by Akintomiwa Agbaje
The first lady has found a new name for herself.
Patience Jonathan, the First Lady of Nigeria boldy declared that she be no longer called Patience but ”Mama Peace” as she inaugurated the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) Maternal and Child Health otherwise known as MAMA Project.
The Nigerian Eye reports
According to her, the peace evangelism is what she would be preaching to bring an end to insurgency and terrorism in the country.
Speaking at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja venue of the event, she also stated that her Non-Governmental Organisation, Women for Change Initiative, has signed a Memorandum of Understand with some international health agencies and hospitals, which have agreed to build, equip and manage the best hospital for women and children in Africa.
The SURE-P MCH is a direct intervention by the Federal Government using the savings from the fuel subsidy removal to reduce the incidence of maternal and child mortality.
The First Lady said, “My name is no more Patience but now Mama Peace because I believe that without peace, there will be no more women, no more children and no more health sector. Without peace, our international community will be afraid to come and invest in our country.
“Peace is from the heart and not from the tongue or lips; not what you say but what is in you. We pray for genuine peace because peace is the key to our arriving at our desired destination as a nation.
“We are approaching the new year which is a year of peace, progress and so many good things to come. 2014 is going to be a year of no militancy and no Boko Haram because God will shower peace and make us take a U-turn from disaster.”