First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs Patience Jonathan, has ignored threat by youths of Bayelsa state that she should steer clear of the state during the PDP rally slated for Feb 5th. Mrs. Jonathan said that nobody or group could threaten her if she decided to visit any part of the country.She stated this through one of her media assistants, Ayo Adewuyi. Mrs Jonathan affirmed that the threats by some youth groups to disgrace her if she attends the grand rally of the Peoples Democratic Party in Yenagoa on 5th February was immaterial.
Two youth groups – Bayelsa Youth Vanguard and the Mangrove Boys of Bayelsa – had, in different statements, issued in Abuja and Yenagoa, barred the President’s wife from accompanying her husband to the rally in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital. However, the PRO of the First Lady, described the groups as faceless. He said, “We will not descend so low to be joining issues with faceless groups. “The fact however, remains that the First Lady as the wife of the President cannot be threatened by anybody or any group if she decides to visit any part of the country”, he said.Meanwhile, Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa state, Mr. Valentine Ntomchukwu, has issued a strong warning to the youth groups threatening to disgrace the wife of the President if she attended the grand rally. The commissioner said, “I want to appeal to the general public to come out in large numbers to welcome the President and the First Lady who have done so much for this country. So, these miscreants cannot disrupt the peace of Bayelsa “We have been enjoying peace and even on that day we will be celebrating because it is the day the President is coming, not necessarily as the PDP, but as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So, they cannot come and tarnish the image of President in his home state.