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Oby Ezekwesili on Missing Chibok Girls: “If Obama Can Find Osama, He can Bring Back Our Girls”

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Former minister of education and “Bring Back Our Girls” activist, Oby Ezekwesili, has expressed confidence in President Obama‘s capacity to do more to rescue the Chibok girls, who were abducted by Boko Haram in April 2014.

Ezekwesili, who was named one of TIME Magazine‘s world’s 100 most influential people, expressed this belief during the TIME 100 gala in New York City on Tuesday.

“If he could get Osama bin Laden, he could get our girls. It is time for someone as powerful as Barack Obama to compare the girls of Chibok to his own daughters. These girls are a symbol of our own message to girls, that they should be educated, that we would go beyond the call of duty for you,” she said.

“There’s absolutely nothing that the God I believe in cannot do,” she said. “But the same God has given man and woman the power of choice. Whatever we choose to do, we can accomplish. Let’s choose to bring our girls back, please?”

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22 Comments

  1. @edDREAMZ

    April 22, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Buhari will do that for us so no need….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  2. miss Pynk

    April 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Did this woman really make such a statement? Obama is only obligated to the Americans, those are the people who voted for him and pay his salary. She should face GEJ and company. Americans owe Nigeria nothing.

    pynk360.com

    • Ifybaby (#AAA, I love you)

      April 22, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Thank you. Why do we always look to America to solve our problems, instead of putting our heads together and helping ourselves? I know God has blessed us Nigerians abundantly with the resources to do so. Seriously, as long as we make calling on other nations for help our first recourse, Nigeria will forever be a 3rd world country.

  3. Tonye

    April 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Aunty Obi, Osama was a threat to America’s National Security. American president can only do what allies do: help us. Nigerian Presidents have got work to do, leave America alone!!!! Ha!!!!

    Y’all will still whine about American government intruding in another country’s business tomorrow.

  4. Joke

    April 22, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    Why should Obama, an American president bring back Nigerian girls? Doesn’t Nigeria have a president? Isn’t Nigeria a sovereign state? What is Nigeria’s president’s job then? Just for his daughters to have weddings and for him to pour all his energy into an ill fated re-election bid? It just shows how the incompetence of the Nigerian president and country as a whole has been normalized in the mind of Oby and many other people that they want others to do what they can do for themselves only if they will invest the time and effort.. I want the girls to come home, but Nigeria will never be respected on the world’s stage the way we are and continue to be. SMH

    • ck

      April 22, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      If these kids were yours would you just lay at home waiting til year 2090 when nigerian government finally has common sense and shame to sort matters like this out or will you use every opportunity possible whether from America (knowing fully well that Nigeria has a president )?
      She is just being human because she has spent a year pleading and matching for Nigerian Govt yet nothing, now she is simply using a differemt opportunity that could work. Dont blame her blame our govt

  5. *Real* Nice Anon

    April 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Hian! It is not the responsibility of the US government to bring back the girls. Let the Nigerian government do its job. Obama did his job. What is YOUR government doing?

  6. zinnypearl

    April 22, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    sometimes i wonder how this people think, is no longer GMB is now Obama.

  7. Sha

    April 22, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Nigerian government needs to take responsibility and stop depending on other countries for help.

  8. Funms

    April 22, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you Mrs. Ezekwesili.

    We should capitalise on any and every opportunity to speak up for these girls. We owe them that and much more. So terribly sad that they haven’t been found. Really painful…….

  9. Peg

    April 22, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Maybe HE CAN, but he will NOT do that, WHY? It’s none of HIS damn business.

  10. Joe

    April 22, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Yes he can do it for Nigerians,but am not sure it is his responsibility to do so,Nigeria has a president and his cabinet who should work hard to bring back those girls.It took the American Government so many years to bring Osama down with so many strategy being taken..The Nigerian Government can do same,even if it takes long those girl will be brought back with so many strategic moves….

  11. usuji

    April 22, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    this is the problem with some nigerians ,iinstead of you to challenge your own government and ,you are looking for obama will obama solve the whole worlds problems,can u imagine hearing americans shouting another president to come and tackle their issue ,why not challenge our govt to do bettter instead of shouting for obama here and there,after all as the supposed GIANT of AFRICA,we should be able to rescue our own girls,we have the resources,let us begin to challenge our govt and hold them accountable.

  12. nnenne

    April 22, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Don’t worry Oby, the girls will be out soon.
    BH’s desire has been accomplished.

  13. Tosin

    April 23, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Nice campaign. Always remember to capitalize the h / He for Obama. :-/

  14. fleur

    April 23, 2015 at 3:31 am

    Worst ask for the best spotlight moment ever!! Sometimes when activism gets to the head, it can derail. You should have asked why Obama should come all the way to Nigeria, leave the police brutality issues on US mainland and all the murdered black youth in the hood and go and look for girls in the middle of Sambisa FOrest. I know that Tears in the Sun and all those movies create this image of the American Hero figure in our heads but let’s not forget that he has a country to run that is plagued by problems and we have a country to run and we need to first try to find these girls.

  15. mabel

    April 23, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    So aunty Obi are you indirectly saying that you don’t trust GMB to bring back the girls? Na Obama you de call now. Choose one abeg, is it GMB or Obama? Oga Jona is already dreaming of a long vac. His mind is in seychelles while his body is here.

  16. Jamce

    April 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    This is mere attention seeking opportunity or activism turning to dementia? What is this aunty Oby? Typical Western brainwashed 3rd World pseudo-elitist activist. Please, call your team of attention seekers and go and OCCUPY Aso Rock and National Assembly and leave this 3rd World idea of US protectionism.

  17. Tkum

    April 23, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    obviously old age setting in for Oby…as you know the more u age, d more u talk carelessly… the worst is when you are aging and still; clamouring to be on television…Aunty Oby becos u were named one of Time’s Magazine influentials, u forgot ur sense @ home n came out publicly to show ur ignorance, and you call urself an activist, worst off someone who has served in the government. this woman is becoming a sorry ass, see if you cannot maintain your intelligent talks always, then stay quiet! u will still be heard!

  18. Harrison

    April 24, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    “” All these killing of innocent nigeria in the name of Boko haram””” will come to an end over night why beacause an average nigerian knows that they have gotten what they have been looking for………………. and now they have change their name from BH TO ISLAMIC STATE IN AFRICAN WE AR STILL WATCHING….

  19. Harrison

    April 24, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    POWER HAS CHANGED HANDS AND NOW A NEW NAME AND THINGS ARE DYING DOWN. WE ARE WATCHING… ONE THING THAT GIVES ME JOY IS THAT WE ARE MATURED ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT “EXCEPT A MAN I S BORN AGAIN HE CAN NOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD” ” FOR THERE IS NO NAME UNDER HEAVEN BENEATH THE EARTH IN THE SEA ON THE LAND WHERE BY YOU MUST BE SAVE THAT THE NAME JESUS CHRIST WHY BECAUSE GOD HAS HIGHLY EXALTED HIS SON JESUS CHRIST ABOVE EVERY NAME THAT AT THE MENTION OF THAT NAME JESUS EVERYYYYYYYY KNEE MUST BOW.

  20. Harrison

    April 24, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    SO DONT BE DECEIVED THE END TIME WAR, WHERE DEVIL WILL COME UP MANDATING PEOPLE TO BELIEVE IN HIS LIES….. BE WISE AND BE WARNED

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