Turai, Patience Jonathan meet at Babangida’s daughter’s wedding

Turai Yaradua Fati Abubakar and Patience Jonathan

Immediate past First Lady Patience Jonathan and her predecessor, Turai Yar’Adua, met in Minna on Friday during the wedding of former military President Ibrahim Babangida’s daughter, Halima.

The two women have done a poor job of hiding their dislike for each other from their days as wives of the president and vice president of Nigeria.

Patience’s husband, Goodluck Jonathan, was deputy to late President Umaru Yar’Adua from May 29, 2007 till his death on May 5, 2010.

Mrs Jonathan and her husband cut the figures of two people oppressed by Turai and the infamous cabal in Aso Rock in the last days of the Yar’Adua presidency.

No sooner had Jonathan taken over as president following his boss’ death than the two women were involved in a land dispute.

A piece of land located in the Central Business District in Abuja which was allocated in February 2010 to the Women and Youth Empowerment Foundation (WAYEF), an NGO run by Turai was transferred to the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) led by Patience in November 2011.

The two women, however, met on Friday and were saved the discomfort of sitting next to each other by Justice Fati Abubakar, wife of former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, who sat between them.