Patience Jonathan‘s honourary degree amidst ASUU Strike; height of insensitivity – APC blasts

The First Lady, Patience Jonathan has come
under severe criticism over her recent
honourary doctorate degree she received
from a university in far away South Korea.
The newly registered All Progressives
Congress (APC) has described as the height
of insensitivity the decision by First Lady
Patience Jonathan to receive an Honorary
Doctorate award in far away South Korea,
even as Nigeria’s public universities have
remained shut for many months under the
watch of her husband.
In a statement issued in Lagos on
Wednesday by its Interim National Publicity
Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party
said if the First Lady and her advisers had
been perceptive enough, they would have
known that embarking on such a jamboree
at this time is an assault on the sensibilities
of Nigerians in general, and the students
who have been marooned at home for
almost four months in particular.
”In their eagerness to gobble up one
spurious award after another, they forgot
that if the Hansei University in South Korea
had been shut by a strike because the
government there has repudiated an
agreement it willingly signed with the
teachers, the institution would not have
been able to give any honorary degree to
anyone.
Nigeria’s first Lady, Patience Jonathan pose
for pictures with President of Hansei
University, Sung-Hae Kim
Nigeria’s first Lady, Patience Jonathan pose
for pictures with President of Hansei
University, Sung-Hae Kim
”A government that is unwilling to spend
the nation’s resources on the education of
its youth has no qualms about wasting the
same resources for a junket by the First Lady
and her cheerleaders halfway around the
world for what is nothing more than an
ego-massaging award,” it said.
APC said the reasons given for the award of
the Honorary Doctorate to the First Lady was
particularly interesting “She’s a
humanitarian who has dedicated her life to
working for the less privileged in Nigeria
and Africa especially for women and
children. Her vision as the defender of the
poor in Nigeria fits into Hansei University’s
motto of a practising Christian.”
”What the university forgot to add is that
while the First Lady may have dedicated her
life working for the less privileged in
Nigeria, there is no indication that she and
her husband are sparing any thought for
the poor Nigerian students whose dreams
for a better future have been put on hold by
the long strike that has paralyzed academic
activities in public universities,” the party
said.
It said that since charity begins at home, the
First Lady, as a mother and a ‘humanitarian’,
would have done well to rally women to put
pressure on the government led by her
husband to quickly reach an agreement that
will end the long-drawn ASUU strike.
”It is instructive that the First Lady would
rather corral some hapless women to the
Eagle Square in Abuja to illegally campaign
for her husband, in furtherance of her
‘humanitarian’ gesture, instead of leading a
campaign of concerned mothers and
‘humanitarians’ to protest the deadlock in
ending the strike in our public universities,”
APC said

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