First Lady's Illness Revelation: Presidency Has Lost Credibility - ACN

President Goodluck Jonathan and the firstlady, Patience Jonathan
By Alhaji Lai Mohammed- National Publicity Secretary Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has congratulated First Lady Patience Jonathan for her miraculous return from the dead, while slamming the presidency for losing whatever is left of its credibility over its handling of the First Lady's illness saga.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the revelation by the First Lady on the extent of her illness, especially the fact that she passed out for seven days before she said God miraculously brought her back to life, cannot but elicit joy among Nigerians, irrespective of their political leanings.

However, Nigerians must be wondering why the government they elected into office chose to lie to them that the First Lady was holidaying abroad when indeed she was gravely ill in a foreign hospital.

''While we felicitate with the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on her recovery from whatever illness it was that afflicted her, we will be remiss if we fail to recollect how the presidency denied 'rumours' of the First Lady illness and poured scorn on the media and the imaginary enemies of the government for fuelling the 'satanic rumours'.

''We will also like to remind the presidency that its denial, instead of full disclosure that would have elicited nothing more than fervent prayers from Nigerians, fuelled the rumours that the First Lady suffered from sundry afflictions or the consequences of tummy tuck!'' ACN said.

The party said that in one of the many rebuttals, the First Lady's spokesperson, Ayo Osinlu, was quoted to have said she (Mrs Jonathan) travelled abroad to take a 'moment's rest', given that she had not taken a rest since President Jonathan's election.

Osinlu had told Nigerians in the heat of the illness saga: ''If you look at her itinerary in August (2012), you will be wondering how she was able to accomplish that. In the course of this week, she will be back home.

But remember, it all depends on her plans.''

ACN also recalled that the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, dismissed Mrs. Jonathan's reported
illness as a rumour, saying ''there is nothing like that.''

It said that amid all the denials, the President himself maintained a stoic mien and carried on with his duties as if all was well, thereby
lending credibility to the lies and deceit.

''The issue here is simple If the presidency can so shamefacedly lie on an issue of such public interest as the health of the First
Lady, why should we not believe it can lie on any other issue, whether it is economy, politics, social development or any other matter? For
how long has this presidency been misleading Nigerians on critical issues, since we now have reason to doubt its credibility? Does it occur to
this presidency that it has turned Nigeria to a laughing stock by its now routine denials of the truth?

''Like we have said time and again, any government needs to be credible to win the trust of the citizens, without which it cannot govern effectively. With the revelation by our back-from-the-dead First Lady, it is clear that the Jonathan Presidency has egg on its face, and must apologize to Nigerians for lying to them. Also, the spokesmen for this government have lost total credibility, hence their words will henceforth be taken with a pinch of salt,'' the party said.

It reiterated its earlier stand that the health of public officials cannot and must not be a closet affair, because it is of public interest. While it may be argued, though not conceded, that the First Lady is not a public official by virtue of her position, she is a public official by virtue of her being a Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa State!

''It is sad that despite what we and many Nigerian groups and individuals have said on this issue, the Jonathan Administration took its script directly from the Yar'adua group's book of deceit when the late President was ill and flown abroad. Now, Governors Sullivan Chime of Enugu, Danbaba Suntai of Taraba and Liyel Imoke of Cross River are all playing according to the Jonathan script.

''We are therefore renewing our call for openness and full disclosure on the state of health of public officials. Life itself is transient, not to talk of positions. And as a spiritual leader of the calibre of Pope Benedict has shown recently, no office is more important that life itself,'' ACN said

Alhaji Lai Mohammed
National Publicity Secretary
Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)
Lagos, Feb. 18th 2013

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Our brother lied

Fellow SS and SE people, our brother lied when he has absolutely no reason to that is what pained me in this matter! He is the one that given the opportunity for to Lie to rubbish him... Hope he will learn from this!

Your brain has been bleached, I pray God will redeem your soul

Well, in response to your comments. I must first advice you should go back to school and learn spelling because you writings are full of blonder. Secondly, you don't lie as a leader tell me any of the PDP ruling states that has conducted local govt. elections? Shame on them!

Before you come out to make any comment ask questions, find out the truth and stop being follower of deceit otherwise you'll remain ignorant until you're led to your grave without knowing. Stop fighting another man's course because you might just be fighting the wrong fight and pray to God for spiritual and physical revolution of our great country "Nigeria" God Bless Nigeria

RULERS & LAIRS

In nigeria of today only lairs rule.We must learn to vote for leaders.

Tinubu health card

This is an important question. The AC will always attack others, but refuse to own up to their own faults. Ikuforiji is accused of fraud. Gbajabiamila as well. Tinubu most fraudulent politician south of the sahara. He looks very sick. he also appears to be on drugs. we saw his slurred speech at Akeredolu's last campaign in Akure. the man has shrinked and we recal he was hospitalised in feb 8 2012, and August 2011. Lie Mohammed shd tell u wats wrong with him since he is public figure and "leader of opposition"...lwkmd

Shame on Nigerians! So 2

Shame on Nigerians! So 2 wrongs now make a ryt! I am sorry for our children!

Role of opposition, correct

Its very clear that Lai was right. If ¶residency c ould lied to nigeria about the state of health of first lady, which other area do you think govt is truthful. Our president should ready to do the right thing before people begin revocation. Nigeria is most lawless nation in the world,yetbiro thieve are go freely. If #3tri has stoled for the last 10yrs, what is our fate n future. Oyinbo enter this ountry with every flight, what do u think they come to do? Our system are never work well.

Artificial coma is not akin to death.

Stop dishing us this rubbish about being dead for 9 days. U were probably placed in an artificial coma during this time at not dead. U should rather thank the German doctors and leave god out of this. During ur stay many German-taxi-dirvers became rich over night. Imagine paying a driver Euro 80 per hour with overtime for 24 hrs standby and for the number of days she spent in Germany. Most of the Taxis did not even have to move at all. Such nonsense will continue until the masses kick against it. Remember the UYA-dead corpse saga in Saudi Arabia and the cost we incured by parking the presidential jet there for months of end and the crooking of UYA´signature on the supplementary budget. Till today, nobody has been questioned about it.

Lost Credibility?

Lost credibility? You cannot lose what you never had.

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Slow thinking Nigerians

Only slow thinking Nigerians, wuld not get that the sharing of the testimony at this particular time, is to justify passing of the =N4billion budget for the first ladies building.
We are glad she is alife, also sad that there are very few ppl in dis country who the system would pay to keep alive 7days after loss of conciousness! My mother was pronouced dead 7min after she lost conciousness @luth.
Am happy for the 1st lady, but am not blind to d undertone!!!!!!!

Yeye ACN a.k.a apaco (apc)

I just dislike the line of thinking of this ACN people
,Nothing meaningful to offer nigerians...only
Spiteful and heartless comment that doesn't make sence
.I hope they know that Nigeria is not a
"Bus garage" and they should stop all this senceless
"Bus garage" politics..Its high time the start
Telling us everything that happens in their homes
To prove their credibility ..ACN Should go and
Organise local govt elections in OYO and OSUN
States and stop deceiving nigerian..
Yeye party

First lady's illness

This is a reminder that these people need to build a international standard hospital in Nigeria. They will surely need it again no matter how many years the leave to be.

From "Little Rest" to "Resurrection" ...You Are All Fools !!!

...Who call Mullah Lai Mohammed names, your brains have been bleached by PDP propaganda to see the common truth in his submission. He rightly claimed the Dumbos are serial liars and instead of analysing the validity of his claim you're resorting to name calling. Didn't Abati, Maku, Okupe and other senior crumb-catchers claim she was taking "a little rest" after hectic days? Now they're telling you she "resurrected" from the dead after longer days than the Biblical Lazarus and you still believe such nonsense. After telling you she was "never" at that hospital, she now says God sent her back to Nigeria to finish her 4Billion Naira "Mission House" and you still believe? It must be Bleach that was used to brainwash you fools!

The real Shame is the Catholic Cardinal caught on camera during Lent partying away N500mln in a land where over 97% struggle to survive on less than $2/day! No wonder a Black Man has not been Pope in over 1,500yrs! African "Owambe" Mentality ...!!!

Look at the Objectivity of the Piece

The piece from Lai mohammed has been misconstrued by many.No one demands to know the state of health of first lady. The fact that the presidency subverted the truth is the most unfortunate and disillusioning aspect of the saga. While she was away, questions were asked and the presidency should have honorably stated that she went for medical treatment, knowing that is the truth, instead of lying to subvert the truth which now came to the bare. It simply shows GEJ and his cohorts have penchant for peddling lies and are not to be trusted on any statement dat emanates from the presidency because they are supposed truth coloured with lies. So so uofortunate this is what has been obtainable in our presidency since the military era and democracy has even worsened it.

president pinocchio

No wonder his nose is really huge. I wonder if it was smaller before all the campaign lies. Can SR do a before and after of GEJ's nose? Mr president some advice for you "Eloquent speech is not suited for a fool, how much more lying lips for a ruler." But of course, you did not lie.

I dnt even know why our

I dnt even know why our sences are being assailed
With this Dame patience issue afterall we eere
Told that she only went on holiday and when
She returned the 1st time she debunked all
The stories concerning her health,so why is
She now announcing dat she died for 7days n
Bla bla bla ,what does she want us to do dance?
PlS Nigeria has more serious issues that need
Urgent solution our health care system being
One of them..

Love unlimited!!!

...shame to the devils & the prophets of doom.

May Princess Patience live forever!

Una see the 'peeshure'?

This na correct 'orobikobo'!

Long live the United Republic of the SS&SE

LAI, WHATS ASIWAJU'S STATE OF HEALTH

before you start makin an issue out of this plz tell us the state of health of ur Godfather. recently the man has emaciated so rapidly, his right hand appears to be in perpetual tremor to the extent that he can hardly feed himself with a steady right hand, or even hold a microphone. Does he have parkinson's? a look at his eyes shows the bulge becoming more prominent. Is this a sign of thyroid disease.Could His incoherence be traced to mood altering substance like cocaine or heroine?. some of us will appreciate ful dsiclosure of his health profile so we can pray for him. He is a public figure

Good One There, Uncle Lai!

Good one there uncle Lai. But problems is you can never give what you don't have. For a man like Jonathan, legendary for his deficit in honor, character and integrity, you don't even start to talk about his Presidency or government losing integrity. He never had one, does not have and is not planning on having any. He is that pathetic.

ILLNESS

Im sure another N5billy will help madame lazarus forget about being dead in that cold oyinbo village.
Or shoulnt one mention the fact that she isnt too sick to stop her greedy ammassing of wealth.
I leave you to carry on squabbling over irrelevant people.

Look at the Objectivity of the Piece

The piece from Lai mohammed has been misconstrued by many.No one demands to know the state of health of first lady. The fact that the presidency subverted the truth is the most unfortunate and disillusioning aspect of the saga. While she was away, questions were asked and the presidency should have honorably stated that she went for medical treatment, knowing that is the truth, instead of lying to subvert the truth which now came to the bare. It simply shows GEJ and his cohorts have penchant for peddling lies and are not to be trusted on any statement dat emanates from the presidency because they are supposed truth coloured with lies. So so uofortunate this is what has been obtainable in our presidency since the military era and democracy has even worsened it.

Re Lai is a Joker

@Ahmed, you are also a joker, more than N4billion public fund was budgeted for her kangaroo project recently. yes public money and you are here talking trash. That project and all the public money allocated to the first lady's office should have been financed by Jonathan. Pls just shut it there.

GEJ's embrace of Aunty Peshe

GEJ's embrace of Aunty Peshe in this picture is not firm. Just take a look at his hand. Just wondering. Meanwhile may God grant Aunty good health and long life.

Say the truth

If first lady become sick,its a private thing cos she was not elected but when she needs 4 billion 4 her project its included in the national budget.

why we fear 2 much

Why naija pple fear to say d truth,so cos Gej is president he shud lie? When bill cliton had sex with Monica liwinsky as a private tin bt morally d pple of usa held him responsible and he publicly apologies to his wife and all d citizens of usa. But in naija our leaders are perfect

ACN can never change.

ACN should go and DIE for all i care. Do u think the president is a negative person like u,he belives in God and knows dat with God all tins ar possible.u want him 2 start broadcasting negative tins upon his wife so dat negative people we now use opportunity against him.the president has now shown u people he is wiser than u think. Mind u he can be bad and has told nigerians lie but his God loves him so much to have believe that God will restore back the first lady to live. Mind u ONE WITH GOD IS ONE WiTH MAJORITY.ACN leave goodluck alone ACN.Afterall ACN has never told us truth b4,

Most Ignorant commentators

The Presidents wife is a public figure by virtue of her position as a permanent secretary in Bayelsa state. Did all the commentator miss this part of the write-up.

The first was not elected only GEJ

The first lady was not elected but she has the right to lavish tax payers money. Is that what you are saying?

ABATI: There's Nothing Like That

I hope Reuben Abati and the notorious group of liars can now apologise to the nation. Or would he still say: There's nothing like that!

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Bless u too my brother.

PDP and their leaders are a disgrace to the black race

PDP and their leaders are a disgrace to the black race. Lai Muhammed God bless you for speaking the truth to power. they will never change.
Where are the likes of Abati who were saying Patience Jonathan was holidaying and those saying she was ill and ferried to Germany with tax payers' jets were rumour mongering and a "figment of their imagination?" If only these people will have some shame and apologise!

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