First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) have described as unbecoming, the conduct of the Presidency in failing to disclose the travail First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, underwent during her medical trip to Germany.
While congratulating Patience for her miraculous return from the dead, the party slammed the presidency for losing whatever is left of its credibility over its handling of the first lady’s illness saga.
In a statement issued Monday by ACN National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the revelation by the First Lady on the extent of her illness, especially the fact that she passed out for seven days before she said God miraculously brought her back to life, could not but elicit joy among Nigerians, irrespective of their political leanings.
It said Nigerians must be wondering why the government they elected into office chose to lie to them that the first lady was holidaying abroad when indeed she was gravely ill in a foreign hospital.
“While we felicitate with the first lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on her recovery from whatever illness it was that afflicted her, we will be negligent if we fail to recollect how the presidency denied ‘rumours’ of the first lady illness and poured scorn on the media and the imaginary enemies of the government for fuelling the ‘satanic rumours’.
“We will also like to remind the presidency that its denial, instead of full disclosure that would have elicited nothing more than fervent prayers from Nigerians, fuelled the rumours that the first lady suffered from sundry afflictions or the consequences of tummy tuck,” ACN said.
The party said that in one of the many rebuttals, the First Lady’s spokesperson, Ayo Osinlu, was quoted to have said she (Mrs. Jonathan) travelled abroad to take a ‘moment’s of rest’, given that she had not taken a rest since President Jonathan’s election.
Osinlu had told Nigerians in the heat of the illness saga: “If you look at her itinerary in August 2012, you will be wondering how she was able to accomplish that. In the course of this week, she will be back home.”
On its part, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) said the disclosure of the true state of the first lady’s health status, has revealed, “without doubt, that this presidency is irredeemably sold to casting deceptive veil on the minds of Nigerians.
“After months of deliberate spin in needless deception of the Nigerian people, the capacity of the nation’s presidency for more untruths finally gave way to the unassailable force of the truth. The First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan finally told Nigerians that she was, indeed, very sick and very close to being deceased!
“Not done, while alluding to the miraculous power of the Almighty, she also confessed to going through, at least, nine surgical procedures in those trying times of her life.
“What is undoubtedly plausible is: If the administration could show such dishonesty in an innocuous matter as the disclosure of the true state of the first lady’s health status, it revealed, without doubt, that this presidency is irredeemably sold to casting deceptive veil on the minds of Nigerians! Indeed, this administration is a continuing story in indulgent opacity and metaphor of a rudder less ship.
“Truly, this is another reason for the total rejection of the ruling PDP that has consistently been responsible for the depreciating quality of leadership in Nigeria’s body politic in the last 13 years .
“Gratefully, there is hope for a credible alternative to what the ruling Peoples Democratic Party represents with the current effort of the progressive parties in the nation.”