OUR MOTHER IN ISRAEL......BY WASIU SHODEINDE.

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After reading the many faux pas of the Nigerian first lady: Patience Jonathan, I became curious and wanted to know more about the educational background of the woman whose many utterances have become subject of ridicules on the social media. I was amazed by what I gathered from my search. Here is what Wikipedia has on her: "Patience Faka Jonathan (born 25 October 1957) is the current First Lady of Nigeria and a permanent secretary in her native Bayelsa state. She is married to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan. Born in Port Harcourt, she earned her school certificate in 1976, and passed the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in 1980. In 1989, she obtained the National Certificate of Education (NCE) in Mathematics and Biology from the Rivers State College of Arts and Science, Port Harcourt. She then proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt and studied for a B.Ed in Biology and Psychology..." If the above biography is true about Mrs. Jonathan, I think those criticizing the lady are very unfair to her . They are unfair because, they failed to see her special attributes. She appears to be a very slow learner and may have learning disability. I have no doubt that in my mind that she is trying very hard to learn how to be a First Lady. And if Patience' critics have been patient enough to go through her bio-data, they would have known that she didn't graduate from primary school until she was 19 and managed to pass her WASCE in 1980 (At the ripe age of 23 when people of her age were already leaving university. She also had her NCE nine years later (in 1989 at the motherly age of 32) So, please folks... stop criticizing the lady...you all need to exercise some patience...she will grow on the job!

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