Nigeria's First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan have been in the news these days on controversial topics.
1. Her appointment as a Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa state is yet to settle down
2. The squabble with the former first lady, Turai Yar’Adua over a property located in the central business district of Abuja. Although the Attorney General of the Federation has asked the court handling the case to discontinue further hearing, and the case would now be settled out of court.
3.Recently, she was in the news over the rumoured purchase of 200 cars for the African First Lady’s Summit. A newspaper had reported that the Federal Government procured a total of 200 “exotic cars” for the African First Ladies Summit, which formally opens in Abuja.
But, The Presidency in a quick statement signed yesterday by Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati,wanted to clear the rumours and straighten up the facts.
The full statement reads;
“The true facts of the matter are as follows: The African First Ladies Peace Mission which is holding its summit in Abuja is a Non-Governmental Organisation. Its activities are funded by stakeholders and members of the private sector who support and identify with its objectives.
“In accordance with its modus operandi, the AFLPM set up several committees, including a finance committee to raise funds and sponsorship for the organisation of its Abuja Summit.
“As part of its own contributions to the successful hosting of the summit by the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, Coscharis Motors Ltd. offered to provide some cars for the event at no cost to the organisers or the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“Under an agreement signed by the committee and Coscharis Motors, all the cars will be returned to the company after the summit.”
The reality is that.....it does not solves any of our problems here in Nigeria....and it is not an impossible scenario. We know the type of country Nigeria is and i will not be suprised it is proven otherwise. For now, we take Mr Abati for his words. Madam First Lady is obviously living her life.....i guess it is her time.