Patience Jonathan Blasts Amaechi, Wife for Refusing to Pay Her Condolence Visit
The First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan has taken a swipe at the Governor of Rivers State, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and his wife for refusing to pay her a condolence visit in Abuja over the death of her foster mother.
Mrs Jonathan in a statement signed by the Director of Information, Office of the First Lady, Mrs. Ayo Adesugba, wondered why governors from other states of the federation will come pay her condolence visit in her presidential mansion while the governor of her own home state Rivers failed to do same or even send a delegation to do so on his behalf.
According to the statement, the first lady said: “Customarily, the wife of the State Governor receives the First Lady whenever she visits any state. That is why the wife of Bayelsa State Governor traveled from Yenagoa to receive the First Lady. Ordinarily, one would have expected the same complement from the wife of the Rivers State Governor.”
“It is instructive to note that since the death of Mrs. Charity Oba, the mother of the First Lady, several groups and individuals from across the country have come to condole the First Family at the State House, Abuja. They include Executive State Governors and their wives from all the political divides; Nigeria’s former Presidents and Heads of State and their wives, captains of industry, female Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Nigeria, other members of the diplomatic corps, royal fathers and traditional leaders – the list is too numerous to call. However, the Governor and the wife from the State which the First Lady hails have not paid such a visit,” she said.
The statement which was released to deny media reports that top officials of the Rivers government, including the Deputy Governor Tele Ikuru who came to receive the First Lady, were shielded from her on her arrival at Port Harcourt International Airport on Sunday said the report was an attempt to paint her as an aggressor who is working against the peace of the state.
While insisting she has a right to visit her home state whenever she likes, Dame Jonathan asked that she be left out of the crisis in the State, adding that while she has deliberately refrained from commenting on the crisis rocking the state, those obviously benefiting from it have been fanning the embers of disunity.
“The First Lady, like any Nigerian, is free to visit the state of her birth. Dame Jonathan bears no grudge towards anyone as she is an individual who continues to tirelessly advocate for peace and harmony in Nigeria. We therefore reiterate that the First Lady’s name be left out of the politics in the State,” the statement added.
It therefore called on those dragging her into the politics of the state to learn to give respect to those who deserve respect so that they too can earn respect.
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