Patience Jonathan Changes Gear, Agrees that Girls were Abducted from Chibok
After initially showing from her body language and utterances that the incident of abduction at the government secondary School, Chibok, was a hoax and a conspiracy to embarrass her husband, first lady Dame Patience Jonathan on Saturday changes gear apparently in acceptance that there was truly a kidnap.
The statement by the first lady asked everyone to shun partisanship and focus instead on the urgent task at hand to bring back our girls.
Signed by her Director of Information, Ayo O. Adesugba, the first lady said she shares in the pain and grief of affected mothers whose daughters were kidnapped.
“Dame Jonathan and the AFLPM share in the pain and grief of the affected mothers as well as the families of victims of terrorism and pray that Nigeria will soon overcome the scourge of terrorism and insecurity,” she said.
She expressed belief that the “combination of the contributions of the international community and Nigeria’s committed, loyal and patriotic security forces will further strengthen the search and rescue effort and help to bring the current situation to a happy ending.”
Dame Jonathan thanked the international community for sending out a strong message, consistent with the objectives of the Africa First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) which she heads, and its efforts to promote peace and stability, “that the entire world stands in solidarity with the government and good people of Nigeria against injustice and impunity at all times and in all places, and will always uphold commonly accepted global values that promote justice, stability and peace in all nations.”
On behalf of the AFLPM, she strongly condemned the abduction of the Chibok girls by Boko Haram as well as terrorist activities in other parts of Africa describing them “as callous, retrogressive and totally unacceptable.”
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