In a bid to douse the growing concerns about her prolonged absence from public functions since the presidential election, the presidency has released a statement saying that the First lady is currently in the republic of Congo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Congolese first lady, Madam Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso’s foundation, the Congo Assistance Foundation. Read the statement released by her media aide, Mr Ayo Adewuyi,
“First Lady, Dame Patience Faka Jonathan is in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, joining other African First Ladies for the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Congo Assistance Foundation, an NGO of Congolese First Lady, Madam Antoinette Sassou-Nguesso. The Foundation, established in 1984, has engendered social action in the areas of health, education, skills acquisition in favour of indigent people of Congo. Dame Patience Jonathan runs similar organization in Nigeria, the A.
Aruera Reachout Foundation which also focuses on the upliftment of women and children, the needy and imprisoned. The First Ladies of Benin Republic, Senegal, Mali, Chad, Niger, Guinea Conakry are also in Brazzaville for the grand finale of the week-long programmes during which a National Center for Sickle Cell disease was inaugurated. Dame Patience Jonathan was received on arrival by Nigeria’s Ambassador to Congo Brazzaville, Princess Onipede in company of top Congolese officials.”