Photos: Dame Patience Jonathan Sworn in as Bayelsa Permanent Secretary
Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State on Friday inaugurated Patience, the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, as a Permanent Secretary in the state.
Mrs. Jonathan was sworn-in alongside 18 other persons amidst tight security in a ceremony that was held at the Banquet Hall in Yenagoa, the state capital.
At the ceremony, Dickson insisted that he had âdone nothing wring and illegalâ and that Mrs. Jonathan merited the post.Â Unlike the other permanent secretaries, Dickson did not announce a portfolio for her, saying it would be done at a later date.Â Many Nigerians, including opposition politicians have condemned the appointment in strong terms.
Frank Oputu, state chair of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties said the âappointment greased with the oil of corruptionâ as the woman lacks the credentials to merit the appointment.
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