by Kolapo Olapoju
Ever since President Goodluck Jonathan lost his re-election bid, his wife, Patience Jonathan has been incognito and incommunicado.
In essence, she has remained unseen and unheard from… since that fateful Saturday when she and her husband voted at their polling unit in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.
Although, it is believed that she was present at the Presidential Villa on the day Jonathan conceded defeat to Muhammadu Buhari.
A former government official told Punch newspapers that: “After meeting the President in the new Banquet Hall located within the premised of his office, I also visited the First Lady inside the President’s residence before leaving. She was in high spirit when I met her.”
And that was the last time she was present in the villa and seen in public.
Patience Jonathan also failed to attend the Good Friday service held inside the Aso Villa Chapel with the President neither was she seen at the Easter Sunday service in the same chapel.
A Presidency source told Punch that she had travelled to the United Kingdom during the week to attend to some domestic issues. The source said: “She is in UK. She may use the opportunity of the trip to visit her children.”
While she remains missing, in some quarters it is believed that she is greatly affected by the defeat of her husband at the polls and as such, finds it hard to show her face in the public domain.
Some others, however, believe that she isn’t convinced that President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, will not come after her and President Jonathan once he is sworn in as President, hence, she decided to abscond before the time approaches.
For now, it remains to be known the true whereabouts of Patience Jonathan.