15 September 2017
By Justice Nwafor
The Presidency has hit back at Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister for Education, for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s handling of IPOB agitation, accusing her of fraternizing with the secessionist group.
Ezekwesili, who is a Co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls# group, had on Wednesday
advised President Buhari to rise above sectionalism and evacuate the soldiers deployed in the South-East as part of Operation Python Dance II.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, reacted to Ezekwesili’s reaction in a statement on Thursday.
According to him, “The Presidency has advised the Co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls# group, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, to demonstrate a great sense of responsibility in the face of national security challenges posed by the IPOB incendiary propaganda designed to cause civil unrest in the country.
“A prominent influencer like Mrs. Ezekwesili has a moral and patriotic duty not to give ammunition to any violent group that seems determined to pursue its separatist agitation through reckless and destructive methods”, Shehu said.
The presidential spokesman decried that Mrs. Ezekwesili could not speak up when the IPOB was making all sorts of inflammatory statements. He said Nigerians had expected her to have, at least, condemned the actions of the group using any of the social media platforms, but she disappointed them.
“While it is convenient for the civil society activist to condemn the military and the government of President Buhari, Mrs. Ezekwesili didn’t find it appropriate, even once, to criticise the dangerous and violent propaganda being propagated by the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Oby, as they call her, tweets on everything. Why was she silent on this one?
“The attacks on soldiers and policemen by IPOB supporters were most irresponsible, indefensible and reckless and nobody in her position should elevate mobs to the status of rock stars for the sake of playing to the gallery”, he said.