Punch Editorial : Patience Jonathan’s Excesses Must Be Curbed

Nigerian first lady, Patience Faka Jonathan
By Punch Newspaper's Editorial Board

Each time the wife of the President, Patience Jonathan, hits the road with her long motorcade, including bulletproof and bombproof limousines, or is having a whale of a time at an event, drivers and commuters who find themselves on her routes always have to live with the bitter experience of the encounter. As police empty the roads of traffic, forcing drivers to wait as her glamorous convoy drifts by, motorists are trapped in traffic for hours on end, while social and economic life of the affected community is brought to a halt abruptly.

The recent visit of Mrs. Jonathan to Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, in which her security details forcibly grounded the movement of residents, is the latest of such excesses that Nigerians have been forced to endure for the past three years. This impunity must stop. According to newspaper reports, Mrs. Jonathan’s security arrangement paralysed activities in the Port Harcourt Government Reservation Area for the four days of her visit. Armoured personnel carriers were deployed at two points, while gun-wielding operatives manned the points leading to her private residence. Many people missed their appointments because they were prevented from moving in and out of their houses.

When she came to Lagos last year, on a “thank-you visit” to some women groups for electing her husband president, she enacted a similar repulsive scenario.  During the visit, Lagos residents were subjected to an unprecedented road blockade, which gave rise to an unnerving five-hour traffic that grounded all human and economic activities. The First Lady was attending that event at Ocean View Restaurant on Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island.

Mrs. Jonathan’s misdemeanour, which still resonates more than a year after it happened, forced Governor Babatunde Fashola to lament, “Lagosians were needlessly inconvenienced…. It dawned on me the need for public officers generally to be more sensitive to the people we serve. It is particularly worrisome that this (she) is not an elected person. I think we all must check how security agencies use the movement of high officers, especially VIPs, to disrupt citizens and taxpayers, whose money is used to fuel all the vehicles and all the apparatus that we use to block the roads against them. It should not get to the level that we close the roads in the state because VIPs want to pass.” It cannot be said better.

But not long after the ridiculous show of power in Lagos, Mrs. Jonathan headed for Warri, Delta State, where she also caused hardship to residents through her security arrangements.  Needless to say, these foul-ups compound gridlocks on our roads.  On a few occasions, the First Lady has also broken protocol. During President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit to the United States in September 2012, she breached protocol by disembarking from the aircraft before the President, and shaking hands with officials waiting on the tarmac while her husband was still coming down from the plane. The First Lady is setting a bad example for wives of governors.

The position of the First Lady in the United States, from where the convention spread to other countries, is not an elected one, carries no official duties, and attracts no salary. But it glows with much glamour and the occupier is expected to handle the position with sublime grace. In the United Kingdom, the role of the Prime Ministerial Consort is not official and as such whoever occupies the office is not given a salary or official duties. Many of them prefer to remain very much in the background.  Indeed, the late Denis Thatcher once summed up the role of the ideal prime ministerial spouse as “always present, never there.” This is the ideal.

But operating under the loosely-defined, unconstitutional office of the “First Lady,” Mrs. Jonathan has been bringing the highest office in the land into disrepute since her husband assumed full duties as President in May 2010, by her public conduct. Her behaviour – when there is no reason for it – is leaving many citizens who have had their rights trampled on bitter but helpless.

This is not the practice in civilised societies. The basic requirement of civilised democracy is that everyone plays by the rules and that the rules command public confidence. In October 2011, it was reported that a stunned 27-year-old Indian woman was so agitated that she enquired from David Cameron, who chose to travel in a tube train during rush hour, “Excuse me, are you the Prime Minister?” The Prime Minister was reportedly travelling on the London Underground for an appointment.  The United States’ security services offer maximum protection to Michelle Obama while, at the same time, causing minimal inconvenience to other motorists and citizens. It is as outrageous as it is gravely uncivilised for official cortèges to take pleasure in inflicting pains on the people that such officials claim to be serving.

The itinerary of the First Lady can be smoothly planned without compromising her safety and the convenience of the citizens.  Mrs. Jonathan must recognise that power is ephemeral and should learn from the past occupants of the office who history does not favourably remember because they did incalculable damage to the image of the First Family. Fashola, who, as a governor, does not use sirens in his limited convoy, and does not harass other road users, offers a useful lesson in public morality and decorum. Even with the aura surrounding the office of President of the United States, whenever Barack Obama is visiting any part of America, information is fully circulated to the locality well ahead of time, and locals are given alternative routes that cause minimum inconveniences to use.

It is President Jonathan’s duty to caution his wife to stop this regime of offensive illegality that has tainted the Presidency and presented Nigeria in a bad light.
 

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I hope you are not jealous of

I hope you are not jealous of the first lady. Too bad. I will not blame her not with what the governours wives are doing. Be pragmatic, Dame Patience Jonathan did not start it. This thing started long ago maybe it was Babangida's time it gained prominence and has continued. Even state governors wife are not exempted. Why do you blame the innocent woman? If you want it to be stopped dont cry woolf at Patience but address the institution that has given that office prominence. This is the work of the legislatures and they too may not like to stop it because they too have their first ladies. You are only venting your anger on the innocent woman. Dont we have first lady in the army, navy, police? name it.

You are not communicating.

You are not communicating. You have said nothing despite your lengthy note.

Dame Faka Jonathan is an

Dame Faka Jonathan is an illiterate. A very vain market woman. So not much should be expected from such brainless fellow

@ jp so mdam is now in charge of her own secuirity abi? Mumu

Even an addict in a drug rehab will never write such nonsense! This editorial is not even meant to be read in a mad peoples home-very sure it came out from the rivers state government house or the head of amaechi-the said editor who wrote it is a functional illiterate-not capable of thinking straight-because of the gbana-hard drugs he often takes-Look its a well knon fact within security circles that visit by first ladies and heads of state are planned well ahead of time-by the security agencies-the first lady has no say-all they do is to ensure that they take her to the venue of the event period-even the journalist who cover these ceremonies are accredited months b4 it takes place-so the animals who wrote this rubbish should tell us if its the duty of the first lady to control the convoy? Or make security arrangements for her tours- I mean APC ATI AMAECHI should stop sponsoring these types of nonsense for us to read--silence is d only 4 d regional fools

Mrs jonathan now inncharge of her security animals

Even an addict in a drug rehab will never write such nonsense! This editorial is not even meant to be read in a mad peoples home-very sure it came out from the rivers state government house or the head of amaechi-the said editor who wrote it is a functional illiterate-not capable of thinking straight-because of the gbana-hard drugs he often takes-Look its a well knon fact within security circles that visit by first ladies and heads of state are planned well ahead of time-by the security agencies-the first lady has no say-all they do is to ensure that they take her to the venue of the event period-even the journalist who cover these ceremonies are accredited months b4 it takes place-so the animals who wrote this rubbish should tell us if its the duty of the first lady to control the convoy? Or make security arrangements for her tours- I mean APC ATI AMAECHI should stop sponsoring these types of nonsense for us to read--

Patience Jonathan's Excesses Must Be Curbed

This kind nonsense could only be found in Nigeria. But Patience should know that Nigerians are not fools but they are tolerance and full of patience. Patience Jonathan is sitting on time bomb that may explode very soon, be careful.

@timeforaction,I concur with

@timeforaction,I concur with ur response.All we do is make empty noise,n apportion blames.Though these inconveniences r becoming unbearable so much that an average Nigerian trembles by d mere sound of sirens.Be it d first lady,president,governor,imam or priest dis madness must stop.Even d most influential figure in d world doesn't go about d way our public officials do.The most disgusting of all are d LOW LIVES that calls themselves aides of those dignitaries,they r simply bunch of society rejects dat never tot they would go far in life if not wat is behind d sycophancy?Nigerians r cowards n opportunists n until we can rise above ethnic,religious sentiments things will never change

Our first lady is not the

Our first lady is not the first person in history to subject people to road blockade; this is a habit that is very common in top government officials and politicians. But with the case of the first lady we can’t be sure that she knows what her security detail is or what her security personnel are doing.

Delta Queen take caution.

Delta Queen no matter whatever the offense that the First Lady has committed it is not enough for you to castigate her in that manner.

@ Delta Queen

Delta Queen or whatever you call yourself, could you just mention one woman who won't do what she did if not worse than that. Even as a woman I bet you would do the same if you are to be in that position so just let the woman be.

no problem

I don't no why we in naija like complaining if some of u should b in that position u do the worse

are u still a learner?

If u don't av anything 2 say,why nt kip ur filthy mouth shut,& stop behaving lyk a retarded being,better wake up n face reality.

DONT MIND THE NOISE MAKERS

The noise makers!! We know them. They only interested in the oil and gas wealth of the SS and SE. The dont realise the mess they kept Nigeria for over 40 years. They left us with less than 2000mw of electricity; ITT left us with no land line; auditing firms was conduit pipe to enriching themselves. They left the owners of the OIL AND GAS WEALTH with devastated land and no federal government presence! Obasanjo had 8 years of unproductive regime. 10 billion dollars spent on power yet no power! Only 2 years of President Jonathan Goodluck and they are making all these noise. Let them face their BOKO HARAM brothers in the north led by boko haram Tinubu/Buhari.They only thing they fear is independence of the various regions! They only paylip service to it but deep down they are still greedy for the oil and gas wealth.

It is President Jonathan’s

It is President Jonathan’s duty to caution his wife to stop this regime of offensive illegality that has tainted the Presidency and presented Nigeria in a bad light.

I think the above quote captures powerfully the essence of the whole editorial. Jonathan should be able to rein in the hurricane he calls his wife if indeed he is the husband, or is he?

What a shame, another joke

What a shame, another joke huh. I see you are one of those joke

Deri stop being stupid

What has this to do with Buhari. Why are you always negative. You are an idiot and a pain in the ass to all internate readers. May you be curse for your support of injustice. Every body say amen and we see what become of you.

Which country are you talking

Which country are you talking about? USA or hell? Nobody cares if Obama or his wife visits a town/county/state. The only reason anybody cares is if he is coming to visit him or her. Do not say what you don't know or understand.

Mrs Jonathan, Time does not STAND STILL!

"Mrs. Jonathan must recognise that power is ephemeral and should learn from the past occupants of the office who history does not favourably remember because they did incalculable damage to the image of the First Family."

This says it all.
Mrs Jonathan, Time does not STAND STILL! 2015 is pretty round the corner.

oh boy you need to shine your eyes

@DERI, listen to yourself....they are here talking nonsense-would a state governor hide in his house during the visit of madam obama-as Amaechi did in pitakwa? Be that governor a republican or a democrat-he would be shown the way out"

The above statement unequivocally confirms that you are a first class idiot, village bush boy with no brains. You were most likely a Yahoo-Yahoo before being recruited to do display your stupidity and ignorance on-line.

EVEN A DRUG ADDICT WILL NOT PEN THIS RUBBISH

Even an addict in a drug rehab will never write such nonsense! This editorial is not even meant to be read in a mad peoples home-very sure it came out from the rivers state government house or the head of amaechi-the said editor who wrote it is a functional illiterate-not capable of thinking straight-because of the gbana-hard drugs he often takes-Look its a well knon fact within security circles that visit by first ladies and heads of state are planned well ahead of time-by the security agencies-the first lady has no say-all they do is to ensure that they take her to the venue of the event period-even the journalist who cover these ceremonies are accredited months b4 it takes place-so the animals who wrote this rubbish should tell us if its the duty of the first lady to control the convoy? Or make security arrangements for her tours- I mean APC ATI AMAECHI should stop sponsoring these types of nonsense for us to read--

too motch patience

1. Egbadi: you are too motch!

2. ABATI will korrekk you all: his former fish-mongering patrons are from da same region: no be so !!!

3. 'Monkey ... but 'im mama like am':

was it Socrates or Plato who said that?
or was it Abatiot???

4. the Wiesbaden ward is ready for Patience.
They have since renamed it: ARO ward.

Prof of Penkelewardisms

SILLY EDITORIAL FROM GOVERNMENT HOUSE-RUBBISH

9JA has outgrown lay-aboutS like u! Except u are alleging that u run into her @ Mushin bus stop-even at that u are hardly asked to get off the road completely-According to a friend who witnessed it all, during the era of Gowon, motorist WERE FORCED to wait for hours on end-while Gowon would still be in the bathroom-getting ready to shower for the trip-but this was a case of the 1st lady visiting a hostile environment-rather than have Punch question the governor 4 not showing up @ D EVENT, they are here talking nonsense-would a state governor hide in his house during the visit of madam obama-as Amaechi did in pitakwa? Be that governor a republican or a democrat-he would be shown the way out-its only in 9ja that we see such rubbish and have the media applaud the behaviour of the governor instead of condemning it-waiting to have dem write one on the certificate forgery case of the son in law 2 tinubu also!

your comment is quite

your comment is quite embarrassing as it shows you have little concern about the welfare of the common man. People like you make Nigeria a continuous atmosphere of misrule and negative excesses. You need to start realizing that you also have a right in Nigeria and stop worshiping people who abuse power and authority. I advice you have a deep reflection on the realities of Nigeria......

I remember when Obama visited

I remember when Obama visited Iowa City, Iowa, a city way smaller than any of the big cities in Nigeria. Nothing was disrupted, none whatsoever. The only thing noticeable were the blackhawk helicopters hovering ahead. The roads were free, a section was only blocked off when his motorcade was moving. And this is the most powerful man on earth. It's just a shame, our own leaders will deliberately trample on our rights and still come begging for our votes (re-election). Better wise-up people or this is just the beginning of things to come.

Beni!!!

Beni!!!

Re : OUR AMIABLE MODA

my exshenlenshi our mother president abeg no mind dis childrens of your fellow widows wey full SR. Na belle dey run dem. Imagine childrens wey dey play wit used tyres bare foot & only pant when u be deputy woman leader for mammi mkt 4 PH back in d days.dey come talk rubbish 4 here
My mummy, l say make l further remind u say u 4 try smile small 4 dis foto, e wan make u resemble mama caro 4 ugbiji qter 4 Bayelsa. U remember wey una quarel 4 2002, u abuse am say she urgly like rhinos. Abeg make u no come give am way to attack u back after 2015 oooo !! Thank u mama, take care of Uncle joe oo !! Hope u still dey serve am him best food, akamu wit orpa aka volume 5. Bye bye ma

Saw her on tv

I saw her on tv, she has her emblem 'Office of the first lady'. What a travesty!!.
We need a lawyer to challenge all these because as far as i cold remember, it is not an office.

Kai you this guy get mouth o,

Kai you this guy get mouth o, is it our amiable and smashing first lady who rose through didn't of hardwork, scholarship and dexterity to the pinnacle of the civil service in Bayelse state as Perm Second that you are descrbing this way? A woman who is a world acclaimed coach in etiquette..lol

Get rid of Dumbo's pain in the ass

This boorish and agbero-like old hag called Patience Jonathan is both a nuisance and disgrace to Nigerian and Nigerians. It's pertinent to note that only the uncouth, thieving and murderous criminals of the PDP mafia as symbolized by Dumbo can produce and inflict on society such an eyesore of a bloody old witch. Practical advice to all decent Nigerians: Henceforth, boo, hound, curse and chase away from your neighborhood the rude and immoral woman. Dumbo's pain in the ass must be neutralized.

Re : madam no mind those bloody civilians

Next time jus pack align from d convoy and wait to buy bolle & epa, even branch eat fufu 4 dat canteen wey u & bro jona dey visit wen una dey Uniport 4 facaulty of zoology near dat big poutry wey pig dey like play around. U REMEMBER ?

Doe o ! take am easy eh. As if women wey dey sell 4 mile 12 no deserve him sumall repect.

madam less l 4get, say make l remind u say August meeting go soon reach, my aunty get d yellow to match of d dress u wear & d gelle even wit hollandis wraper.
tanku ma, our dear mother. Doe o,sorry yea !

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