Jonathan, Patience receive ‘heroic welcome’ on return to Nigeria
It was a carnival-like atmosphere at the Port Harcourt international airport on Sunday evening, as former President Goodluck Jonathan returned to the country after an international tour.
Accompanied by Patience, his wife, Jonathan who wore a black suit and donned his usual native hat, waved to the jubilant crowd who received him.
The atmosphere was similar to the days when he was in power.
Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, led top government officials to welcome the immediate past president.
Security personnel were also on ground to control the crowd of supporters who thronged the airport to welcome the former first family.
After exchanging pleasantries with some associates, Jonathan interacted with Wike and some of his aides before departing to his hometown of Otuoke in neighbouring Bayelsa state.
Jonathan left Nigeria on June 4 after spending only 48 hours in the country.
Within that period, he met with President Muhammadu Buhari, and both men were believed to have discussed about the resurgence of militancy.
While in England, he delivered a speech at a session organised by Bloomberg, and later granted an interview where he said he was being investigated for corruption.
The comment sparked reactions, particularly on social media.