Official preparation of the federal government to commence the handover ceremonies from the Goodluck Jonathan administration to President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, plans to host wives of African leaders to a jamboree on May 15 before she leaves office.
It was her grand design to deny the wife of the President-elect Hajiya Aisha Buhari the hosting rights of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) in July aimed at electing a new President of the non-governmental organisation.
To Dame Jonathan, the summit of the AFLPM to elect its new president is a mission she must superintend before she leaves office. It will be the first time in AFLPM history that an emergency meeting was called to meet transition exigencies.
Nigeria is the major financier of the AFLPM and is currently building an N8billion permanent secretariat for the continental non-government organisation. Mrs Jonathan finished Nigeria’s first term mandate given to her predecessor, Hajiya Turai Yar’Adua, whose husband, President Umaru Yar’Adua, died in office.
The continent’s first ladies had scheduled their 8th Summit for July, 2015, before Mrs Jonathan requested them to bring it forward to May 15, because she would no longer be Nigeria’s first lady by that time.
If the status quo had been maintained, it would have been Hajiya Aishat Buhari’s privilege to host the continent’s first ladies in July, just two months into her husband’s tenure.
The AFLPM had on July 26, 2012, re-elected Nigeria as its president at its 7th Summit in Abuja, where guests were extravagantly treated and driven in 200 exotic cars, comprising 80 units of BMW X3 and X5 with a market value of N13.5million each, while the remaining 120 were exotic Jaguar, Honda and other brands.