Posted by: Taiwo
SIR: It is almost a month since Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan disappeared from the public scene. Although, her spokesperson, Ayo Osinlu and President Goodluck Jonathan later indicated that she went for a long overdue rest and would be back soon.
Since then, there have been conflicting reports on the state of her health.
Has the President forgotten he is no longer a private citizen? Has he forgotten he lost his privacy the moment he took the mantle of office and became the president of Nigeria?
The silence surrounding the condition of the First Lady reminds of former president, the late Umaru Yar’adua when everything was made hush hush! It was the silence that aggravated anger from Nigerians. But in this case, we are not even sure of what ails the first lady.
Is it not about time the president comes out and tell Nigerians what the problem is?
President Jonathan should learn from his colleague, the Argentinean president who suffered from thyroid cancer. There was no secrecy!!! Everything was made public. Even the citizens were notified of the date of her surgery. She had their empathy and support. They rallied round her and they all gathered together at different places to pray for her.
It is time for our leaders to start treating us like citizens. They should stop seeing themselves as masters and they shouldn’t forget that secrets comes back only to haunt and taunt.
• Kemi Okunade.
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye
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