Wife of the President, Mrs. Patience Jonathan, on Sunday denied report suggesting that she was planning to impose her choice as the substantive Comptroller-General of Immigration.
An online news medium, had posted a story to the effect that some aggrieved officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service were protesting against a plan to appoint a candidate with “questionable records” as the substantive CG of the service.
The report claimed that the “anointed” candidate, Stephen Finibama, is believed to enjoy the backing of Mrs. Jonathan as well as a highly connected medical doctor, who is his cousin and a member of President Goodluck Jonathan’s medical team.
The spokesman for the President’s wife, Ayo Osinlu, in a statement, said it was out of place to drag Mrs. Jonathan into what he described as “a pure internal matter of the service”.
Osinlu said Mrs. Jonathan had never and did not intend to dabble into the appointment or removal of government officials, which he described as “a matter of bureaucracy”.
He said the President’s wife did not even know the said Finibama.
The statement read, “While it is the right of the officials of the Immigration Services Department to make known their grievances within lawfully permissible limits, it is absolutely out of place to drag the First Lady into what is purely an internal administrative matter of the Immigration Department.
“We wish to state emphatically that Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, has never and does not ever intend to dabble into the appointment or removal of government officials, as this is clearly a matter of bureaucracy requiring the detailed skills of appropriate technocrats.”