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The Buzz Surrounding First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan – Presidency Denies Buying 200 Cars for African First Lady’s Summit

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The First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan seems to have been in the news quite often in recent times over controversial topics. Though the buzz and public outcry surrounding her appointment as a Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa state is yet to settle down, she is yet again in the news.

She is said to be in a squabble with the former first lady, Turai Yar’Adua over a property located in the central business district of Abuja. Although the Attorney General of the Federation has asked the court handling the case to discontinue further hearing, and the case would now be settled out of court, the news again raised some debates across the country.

Recently, she was in the news over her purported purchase of 200 cars for the African First Lady’s Summit. A newspaper had reported that the Federal Government procured a total of 200 “exotic cars” for the African First Ladies Summit, which formally opens in Abuja today.

However, the Presidency in a statement signed yesterday by Presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, said that Coscharis Motors Ltd signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) led by Dame Patience Jonathan to provide some cars for the event “at no cost to the organisers or the Federal Government of Nigeria.”

He accused the newspaper of pursuing an “unprofessional and unethical decision to publish the unverifiable allegation”, adding that it is only “another attempt to incite public anger against the Presidency and the Federal Government.”

The statement read, “The true facts of the matter are as follows: The African First Ladies Peace Mission which is holding its summit in Abuja is a Non-Governmental Organisation. Its activities are funded by stakeholders and members of the private sector who support and identify with its objectives.

“In accordance with its modus operandi, the AFLPM set up several committees, including a finance committee to raise funds and sponsorship for the organisation of its Abuja Summit.

“As part of its own contributions to the successful hosting of the summit by the First Lady, Patience Jonathan, Coscharis Motors Ltd.  offered to provide some cars for the event at no cost to the organisers or the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“Under an agreement signed by the committee and Coscharis Motors, all the cars will be returned to the company after the summit.”

What are your thougths?

News Source: Punch

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

51 Comments

  1. Jfk

    July 26, 2012 at 8:42 am

    The cars will be returned…..story story! Its because it came to public notice that she purchased 200 fleet of cars that they decided to change the story. Which motor company will give out 200 cars without charges? Lies lies lies!

    • matt

      July 26, 2012 at 11:03 am

      This country sef, the people too MUMU… no wonder, its that easy for them (the politicians) to acquired all the oil-wells to themselves, yet, claim Subsidy.

  2. yk

    July 26, 2012 at 8:59 am

    What amazes me most is the rapid change of our presidential spokesman. The guy just opens his mouth nowadays and says whatever he likes. After what he said concerning the numbers of amen the president is allowed to say (that’s the winner for now), there’s nothing he says that amazes me again. Who gives 200 exotic cars for free? even in China or japan sef. And plssss what is the office of the 1st lady for? Who exactly did people vote for? jona or dame? I personally have given up hope on this country!! It is just so pathetic!

    • iLife

      July 26, 2012 at 10:09 am

      The number of amens story was a spoof – wazobia report(who report false news with a funny twist) carried the story.

  3. dorys

    July 26, 2012 at 9:08 am

    na wao,what is wrong with this woman,i hope her tenure as a first lady will not be worse than the others o hmm

  4. Ib

    July 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Hahahahaha…..OMG!These people actually think we are dumb.Yimu…the cars would be returned indeed….to who?Welcome to the Jonathan family in Aso rock, a first lady that is over zealous and a President that is “sidon look”.

  5. sandra

    July 26, 2012 at 9:17 am

    na cos-charis no wan make money abi thats y he will agree to make them use 200 cars for free

  6. kem

    July 26, 2012 at 9:23 am

    did anyone hear her speech yesterday news or was it just me…..i am seriously thinking she consumes lot of herbs, shepes as d case may b or even ogogoro…lol , back to d main issue on ground….. i ave one question, who benefits from all these NGO’s, cuz i see no testimonies so far…..

  7. ij

    July 26, 2012 at 9:32 am

    yes the cars will be returned and my mother is Diana Ross

  8. eesha

    July 26, 2012 at 9:35 am

    LOL! The cars would be returned and sold as what? tokunbo? fairly used? Bonanza giveaways? This Reuben Abati just talks as if Nigerians are senseless. Patience Jonathan is a woman that holds her husband by the balls, squeezes it anytime she wants. 2015, hurry up and come pls.

  9. Eric

    July 26, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Hmmm this country is turning into somthing else o.public help me out ,which motor company will give 200 exotic cars out for borow nt even single charges attached 2 it? lies stories that touches indeed.only God can help this country sha.

    • sam

      July 26, 2012 at 10:49 am

      na wao¡¡¡ dis our president n his wife want to steal nigeria money finish but u people cn nt cos god has aiready bless nigeria wit aboundant wilt, hw cn u people say tht 200 car was given to u for free lies all of u are lies mr president may god punish u for wa u hav cos for nigeria amen if any is with me he should shout amen.

  10. Ybk

    July 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Na so i see am wo my brother.

  11. jbabe

    July 26, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I KNOW THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN SO I BELIEVE COS I HAVE DONE AN EVENT WHICH HAD SUCH ARRANGEMENT.PEOPLE SHOULD PLEASE GIVE THIS GOVERNMENT A CHANCE AND STOP ALL THIS UNFAIR TREATMENT AND DISTRACTION. I WISH THE FIRST LADY AND HER COUNTER PART A SUCCESSFUL SUMMIT.

    • chibaby

      July 26, 2012 at 10:08 am

      I can see that you are either related yo patiece or you are from Bayelsa…choose one!

  12. will

    July 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

    am ttoo anngrry to commment now….i’ll come back when am a lil under control…*bangs the door shut* awon holoshi gbogbo!

  13. Zuwaira

    July 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

    This Bayelsa former fish seller no come Abuja come count bridge at all…………. She definately came to acquire. Na wa o! To also think our FG, think they are talking to fools……. This woman shldn’t make the country go bankrupt sha!

  14. Noble

    July 26, 2012 at 10:00 am

    D first lady has had several unconfidencial stories 2day she have fall 4rm frying pan 2 fire. No returning of car joor

    • Soraya

      July 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm

      What you do mean ‘unconfidencial’- there is no such word in English, so you should either go back and sue your former school or you, like the rest of the uninformed idiots, on this blog should keep quiet about something you know nothing about. No, don’t even go there because I am not related to Patience Jonathan and neither do I know her.

    • lol

      July 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      how can he sue his old school, there are no teachers there darlyn!

  15. john

    July 26, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Hahahahah-. c mumu pikin d form jack bau. una tink sa una get sens ba. ds patience instead of to pray 4 God to change ur speech at d widows confrence u r hear buy cars. u tink sa niga na mumu abi . make ds 2015 cöm make ds sidon d look cmot from da rock masef.

  16. buzzzz

    July 26, 2012 at 10:07 am

    200 cars is even too much. How many countries do we have in Africa by the way? Even if Coscharis is providing the cars, they must have a way re-couping their money at Federal Govt expense.

  17. Teepee

    July 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    They keep thinking Nigerians are stupid idiots, “Tell them some tall story and they will swallow it”. How can the cars be free? Even in the unlikely event of CM not wanting payment for the cars Nigerians will still pay for this in some format and that will certainly cost more. Someone needs to take the President and his dame aside and tutor them on ethical practices in governance, they have to stop all this collection of gifts and open payback.
    And by the way if you are buying a car from Coscharis in the next 12 months, check that your mileage is reading zero and the vehicle’s oil is not already black from being driven around free.

  18. Tobechi Daniel

    July 26, 2012 at 10:31 am

    It seems this President’s wife is given to ostentatious living. She is in the news a lot of times and most of them for negative views. Patience Jonathan is setting the way for where no other first lady has gone and she is not being shy about it either.
    http://tobechidaniel.blogspot.com/

  19. prince

    July 26, 2012 at 10:43 am

    were are we heading nigeria?spendn our money frevously while d masses are sufering pls jona.warn ur wife 2 avoid stories dat touch

  20. San

    July 26, 2012 at 10:50 am

    Hmmm,dis is lawlessness. I pity nigerians coz we are in 4 serious problem where coruption is now a legal way of life. EFCC & ICPC shuld b scrapt coz dey are doin notin.

  21. laughchild

    July 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

    our president is a bloody liar……..i rest my case

  22. faith

    July 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Them don see mumu na…that dey can tell lies to n will believe…SMH

  23. yk

    July 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

    jbabe or whatever ur name is, it’s either you are related to these people or you are just like our “dame”.*see kem 9:28’s comment for a brief explanation of our dame* Pls tell us which event and pls let me know so me too can benefit from such niceties.. Abeg no vex me o cos am trying to keep sane… And about giving them a chance and not causing distractions, pls who has been holding them? abi you’ve been going to Aso rock to distract them? nonsestical element!!

  24. nekiss

    July 26, 2012 at 11:43 am

    I wonder why nobody is questioning the authenticity of this Punch story. everyone of us is quick to condemn. has anybody asked how many first ladies are coming for the summit as to ascertain whether they’ll use upto 200 cars? I know there may be an arrangement to use CM cars for the event and return after the summit, which may or maynot attract any charges. one thing we dont know is that these business men can take any risk just to win some contracts and it is part of their marketing strategies. Please let’s free Patience and remove the specks in our eyes first. if we all start from ourselves in making this country a better place, then we’ll achieve a better Nigeria.

    • Lue

      July 26, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      and you are? oh, ok. the PA. now i understand

    • tk

      July 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      What is there to question again? didn’t you read that the President’s Spokesman responded? So who will authenticate again? Please bellanaija, help this nekiss with our first lady’s number, so she can authenticate the story.

  25. kay

    July 26, 2012 at 11:49 am

    jst one question. what does coscharis have to say abt all dis??????(wud like to hear from dem nt the president’s spokesperson)

  26. Jeff kachinah

    July 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    For God’s sake what are we nigerians up to? If Jonathan can nt rule us and indirectly allowing his wife to manipulat things 4 we nigerians, then he shud note dat he is a bunch of disappointment 2 all nigerians,if patience want 2 help her husband in solving nigerians problem she shud help in stopping all dis innocent killings by boko haram n all dis corruption going on,nt by buying 200 cars pls.

  27. Son of God

    July 26, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Can someone say# UMBLLERA#

    • But why?

      July 26, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      UMBLERRUS!! 😀

  28. lol

    July 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    this is too mush liaring, the liars is too much….lol naija I tire, some people are starving and this is what the pple at the top do….smh

  29. maaay

    July 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    lol…..at Zuwaira comment,This bayelsa former fish seller no come abuja come count bridge at all…….kai i’v faint wit laff 4 here.

  30. Elohor

    July 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    200 “borrowed” Cars? NGO? Dame again? Reuben Pathological-Liar-Abati again? Even if Nigerians are stupid, we are not that stupid abeg

  31. Princess of Zion

    July 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I don’t know what happens in that presidential villa or who their advisers are! They need to be more empathetic and think of the plight of their citizens and be less careless with their spending. There is also a need for honesty and transparency.

    http://www.princessofzion.wordpress.com/2012/07/26/handling-break-ups

  32. Idak

    July 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    After Cosmas Maduka will join others in praying for the progress of this country??
    Some of these Christians are jokers. Aiding and abetting criminals.

  33. jayz

    July 26, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Noise makers wit No Action,if una mama patience na fit tell am all ds cock n bull shit .as if una beta past am..HYPOCRITES

  34. ferdi

    July 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Jealousy…
    If not how many of the busy boy ppl here have asked Coss Charis or whatever to clarify the story

    • Iris

      July 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Seriously? That’s your verdict? Jealousy? I thought Jbabe’s comment came from a person who was slightly unhinged until I read yours. If they are paying you to do PR at least try to be subtle about it.

  35. tk

    July 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Coss charis? like seriously? *surprised face* Now i know why all what you can say to this is jealousy. If ordinary copy and paste you cant ‘fit to do’, what then can you say? Miss soraya our informed teacher, please take note o..

    • ferdi

      July 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      Soooory 4 headache u r suffering . Get well soon

  36. saphyah

    July 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    “African First Ladies Summit” 🙂 And can someone please confirm from coscharis if those cars will be sold at a cheaper rate after their return. (2nd hand value)

  37. konnie

    July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    these couple are corruption itself. Always a story when this woman’s name is mentioned.
    Patience, you have become the ugly acne on our faces and we need to do something about it, like vote y’all out

  38. Rhal-trina

    July 26, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Whom the gods will curse,they first make mad **smh**

  39. Mainstream

    July 26, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I wonder the benefits of such talk-talk conference.

  40. Gold

    July 27, 2012 at 6:27 am

    God help us.

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