Nigerian First Lady Patience Jonathan reportedly demanded the arrest of the woman who has been leading protests denouncing the government's response to terrorist kidnapping of more than 200 16-to-18-year-old girls on April 15. Jonathan reportedly even accused the demonstrators of making up the incident and working with insurgent group Boko Haram, the group that after two weeks, has finally claimed responsibility for the abductions.
Protest leader Saratu Angus Ndirpaya described her experience to the Associated Press, saying that she and fellow protest leader Naomi Mutah Nyadar were taken to a police station by State Security after an all-night meeting at the presidential villa, and that Nyadar has not yet been released. She also commented on the circumstances that led up to the incident, adding:
Ndirpaya says First Lady Patience Jonathan accused them of fabricating the abductions. "She told so many lies, that we just wanted the government of Nigeria to have a bad name, that we did not want to support her husband's rule," she said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. She said other women at the meeting cheered and chanted "yes, yes," when Mrs. Jonathan accused them of belonging to the Boko Haram terrorist network. "They said we are Boko Haram, and that Mrs. Nyadar is a member of Boko Haram.
The BBC reports that Jonathan seems to have acted out of spite, because she had "reportedly felt slighted that the mothers of the abducted girls had sent Ms Mutah to the meeting."