The First Lady, Patience Jonathan has denied reports that she is planning to host the 8th summit of the African First Ladies Peace Mission on Friday because she wants to deny the wife of the President-elect, Hajia Aisha Buhari, the opportunity of becoming the President of the mission.
According to media reports; the election of executives for the African First Ladies Peace Mission was supposed to be in July, but Mrs Jonathan, who is the current President of the mission, brought it back to May in order to make sure she has a successor before the handing over on May 29th.
A statement by Media aide Mr. Ayo Adewuyi, on behalf of the First Lady has however claimed that there is no truth in the reports that has been circulating;
Below is an excerpt from the statement,
“Arising from the above, it is therefore clear that this is not a personal matter nor specifically a Nigeria sole affair but a continental platform governed by its own rules and protocols just as similar international organisations.
“It would therefore be out of place for anyone to insinuate that it is intended to shut out the incoming First Lady. This cannot be farther from the truth.
“We state therefore without any iota of equivocation that it is mischievous for anyone to scheme to cause disaffection between the outgoing and incoming First Ladies, Dame Patience Jonathan, and Hajia Aisha Buhari.
“Let us therefore come together in our tradition of hospitality to heartily welcome our guests, the African First Ladies, as they arrive Abuja for the 8th Summit of the Mission.
“Let us always remember that the personal ambition of anybody is not worth destroying the image of the nation.”