The wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, was on Thursday full of gratitude to God for keeping her alive to mark her birthday.
The very elated First Lady made this known at a ceremony to mark her 55th birthday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Referring to her recent prolonged trip abroad for undisclosed reasons but rumoured to be for medical treatment, the First Lady stated that “whatever might have happened to her was God’s design for her life.”
She however thanked God for the gift of life, expressed gratitude to her immediate family and Nigerians for praying for her.
Mrs Jonathan, last week arrived the country after being away in Germany for about two months.
On her arrival at the Nnamdi Azikwe Airport Abuja, some Ministers and other government official welcomed her and the First Lady denied been hospitalised in Germany.
President Goodluck Jonathan, after presenting a gift to his wife for her birthday, described her as a shining star in his life .
He also thanked God for granting her good health.
The event was marked with thanksgiving prayers and presentation of gifts by family, well-wishers and friends.