Patience Jonathan defends proposed US$25m African First Ladies' Peace Mission building - As the controversy over the 4-billion-naira (US$25 million) African First Ladies' Peace Building Mission building in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, continues, Nigerian First Lady Patience Jonathan has defended the project.
Since the building was proposed in a budget by the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory to the National Assembly, it has generated angry reactions from a cross section of Nigerians who describe it as wasteful, illegal and a misplaced priority.
But a statement from the Nigerian First Lady said stopping the project would amount to 'diplomatic somersault' that would be incongruent with Nigeria's leadership role in Africa
“It offends the original African culture of charity to obstruct any effort to promote peace and development such as the decision of all African First Ladies to rise up to the social responsibility as mothers and wives of leaders on the continent to save the women, children and the aged on the continent from the traumatic consequences of violent conflicts and wars,” the statement said.
“I can assure you, without any doubt, that it is far from the desire of the First Lady to have the project turned down. One, it will amount to an abdication of responsibility by Nigeria and that level of disappointment will be injurious for the leadership status of Nigeria in Africa,” it added.