Nigeria’s First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan is expected back in Nigeria today after her doctors have said she’s healthy enough to leave.
Patience Jonathan has been away receiving treatment for several weeks at the Horst Schmidt Klinik in Germany for an undisclosed ailment.
A source said the ailing first lady demanded to be discharged, and the hospital accepted her request, though she was yet to fully recuperate. The source added that she left the hospital around 11 a.m. and was taken to an undisclosed location by senior authorities of the Nigerian Embassy in Germany.
Reports say a source at the presidency confirmed the first lady’s discharge, adding that Mrs Jonathan’s health had improved, and that she is fit to return to the country.
Arrangements have reportedly been put in place to receive the first lady at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja at about 2 p.m. today by top government officials.
“I can confirm to you that the First Lady is set to return to the country tomorrow at about 2 p.m. I can also tell you that the wives of state governors, politicians, and other well-wishers are now in Abuja to give her a rousing welcome,” the presidential source said.
Dame Patience Jonathan was earlier billed to return home last week, but her doctors didn’t release her then, as they said there were still worries about her health.