BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – Nigeria’s former First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan gave many critics of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration a big jolt on Tuesday as an unexpected visitor to the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
The surprised visit by Mrs Jonathan was the first time in almost five years that she stepped into the Aso Rock Villa after leaving the nation’s seat of power with her husband, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on May 29, 2015.
Her host and successor in office, First Lady Aisha Buhari, who disclosed this on her tweeter handle, said the meeting saw them sharing experiences on issues relating to women’s development in the country.
According to Mrs Buhari, their discussion on the day focused on issues affecting the growth and development of women in the country, especially girl-child education as well as women’s participation in politics at the local levels.
“Yesterday, I received my predecessor, Her Excellency Dame Patience Jonathan at the State House.
“We discussed my efforts with regards to greater involvement of women in politics and participation of women at lower level of governance.
”We also discussed girl-child education and her pet project “Women for Change,” she tweeted.
She expressed the need for spouses of Nigeria’s former leaders to always keep-in-touch and share experiences for the betterment of women and children in the society.
”I got to hear her experience during her tenure and listened to her perspectives on issues affecting women and children in the society,” she said.
Mrs Buhari expressed her deepest gratitude to the former first lady for the visit.
”It was really nice having her around and I look forward to having more of such moments,” she tweeted
Before this sudden appearance at the Presidential Villa, insinuations have been rife in the public space that of the former First Lady was not only a sworn enemy but also a key target of rough tackles by the current government through her numerous confrontations with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over money laundering issues. – With NAN reports