member of the Rivers Cultural Troupe, said that she had been in Abuja since Tuesday to welcome back the First Lady.
"You can see from the mood of the people here that they are happy that she is back.
"Look at the tears of joy on the people’s faces, we are overwhelmed. We are more than happy. We will begin to feel her impact again in this country. There is hope for us again.
"If she had been around during the recent flooding of some states, we would have felt her impact greatly.’’
Also speaking to NAN, Hajiya Halima Wada, the wife of the Kogi Governor, said she was just getting to know the First Lady when she travelled out of the country in August.
"I am happy that she's back and I am sure that her return will be the beginning of a good working relationship with the people of Kogi.
Mrs Felicia Sanni, the President of the Market Women Association, Abuja Chapter, told NAN that she was overwhelmed.
"Amidst all these talks that she had passed away, you can see with your own eyes that she's hale and hearty and back on her feet.
"We have come today to show our support and to tell her that we have missed her greatly and are behind her all the way," Sanni said.
NAN reports that among those who were at the airport to welcome the First Lady were the ministers of Environment, education, Labour and Petroleum and some ministers of state.
Others included various women groups from some states, some female legislators and wives of some governors.