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Presidency Faults Newspaper Editorial On Dame Jonathan

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 01, (THEWILL) – The Presidency has faulted the Punch Editorial of Monday, July 1 titled: Patience Jonathan's Excesses Must Be Curbed, describing it as an attempt by the newspaper to enlist in the ‘hit squad’ that some people have been noticeably recruited in recent times.

A statement issued on Monday by the Special Assistant to the President (Media) attached to the Office of the First Lady, Mr. Ayo Osinlu, noted that "The singular business of the squad is to launch coordinated, desperate attacks on the First Lady of the nation, Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, as a strategy for the survival of the tottering political careers of the sponsors."

The Presidency said "Regarding the age-long issues in the Punch Editorial under reference, we have repeatedly reacted appropriately in the different circumstances," adding " We therefore will prefer to concentrate our energies on the demanding agenda of Dame Jonathan for the wellbeing of the women, children and the less fortunate in our land."

The statement reads in full : "The Punch newspaper of Monday, July 1, 2013 with the above title naturally came to our attention.

"It is obvious that the newspaper was under irresistible pressure to enlist in the ‘hit squad’ that some people have been noticeably recruiting in recent times.

"The singular business of the squad is to launch coordinated, desperate attacks on the First Lady of the nation, Dame (Dr.) Patience Goodluck Jonathan, as a strategy for the survival of the tottering political careers of the sponsors.

"These syndicated attacks are not exactly surprising, especially for those who are familiar with the fact that it is a well-known trait of the arrowhead of the attacks to be disrespectful of all forms of authority, including those who gave him his most substantial opportunities in life.

"Perhaps our friends require another look at the saying that those who are destined to self-destruct engage their personal chis in battles.

"However, a major concern of morally conscious observers is the failure of these folks to recognise that these dimensions of moral bankruptcy and poverty of the soul are a debasement of the exalted positions that the people have (mistakenly?) entrusted to them.

"We can only wish them good luck, because as somebody said, ‘even bad people desire goodluck’. However, it must be stated that the likelihood of sustainable good fortune cannot be separated from humility and decorum. That is the authentic pathway of bona fide sons and daughters of Africa, who combine good breeding with the fear of God.

"It is however worrisome that these trench men are finding partnership in a sensitive organ of society such as the media, to cast aspersions on carefully selected members of the society, as a design to inspire public sympathy to accumulate for them. And tell us a better catch in this calculation than the illustrious First Lady of the nation, affectionately well-received by the people for her evident accomplishments in charity, philanthropy and the general promotion of the values of humanity.

"Regarding the age-long issues in the Punch Editorial under reference, we have repeatedly reacted appropriately in the different circumstances. We therefore will prefer to concentrate our energies on the demanding agenda of Dame Jonathan for the wellbeing of the women, children and the less fortunate in our land.

"For the First Lady, this is a social, moral and spiritual task that cannot wait!

"It is worrisome however that outright falsification, insinuations and calculated exaggerations are consciously paraded to create impressions that benefit the mischievous game plans of these pretenders.

"This is why we are persuaded to once again alert the media about the lucre-for-news strategy of these desperados, whose ultimate plan is to tie the hands of the media behind its back, in order to induce it to echo their faulty sentiments."