The show of
shame and public display of lack of decorum, indecency and over bloated
self-importance a couple of days ago at the Port Harcourt International Airport
by Mrs. Patience Jonathan is pointer to the fact that the former first lady is
yet to come to terms with the fact that her husband is no longer the president
of the country and that her tenure as first lady long ended with the May 29th 2005
handing over/swearing in. Contrary to some media reports that Mrs.
Jonathan who prefers to be called Mama Peace was embarrassed and humiliated at
a south-south airport on the orders of some Abuja powerful politicians, by
denying her access to the VIP lounge of the air port, what really happened was
that mama Peace wanted to be accorded the same privileges she had enjoyed while
she was first lady.
staff and officials merely politely and respectfully told our dear Mama Peace
that she’s no longer entitled to the privilege of being driven onto the Tarmac
through the VIP lounge gate into the airport facility. It is a known fact that
only the President of the federal Republic and others in that class has the
exclusive reserve of being driven onto the Tarmac through the VIP lounge, due
to security implications and in line with international aviation safety code.
There was no time the officials of the airport told the former First lady that
they were executing any orders from Abuja, as was widely circulated and
speculated by a section of the media and wrongly asserted by the main
opposition political party, the PDP.
Also read: Security agents humiliates Patience Jonathan
Jonathan who immediately threw dignity into the wind as usual, lashed out at
officials of the airport screaming on top of her voice, cursing and threatening
the civil servants who were simply doing the job they are paid to do, needs to
be properly reminded and enlightened about her conduct and responsibility of
her new states as a former first lady. She must be tutored to effectively blend
her attitudes with the present reality, she must be properly educated that one
of the implications of no longer being In power is that she no longer get to be
driven onto the tarmac in any airport in Nigeria and outside their country.
As a former
first lady, there are basic rules of civilized conduct she is expected to obey.
As difficult as it may seem for her to blend and assume her new status of an
ordinary citizen, having being in position of authority as wife of deputy
governor, wife of governor, wife of vice president and first lady since the
past 16years, where she is virtually being worshiped and treated as small god,
this is time for her to embrace the challenge, requirement and societal demands
of her new status. Mama Peace should desist from further ridiculing the already
bettered image of the former president Goodluck Jonathan and allow the
gentleman to peacefully relax and heal the wound of his defeat at the last
In as much as Mrs. Patience Jonathan deserves certain respect and privileges as
wife of a former president and former first lady of the federal republic of
Nigeria. There is need for her to avoid trying to over bloat such respect and
privileges that is due to her. Mama Peace should emulate her predecessors and
former Nigerian First Ladies who didn’t only carry themselves and always act
with a high sense of decorum and dignity but has fully blended and embraced the
full responsibilities of life outside the paraphernalia and glamour of office
of first lady.
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