Okrika (River State) – The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, on Wednesday arrived in her home town, Okrika, in Rivers, to a warm welcome by her people.
Jonathan’s visit is the first since the March 28 Presidential election, in which her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, conceded defeat to the President-elect, Maj.-Gen Muhammadu Buhari.
The first lady, who expressed surprise at the large turnout of people, thanked them for their love and support.
She described their warm welcome as a demonstration of their genuine love and affection for her.
Jonathan also thanked them for their prayers, support and belief in her husband’s leadership.
Some of the people, who spoke said they were proud of the first lady.
One of them, Mrs Remi Kuku, said the women of Nigeria had never had it so good until the first lady came on board.
“History will be kind to her, no matter what anyone or group says about her; she is a goal-getter and I wish her well’’, Kuku said.
Mr James Bright said Jonathan had contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of Okrika people.
“She is the voice of the Okrika people; she fought for our cause and we owe her a debt of gratitude.
“We thank God for giving her the opportunity to serve and using her as an instrument to elevate the status and development of women in Nigeria’’, Bright said