Patience Faka Jonathan  (born 25 October 1957) is the current First Lady of Nigeria and a permanent secretary in Bayelsa State. She is married to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, GoodLuck Jonathan.

Education

Born in Port Harcourt, she earned her school certificate in 1976, and passed the  West African School Certificate Examination(WASCE) in 1980. In 1989, she obtained the National Certificate of Education (NCE) in Mathematics and Biology from the Rivers State College of Arts and Science, Port Harcourt. She then proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt and studied for a B.Ed in Biology and Psychology.

Career

Mrs Patience Jonathan started her career as a teacher at the Stella Maris College, Port Harcourt and Sports Institute Isake. She then moved to the banking sector in 1997, where she established the first community bank in Port Harcourt called the Akpo Community Bank. She served as Marketing Manager of Imiete Community Bank. She returned to the classroom briefly again as a teacher. Eventually she was transferred to the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education, where she served until 29 May 1999 when her husband became the Deputy Governor of the state. On 12 July 2012, she was appointed as permanent secretary in Bayelsa state by a Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, who was helped to his governorship position by her husband (who was then the incumbent President).The appointment caused national outrage and ridicule considering she had been on leave from the civil service for over 13 years, since her husband became deputy governor in 1999,and some critics argued it was a national embarrassmenthighlighting there was no merit or evidence of any recent performance to warrant a promotion to the peak of the civil service.

President Jonathan and Dame Patience Jonathan

The First Family

Aisha Buhari

Not much is known about retired General Buhari’s wife. She has remained in the background despite her husband’s larger-than-life personality in the society.

Mrs. Aisha Buhari is a thorough professional and an alumnus of the famous Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Aisha Buhari

Childhood

Aisha Buhari was born in Adamawa state in the family of the first Minister of defense, Mohammadu Ribadu. She was schooled in the best of Fulani traditions and cultures . She speaks English and Arabic fluently.

2. Education
Aisha  graduated from the famous Ahmadu Bello University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Public Administration. She also has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Cosmetology and Beauty, from the Academy Esthetique Beauty Institute of France. She is an alumnus of the famous Carlton Institute of London.  Mrs Buhari is currently a graduate student of International Affairs and Strategic Planning.

3. Family
General Buhari’s first wife was the Hajiya Safinatu (nee Yusuf) Buhari. He married her when he was 18. After Buhari was released from jail, he divorced Safinatu for reportedly receiving financial assistance from IBB while he was in prison. . Buhari married Hajiya Aisha Halilu, a Fulani lady from Adamawa State in December 1989.

Aisha Buhari with her Children and Grand Children or First Family Come February 2015

Come February 28 2015, who will you be voting into Aso Rock?

 

 

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