The First lady of Nigeria Dame Patience Jonathan reached a somewhat absurd milestone yesterday by becoming the first First Lady of Nigeria to also double as a Permanent Secretary.
Mrs. Jonathan was appointed alongside 17 others as Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service by the Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson.
‘By the constitutional power conferred on the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, in section 203 sub-section 2c, Dame Patience Jonathan and seventeen others have been elevated to the position of Permanent Secretary in the state civil service,’ Bayelsa’s head of service. Mrs. Gloria Izonfo said, confirming Jonathan’s appointment.
Explaining their reason for the appointment, the senior special assistant to the governor on media affairs, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, said that the First Lady was a teacher in the state’s civil service and has been on leave of absence since 1999 to join her husband in his political service; first as a deputy governor, governor, vice president and then president.
If not for the leave of absence, according to him, Mrs. Jonathan would have risen to the status of a permanent secretary by now.
Okay, now I concede that Nigeria is one huge circus, headed by a bunch of doodle heads! I mean, where else would this kind of insanity occur!?