Patience Jonathan, who is always by her husband’s side, did not attend the inauguration ceremony of Muhammadu Buhari held at the Eagle Square.
It was gathered that even on May 28, Thursday, Mrs Jonathan had to be persuaded into following Goodluck Jonathan to the inauguration dinner.
A presidency source disclosed that the real reason Dame Patience was absent at the Abuja venue was that she feared she might not be able to control her emotions as it was painful for her to leave just after one term in office.
The source who pleaded for anonymity further narrated that after the yesterday’s dinner Jonathan’s wife broke down in tears. Apparently she did not want the situation to repeat at the Eagles Square, in the full glare of guests and cameras.
Another top source dismissed the allegations saying:
“Mama Peace has an important event to attend in Otuoke, their country home. You don’t expect her to attend the inauguration when people are waiting for her arrival back home. She is not aggrieved over anything and she is not the only First lady who could not attend the inauguration. Her attendance is highly insignificant. I don’t know why you, press people are trying to make something out of that.”
The absence of the former First Lady caused uproar in social media. Nigerians lamented over the disrespect demonstrated by the top official of the country to the incoming government.