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11m #BBNaija Votes: “Individual citizens have a choice to determine their priorities without being compelled” – Oby Ezekwesili



Oby Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education and Convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Campaign, Oby Ezekwesili in a series demanded for government’s action in the rescue of the abducted Chibok Schoolgirls.

Ezekwesili made this known while reacting to the information that 11 million votes were recorded in one week in the ongoing Big Brother Naija Reality TV show.

Someone had lamented that people could vote 11 million times but not demand for government’s increased action on the rescue of the abducted Chibok Schoolgirls

She said that while individuals have a right to choice, the government does not and the persons that run the government at a particular point in time, have a duty to act in the interest of the citizens.

See her Tweets below:



  1. Naina

    April 4, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Truth! It is the governments choice to care


    April 4, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    #WORD #PREACH! What does one really need to do to get the government to act for economic/environmental or social issues! I would be lying if i say that i would come out and match, but i would retweet, i would share, i will like, does that even count much though? Cos social media might be strong, but does it move the government to do anything?

  3. OY

    April 4, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    If only wechat could save Nigeria…….demanding good governance and voting on a TV game show are two entirely different scenarios. The cost of the former by far out weighs the cost of the latter. deep down something tells us our efforts will be futile that is why we hold back.

    • Jane

      April 4, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      @OY , i wish i could like again. another thing is that people have lost their confidence in Nigerian govt. how many things have we demanded for , how many have been settled. Even the BBOG campaign , is still ongoing for 3 years now. We would continue to demand , no doubt . However we can also support another cause, something we know, we might be able to influence.

  4. Lacey

    April 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    @OY @Jane you guys should continue to wechat and vote your lives away on reality shows and shy away from the needful!!! The Nigerian youths are a lost generation who would rather have facade than substance!!!In the next 5 years , you guys will understand and be alright! When Saraki and Dino’s kids starts ruling you guys!!! Don’t take to the streets and end the rule of miscreants and touts leading Nigerians now.

    • OY

      April 4, 2017 at 11:11 pm

      @ Lacey I truly hope u r not a dumb as u sound. So wechat is d only thing u got from both comments? And hitting d streets is ur brilliant idea?…..what a daft individual.

  5. Zan

    April 5, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Does it make any difference to the weight of ur points if I point it out that there’s a difference between 11million VOTES (on BBn) and 11 million PEOPLE?
    knowing that on BB shows an individual may vote multiple times using as many Sim cards and email IDs.

  6. vivie

    April 5, 2017 at 10:36 am

    @Lacey you don’t even know how stupid you sound, take to the streets and do what? So that your bunch of silly policemen will shoot us down abi?? Better reason well b4 typing rubbish next time

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