By Soni Akoji
The Nigerian First lady, Dame Patience Jonathan was in Bwari yesterday for the convocation of graduands from her NGO, A. Arueba Foundation, where the less priviledged of the society are taught various skills such as tailoring, catering, carpentry, automechanics and other skills to empower them.
After the convocation, on her way out, she paid an unscheduled visit to the Bwari campus of the Nigerian Law school, Abuja to see two of her adopted daughters. The visit which was meant to be a private family affair eventually turned into a PR stunt and money sharing bazaar.
The First Lady was ushered into the female block C hostel, where her adopted daughters reside, at about 6pm. She spent a considerable amount of time chatting with them and their flatmates.
The roommate of the First Lady's adopted daughter Ine (a graduate of the University of Calabar) became richer by N300,000 which was doled to her by our generous First Lady. Her other two flatmates were not left out of the bazaar as they were made richer to the tune of N250,000, each by the First Lady, Dame Jonathan.
The chief porter of the female hostel was not left out of the naira rain as he went home richer by N100,000.
The excited female students who could not contain their joy were seen clicking their cameras in photoshots of the First Lady and giggling excitedly as she embarked upon an inspection tour of facilities around the Block C Female hostel.
The high point of her visit was the introduction of the Student Representative Council President, Mr Frank Urthur, by the First Lady's adopted daughter. The First Lady did not waste any time in doling out one million naira to the president to be shared amongst the students.
The one million naira largesse is tearing the students apart as of the time of filing this report.
The President of the student body Mr Frank Urthur (a close confidant of Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue state) wanted to play a fast one on the students by informing them that the First Lady gave them N500,000 and not N1 million.
This infuriated the students and they insisted that the money should be counted in their presence. Immediately, two volunteers stepped out, took possession of the wads of naira and counted it in the presence of all. Lo and behold, the largesse was one million and not five hundred thousand as was declared earlier.
At this juncture commotion and pandemonium broke out, with the aggrieved students running haywire in a bedlam of confusion. They booed Mr Frank Urthur. Derogatory songs like "Frank, you are a thief! Frank Ole", rented the air. The students also descended on him and he was rescued by the timely intervention of the police men stationed within the school premises. The students thereafter had an impromptu meeting where it was agreed that a vote of no confidence should be passed on Mr Frank Urthur.
Students have also commenced moves for his impeachment.
This is the climax of the unscheduled visit of the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan to her adopted daughters at the Bwari Campus of the Nigeria Law School, Abuja.
Her naira rain also exposes the pervasive corruption in the country and casts a doubt in our youths who happen to be the leaders of tomorrow with regards to their attitude towards corruption. The sordid episode goes to show that the Nigerian youths are only waiting for their turn to continue with business as usual when the mantle of leadership eventually falls into their hands.
See the photos of First Lady's arrival below: