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FAAN Denies Allegations About Patience Jonathan Being Denied Access to Airport VIP lounge

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The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) on Tuesday said that it never denied Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, access to the VIP lounge at the Port Harcourt International Airport.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that FAAN’s denial is contained in a statement issued by Yakubu Dati, its General Manager, Corporate Affairs.

The statement said the news report of the incident which allegedly occurred on July 27 in the social media was misleading and mischievous.

“We wish to state that no such thing happened as Dame Patience Jonathan, like other family members of former Presidents and other designated principal officers of Government, are officially entitled to the use of airports’ VIP and protocol lounges under the management of FAAN.

The Authority holds the former First Lady in high esteem, being the wife of our former President and, therefore, could not have done anything that would suggest disrespect for her person.”

According to the statement, the former first lady’s convoy was only denied access to the foot of the aircraft during boarding formalities at the airport in line with international aviation best practices.

It said this was strictly for safety reasons as prescribed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).

The statement said: “Our security officials explained this fact in detail to the former first lady.

“We wish to recall that former President Goodluck Jonathan in his recent trips from the same airport, had to walk to the aircraft from the protocol lounge, in recognition of this ICAO regulation.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

9 Comments

  1. Zeb

    July 29, 2015 at 8:38 am

    Pretty woman ……ds dirty politics in naija hmmmm

    • Beeeee

      July 29, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      She is really beautiful…

  2. EllesarisEllendil

    July 29, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Mama Peace thinks her status as the super permanent Secretary wife of a former President means she can not be treated like us ordinary folk and be allowed to drive up to the track. LWKMD.

    • Flaming

      July 29, 2015 at 11:35 am

      @EllesarisEllendil, You, have become a BN troll. MTN, every post you comment.

    • EllesarisEllendil

      July 29, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      Every post?? I doubt that however, I’m sorry, I’ll try to stop commenting on things I find interesting because an anonymous stranger told me so.

      BTW what does MTN mean? best I got is “meaning that now”.

  3. Ada Ada

    July 29, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Madam Peshe (Patience) o gini kwanu? Your nuisance value as the first lady was tolerated because we had no choice. Do the needful and respect yourself. We kinda miss you though.

    • Babym 1

      July 29, 2015 at 10:44 am

      @Ada Ada, And your comment is distasteful just like you.

    • Ada Ada

      July 29, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Nne onye kwanu ka i bu? Do I know you before now? Your sad life is making you say mean things to people who do not know you. I’m sending you happy thoughts darling………….life is too short inugo?

  4. Moyo

    July 29, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Why didnt the plane go and pick Madam at home,why did she have to go to the airport like ordinary citizens. I am sure there must be an airstrip big enough for this purpose at Otuoke, America must know about this. Chaii

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