Patience Jonathan Promises Better Times For Women

Patience-Jonathan-in-EdoNigeria’s First Lady, Patience Jonathan on Thursday said no other government in the history of Nigeria has given women the prominence they deserve as much as the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Mrs Jonathan stated this at a rally in Lagos where she reeled out other achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration including youth empowerment, agricultural innovations, education transformation amongst others.

She called on all women to ensure they show their appreciation by voting PDP for Continuation.

The rally which held at the National Stadium in Lagos witnessed a large turnout of the Party’s leadership and supporters.

The First Lady has been touring Nigerian cities seeking support for her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the 2015 presidential elections scheduled to take place on March 28.

Patience Jonathan Campaigns in Kaduna

Patience-JonathanNigeria’s First lady, Dame Patience Jonathan on Wednesday, told Kaduna women to vote for her husband, President Goodluck Jonathan in the  forth coming presidential election (March 28) because he has performed creditably well to guarantee a re-election for another tenure.

Dame Jonathan who was represented by wife of the vice President, Mrs Amina Namadi Sambo made the appeal at the township stadium in Kaduna, North-west Nigeria, during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Women Presidential Campaign rally for the re-election of President Jonathan.

She stressed that President Jonathan has given women special attention by appointing them in top public offices in all sectors and have also continued to accord them their rightful places even in federal appointments.

The first lady also reiterated that President Jonathan’s administration has provided various empowerment programmes to Nigerian women, and therefore asked them to reciprocate the gesture by voting for her husband in the forthcoming presidential election.

On his part, Kaduna State Governor, ‎Mukhtar Yero, told the gathering that only the PDP would take Nigeria to the promised land, stressing that the state is the stronghold of the PDP and will continue to be.

He disclosed that about 40 per cent women in the state would be benefiting in the SMEDAN ‎project which is soon to be launched in the state, therefore encouraged the women to come out  and cast their votes for the PDP.

Asking ICC To Investigate Patience Jonathan Is Absurd – Fani-Kayode

APCThe Director of Media and Publicity for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Femi Fani-Kayode has described the call for the investigation of the Nigerian First Lady, Mrs Patience Jonathan, by the International Criminal Court (ICC) as “absurd and an empty ranting of the opposition”.

Mr Fani-Kayode also took a swipe on the APC presidential candidate, retired General Muhamadu Buhari, insisting that he is the one that has questions to answer in the Hague.

“Empty And Boastful Ranting”

He said: “We read with amusement, the threat by the Buhari campaign organisation through the spokesperson, Mr Garuba Shehu, that it is their intention to drag the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, before the International Criminal Court of Justice (ICC), for allegedly indulging in what they described as “hate speech” at a recent rally in River State.

“Their threat to take the First lady before the ICC is not only absurd, but it is also nothing but the empty and boastful ranting of a perfidious, desperate, decaying and dying political party and such threat will amount to nothing.

“The truth is that if anybody is a candidate for the ICC, it is certainly not Dame Patience Jonathan, but rather General Mohammadu Buhari himself”.

Mr Fani-Kayode further said that another episode which Buhari had questions to answer, was his role in a mass murder of hundreds of people in the northern part of Nigeria. He alleged that General Buhari’s supporters murdered a number of young youth corpers who were in their prime in 2011.

‘Stone Anybody’

The APC Presidential Campaign Organisation had lodged a formal complaint against Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Jonathan, to the ICC and other agencies over statements credited to her asking Nigerians to stone anybody calling for change in the country.

Mrs Jonathan allegedly made the statement at the PDP Women Campaign in Calabar, Cross River State, last week .

The letter of complaint was signed by the Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation and Governor of Rivers State, Mr Rotimi Amaechi.

Governor Amaechi, said by her statement, the First Lady was clearly asking the PDP to attack the APC supporters because Nigerians know that change is the slogan of the opposition party.

Governor Amaechi lamented Mrs Jonathan’s hate speech, saying it contravened the laws and also the Abuja Peace Pact endorsed by the 13 presidential candidates in the March 28 election.

 

Only Jonathan Can Take Care Of Nigerian Women- First Lady

jonathanThe First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan has called on all women to vote for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan as he is the only one that can take care of their interest.

The First Lady stated this in Lokoja at  a campaign rally to galvanize support for the President in  the forthcoming March 28th presidential election.

Dame Patience had taken the campaign for the re-election of the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan to several States in the last few days.

Patience Jonathan made a stop at the confluence city, Lokoja where a rally for Mr President had been organised by the PDP Women Presidential Campaign Team at the Lokoja township stadium..

Women were already seated as early as 8am while security at the venue was also beefed up as Governor Idris Wada and his cabinet members were also at the venue to receive the First Lady.

Arrival of the First Lady and her entourage in company of the wife of the Governor kick started the event with an opening speech from Hajiha Lami Wada assuring the First Lady that women in the State would vote the President come March 28th.

Different speakers came up to the podium to urge women to vote for President Jonathan whom they said had done so much for the women.

Governor Idris Wada was not left out as he enumerated some the achievements of the President to the people of Kogi and urged kogite to vote for continuity.

The First Lady told the women that the past government had restricted women to the kitchen while President Jonathan came and changed the statue quo by appointing women into various  leadership position.

Women Promised 45% Political Appointment If Jonathan Is Re-elected

nigerian womenNigerian women have been promised a new deal of 45 per cent political appointment  if  President Goodluck Jonathan is re-elected president for a second term in office in the March 28 election.

The promise was declared on Saturday when Women of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gathered in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, to rally support for President Jonathan’s second term bid at the popular IBB square.

Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of the president, who addressed the rally  said the 10 per cent increase from the initial 35 per cent affirmative action was to reward the Nigerian women who had done exceptionally well for the nation.

The crowd of mainly PDP supporter at the IBB square, Makurdi, was led by governor Gabriel Suswam, his wife and top leaders of the party. They had come to welcome Nigeria’s first lady, who was in Benue State for the PDP women campaign for Jonathan.

Also at the rally, were different women support groups, seeking the re-election of the President.

The wife of the Benue State governor, Yemisi Suswam,  who led the women groups to the PDP women rally for Jonathan, urged them to do the needful on election day.

While the PDP women leader, Kema Chikwe and Mrs Sophie Terzor, wife of the PDP governorship candidate in Benue assured the first lady of their total support.

Governor Suswam also urged the women not to disappoint him, as they had always been his loyal supporters.

The coordinator of the Goodluck-Sambo Campaign Organisation in Benue, Mr Sam Odeh, while commending PDP women, said that the President had impacted positively on their lives to warrant their support.

Bayelsa Female Politicians Laid To Rest In Yenagoa

bayelsaThe remains of the female politicians, who died in a ghastly auto accident have been laid to rest at the Bayelsa State cemetery, Azikoro in Yenagoa, the State capital.

On February 14th, 2015 Bayelsa State lost eight top female politicians in a ghastly auto accident along the Ahoada – Elele road.

The first lady of the country, Dame Patience Jonathan and the Bayelsa State governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson as well as wives of the Anambra and Ekiti State governors joined other sympathisers in paying glowing tributes to the women at a special memorial service organised by the Bayelsa State government at the Gabriel Okara cultural centre in Yenagoa.

Also in attendance, President Jonathan noted that he had a personal relationship with almost all the women involved in the accident.

Dame Patience Jonathan, clad in a black attire, described the late women as her sisters and friends, who shared her dreams and vision to make life more meaningful for the citizenry.

In his tribute, governor Seriake Dickson expressed gratitude to President Jonathan and his wife Dame Patience for personally attending the State funeral service, particularly the show of concern exhibited by the first lady, whom he said had earlier paid condolence visits to each of the families affected by the tragedy.

Governor Dickson remarked that the gruesome death of the women would remain a tragedy to their immediate families and in the history of the State.

In his tribute to his late wife, Mrs Elizabeth Oguru, secretary to the State government, Prof. Edmund Alison-Oguru described her as a wonderful and humble woman, who lived a rewarding life.

In a brief exhortation, Apostle Zilly Aggrey, General Overseer of the Royal House of Grace Church, made references to the scriptures, stating that, no one ‘could question the will of God’. He further prayed to God to comfort the families left behind by the deceased.

Representatives of each of the bereaved families also paid tributes to the deceased and gave a brief background of their lives and contributions to their families and the State and wished them perfect and peaceful rest in the bosom of the Lord.

PVC Collection Sensitization Begins For Women In Anambra

pvc-2A sensitization programme has been organized for women in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State in a bid to ensure that a greater number of women participate in the forth coming election as well as resist voter apathy amongst the women folk.

The programme which was an initiative of the wife of the President, Dame Patience Jonathan, targeted the participation of all women in the forthcoming election who will, first of all, collect their Permanent Voter Cards.

According to the coordinator of the programme , Mrs. Nneoma Nwakuna, who was a representative of the wife of the President in Ihiala,  made it clear to the hundreds of women gathered, that without collecting their PVCs, their choice candidate cannot be voted in, their future and that of their children will be in the hands of an undesired leader.

The role of women in election cannot be neglected as they have the highest voting strength especially here in Nigeria. It is this common knowledge that a massive grass-roots awareness and mobilization of women had commenced in Ihiala local government.

The sensitization programmed tagged, “Operation collect your Permanent Voter Cards and Tell your Neighbour to do so, drew hundreds of women from all the 20 wards in the council area where the coordinator of the programme drummed the need for every woman to go and collect her voters card. She faulted INEC on the distribution process but encouraged the women not to be deterred by the cumbersome collection process.

The Chairman of Contact and Mobilization Committee of the Presidential Campaign Organisation in Anambra and immediate past State Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Ken Emeakayi, who was one of the resource persons, told the women that their participation in the election would enable them earn positions of leadership in political parties as well as raise the profile of Nigerian women as an important voting bloc. He urged INEC to listen to the complaints of Ihiala women and bring down the PVCs to the poling units where they registered.

Following the complaints of the women who lamented over the distribution process as very worrisome, a trip to the local government headquarters revealed that many people are yet to collect their PVCs. According to the INEC Assistant Electoral Officer in charge of Administration in Ihiala Local Government Area, Mrs. Ebele Ezeaku, said over three quarter of the PVCs have been distributed.

Few male voters were sighted collecting their cards while a pile of cards still remained and yet to be collected. Mrs. Ezeaku urged everybody to go and collect their cards at various collection centres as the distribution is still ongoing.

Dame Patience Urges Women To Aspire For Leadership Positions

Patience JonathanNigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan has urged Nigerian women to always aspire for leadership positions in order to contribute to the overall development of the country.

Dame Patience made the call in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital while launching the state chapter of her non-governmental organization, Women for Change and Development Initiative (W4CDI).

She also distributed empowerment materials and foodstuffs to womenfolk in the state.

She said gone are the days when women were believed not to have capabilities to hold higher posts or be saddled with higher responsibilities, adding that women appointees under President Jonathan have proved the cynics wrong.

Dame Patience who distributed bags of foodstuff and working materials like hair dryers and sewing machines to women across the 16 local governments of the state urged them to continue supporting the Jonathan administration for more dividends of democracy.

The wives of the governors of Kogi, Benue and Cross River also lauded the initiative of the wife of the president which they said has positively touched the lives of millions of women in the country.

Jacob Zuma Hosts Dame Patience Jonathan, Other African First Ladies

Patience Jonathan,South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has commended African first ladies for what he calls their immense efforts to promote peace and development on the continent.

President Zuma was speaking at a dinner on Friday night where he hosted the wife of Nigeria’s President, Dame Patience Jonathan, and other first ladies ahead of their meeting on Saturday in Pretoria, the South African capital.

He acknowledged that the activities of the first ladies are key to achieving lasting peace on the continent of Africa and the “advancement of the African agenda”, adding that “states cannot be the sole actors in improving the human condition in the continent”.

Speaking at the dinner, Mrs Patience Jonathan reiterated, “It is important that activities of the African First Ladies Peace Mission are central to peace building, restoration of peace and elimination of human suffering and ultimately promoting the development of our societies.

“We should therefore engage ourselves as well as encourage other women to be potential tools for peace in our continent.”

Dame Patience is the current President of the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission and is in South Africa this weekend for the executive bureau meeting of the grouping.

Jonathan’s Vatican Visit Important To Nigeria – Ambassador Okeke

Goodluck Jonathan waveNigeria’s ambassador to the Holy See, Dr Francis Okeke, has said that the President’s scheduled visit to the Vatican is important to the nation.

In an interview with Channels Television, Dr Okeke disclosed that all was set for President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the Holy See otherwise known as the Vatican City.

He also mentioned that apart from the meeting with the Pope, the visit is an attempt to reestablish contact with the Holy See authorities because they have an important part to play in Nigeria’s affairs.

He recalled that the Christian religion brought education to Nigeria over one hundred years ago, and the Holy See plays an important part with other Christian religions in supporting education in Nigeria.

“Besides, the President would like to take this opportunity to do a pilgrimage for himself and the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”, he said.

Also, in a statement signed by the President’s aide on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, the Presidency on Wednesday disclosed its plans to embark on a 6-day working tour which would take President Jonathan to the 2014 Global Nuclear Security Summit which opens at The Hague in Holland, on Monday, March 24, 2014.

The statement read, “The President, accompanied by the First lady, Dame Patience Jonathan will leave Abuja for Windhoek early on Thursday for a two-day state visit to Namibia in the course of which he will participate in a business forum aimed at boosting trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Namibia.

“President Jonathan will also attend the celebration of Namibia’s 24th Independence Anniversary as a Special Guest of Honour on Friday before departing for Rome and the Vatican for talks on Saturday, March 22, 2014 with Pope Francis and Monsignor Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State.”.

Jonathan To Meet World Leaders At Global Nuclear Security Summit

jonathan_goodluckPresident Goodluck Jonathan has been scheduled to join other world leaders, including President Barrack Obama of the United States, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany at the 2014 Global Nuclear Security Summit which opens at the Hague in Holland on Monday, March 24, 2014.

This was contained in a statement signed by the president’s aide on media and publicity, Reuben Abati, PhD.

The statement adds that “President Jonathan’s visit to Holland for the Nuclear Security Summit will be the final leg of a six-day working tour which will also take him to Namibia and Italy”.

“The President, accompanied by the First lady, Dame Patience Jonathan will leave Abuja for Windhoek early on Thursday for a two-day state visit to Namibia in the course of which he will participate in a business forum aimed at boosting trade and economic relations between Nigeria and Namibia.

“President Jonathan will also attend the celebration of Namibia’s 24th Independence Anniversary as a special guest of honour on Friday before departing for Rome and the Vatican for talks on Saturday, March 22, 2014 with Pope Francis and Monsignor Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State” the statement said.

It also revealed that “the President will leave Italy for the Netherlands after conferring with the Pope and he is scheduled to lead a high-powered Nigerian delegation to talks on Sunday with the Dutch Prime Minister, Mr. Mark Rutte and senior officials of the Dutch Government before the opening of the Nuclear Security Summit on Monday.

“President Jonathan will, later that day, meet with the Chief Executive Officer and other high-ranking officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s largest joint venture partners, Shell Petroleum International, which has its headquarters in the Netherlands”.

The President will also “witness the signing of an investment agreement between Nigeria and Dutch textile giants, Vlisco and meet with Nigerians living in the Netherlands during his visit”.

Those in the president’s entourage include the Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen. Aliyu Gusau (rtd.), the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd.), the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Aminu Wali, the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investments, Dr. Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of Communications and ICT, Mrs. Omobola Johnson and other senior government officials.

President Jonathan will leave the Netherlands for Abuja at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit on Tuesday, March 25.