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Presidency condemns Ezekwesili’s “hypocritical and timid silence on IPOB’s lawlessness” over comment on Buhari’s handling of crisis

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In a statement released on Thursday, presidential media aide Garba Shehu “advised” former minister of education and convener of the #BringBackOurGirls movement Oby Ezekwesili to “rise above pettiness.

This was in reaction to Ezekwesili’s series of tweets on why President Muhammadu Buhari should be a leader to all Nigerians.

Ezekwesili said that it is tragic that President Buhari has “deliberately or inadvertently alienated a segment of the people (he) leads.”

She added that “a real leader does not suffer from the disease of ethnic prejudice,” apparently in reaction to the increased military presence in the South East, particularly in the streets around Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu‘s home.

See Ezekwesili’s tweets:

See Shehu’s statement below:

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.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said “a prominent influencer like Dr. Oby 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.”

He explained that, “while it is convenient for the civil society activist to condemn the military and the government of President Buhari, Mrs Ekekwesili 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?”

According to him, the attacks on soldiers and policemen by IPOB supporters “was most irresponsible, indefensible and reckless” and that nobody in her position “should elevate mobs to the status of rock stars for the sake of playing to the gallery.”

The presidential media aide said while the military are taking all precautions to observe the rules of engagement, “there is a deliberate sinister agenda by IPOB to provoke the soldiers into killing innocent people in retaliation so that Nnamdi Kanu would use the pictures of the victims for international propaganda by the accusing the government of ethnic cleansing against the Igbos with the sole purpose of gaining sympathy.”

“A president who has put the nation’s cash cows, the Central Bank and the Ministry of Petroleum in the hands of the Igbo; who has given four out of five states in the subregion senior cabinet posts in his administration, including Foreign Affairs; and Industry, Trade and Investment, and is constructing the Second Niger bridge after years of deceit and false starts cannot be called a hater of the Igbo.”

The statement warned that the politicization of the ongoing military exercise in the subregion, itself in line with similar exercises in the five other geopolitical regions is inimical to the military readiness of the armed forces and the much-desired improved civilian-military relations in the country.

Malam Garba Shehu also wondered why Mrs. Ezekwesili “retreated to the background or lost her voice while IPOB supporters were violently molesting, harassing, attacking and jeopardizing the lives of indigenes and non-indigenes.”

He challenged Mrs. Ezekwesili to explain to Nigerians where the constitution of Nigeria, and international human rights law support the killing and molestation of innocent people in the name of advocacy for self determination.

According to him, “her hypocritical and timid silence while Kanu’s IPOB supporters were engaged in lawlessness and recklessness in violation of his bail conditions is a burden on her credibility as a national crusader who should be courageous to condemn criminality. This art of using a raincoat while taking a bath is nothing short of self deceit.”

He reminded her that “if the Buhari administration could take tough action against the extremist religious groups in the northern parts of the country to preserve national security, it is ridiculous to accuse the President of sending soldiers to the Southeast because he hates the Igbos. The Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari respects all citizens and will ensure that they are safe and secure wherever they reside.”

Shehu advised her to rise above pettiness and sentiments, and to resist the temptation to play to the gallery, when the country’s national security is under threat, adding that “seeking to make political capital out of a chaotic situation is highly unbecoming of her and of the reputation she has worked hard to build over the years.”

Ezekwesili also reacted to Shehu’s statement, calling him incompetent. See below:


28 Comments

  1. Cutieylicious

    September 15, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Truth be told when NK was breaking all his bail conditions…I don’t think any notable person from the region called him to order! we always like to wait for things to deteriorate before we r concerned n start the blame game! IMO national security issues should not be addressed with sentiments! God bless Nigeria

    • Mrs chidukane

      September 15, 2017 at 11:25 am

      They did call him to order,several times. He doesn’t listen to anybody. He wants to be a hero. As much as I dislike nnamdi KANU, I must say that ipob never hurt anyone. They have never destroyed any property prior to now and have been very peaceful. They don’t even carry sticks when demonstrating. Rowdy,noisy but peaceful. It is this operation python dance that turned them violent. Innocent people, non ipob members have been killed by stray bullets shot by the military. Its sad. I’m very certain if Igbo’s are 100,70 are not ipob members. You don’t have to come and endanger innocent lives because of a few who have only been making threats and don’t even have weapons. She gave him good advice but since one can’t teach an old dog new tricks,we look forward to 2019.

    • No love

      September 15, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      @Cutie
      List of notable Igbos that denounced or denied Kanu or IPOB publicly, just a few:
      Charlyboy
      Orji Uzo Kalu
      Southeast governors
      All aspirants in the forthcoming Anambra gubernatorial election (both winners and losers)
      All sponsors of the aspirants mentioned above
      Chidi Mokeme
      Gideon Okeke
      Chimamada Adichie, the list is endless.
      When Kanu was seen in a gathering of crowd soon after he was released on bail, an Igbo group under one organisation immediately wrote to the CJ of the federal high asking for the revocation of his bail.
      Abia state and southeast in general has been peaceful until few days ago when the army commenced their killing exercise. Only Buhari and Buhari alone knows why he sent soldiers to the east.

    • No love

      September 15, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Blimey, I left out Ike Ekweremmadu (Deputy Senate President). His stand against IPOB is well-documented. I’m surprised you don’t know about it @ cutie.
      So when you consider the DSP and all the governors of the zone alone, can it get more notable than that?

    • ND babe

      September 15, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      Government, leave Dr. Oby alone. I dont appreciate her perspectives all the time but she RESERVES THE RIGHT TO RESPOND WHEN SHE DEEMS FIT. SHe cannot dignify Nnamdi Kanu. More importantly, she is a world class economist. SHe knows that political rhetoric and juvenile approaches such as chastizing NK will not solve the problem. the solution is economic empowerment and NK will not have followers.

  2. chi

    September 15, 2017 at 9:33 am

    @Cutieylicious ure a hypocrite and that is the major sickness every nigerians suffer from until it starts to affect them personally..when buhari disobeyed the court order to release nnamdi kanu 2 consecutive times ..u were silent ..it is only nnamdi kanu disobedience that u highlighted..go and sit down…always making excuses for the babaraism and uncivilised nigerian government and tomorrow u will open ur hypocritical same mouth to complain about Nigeria…keep doing one Nigeria..suffering and smiling ..after ur children will take over from you and the circle continues

    • Cutieylicious

      September 15, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Transfer ur frustration elsewhere if u cant b civil! You clearly missed the point… my dear was he not eventually granted bail? What did he do after the release? Truth indeed hurts! I’m very sure u r not in the east at the moment, that’s y u r filled with so much bile n justifying evil!

    • No love

      September 15, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      @Cutieylicious, you compared the state-sponsored mass murders of innocent people going on in ABIA state with the conduct of non-violent, self-acclaimed freedom fighter on bail. Don’t you think that’s a good definition of one justifying evil?

  3. Olly

    September 15, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Can buhari die already. Like wtf. lol d witches if east and west now is d time to show yourself, Benin witches where una dey. Fly and throttle this man to death na. Haba. Waste if space. My hatred for Hausa’s has no bounds, God help me overcome this hate let it not consume me.

    • lami

      September 15, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Sorry dear God has not finished with him yet, shame on you wishing death on another

  4. chi

    September 15, 2017 at 9:57 am

    @Cutieylicious ..excuse me ..I live in Enugu.. do u think everybody is like u that speak from both side of thier mouth….as I said keep justifying and making excuses for evil…
    .nigeria will never work …its foundation is rotten …the earlier the slaves inside realize it the better…as for now keep doing one Nigeria..be suffering and smilling ….it is a circle ..generation to generation

    • Cutieylicious

      September 15, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Do u follow me on SM? No! Madam the Nigeria I live in will work one day! Your Biafra will NEVER work! You r the one that ve the slave mentality hence the outburst at every given opportunity! Bye Felicia u r not 1 I can engage wiv on an issue!

    • Diamond

      September 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm

      Dear Cutieylicious, keep dreaming till you are old and dead that Nigeria will work someday.

      How exactly will this Nigeria work? Like this use of oppression to suppress truth and justice. Continue dreaming.

  5. chi

    September 15, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Biafra And The Criminal Hypocrisy Of The Nigerian Peacemaker.If there is a certain group of people I dislike with every fiber of my being, it is those who perpetrate injustice against the weak and the vulnerable but there is another group I hate even more and that is those who hide under some phoney liberalism or neutrality to support injustice while pretending to be the peacemakersYou see this second group of people…….. fear them. Do not dine with them even with a long spoon. Infact, if the dangerous reptileknown as the black Mamba were to visit youin company of these ‘Nigerian peacemakers’, do not hesitate to club them to death while you go clubbing with your black mamba friend.Tell the Nigerian peacemaker about the Biafran war and the attendant tragedies and he will be like:”But Ojukwu shouldn’t have tried to break the country nah! The Igbos should have remained with their fellow Nigerians. Don’t you realise we are better off as one united country”This fake peacemaker will never talk about the unprovoked slaughtering of Igbo sons and daughters in the North which started as far back as 1945 in Jos and followed by another major pogrom in Kano in 1953 years before Nigerians even got her independence.This morally bankrupt recession-brained Nigerian peacemaker will never blame thosewho killed and still kill Ojukwu’s people which was what forced Ojukwu into declaring Biafra after all his effort at peace were rebuffed by the then president, YakubuGowon.Hearing these ‘Nigerian peacemaker’ talk about the Biafran war, you’d be forgiven to think Ojukwu just woke up from a terrible dream and simply declared Biafra.Igbos in the North were killed by northernerswith state-sponsored impunity. There are recorded instances where those killing weresupervised by Nigerian soldiers. And this was long before the 1966 coup even happened. There were several attempts by Ojukwu to get Gowon to take actions to protect the Igbos in the North. There were signed agreements like the one in Aburi where they all laughed, hugged and drank champagne together only for the Nigerian side to come back and jettison the agreement. They could have told Ojukwu that they needed some amendments done on the agreement if they felt they could no longer implement it but they unilaterally dumped the agreement. And the Igbo pogrom continued unabated.The Nigerian peacemaker would pretend he doesn’t know these.When Igbos made efforts to run from the North, they were chased down to the motor park and slaughtered by northern mob and soldiers. Pregnant women had their womb cut open and their babies removed violently after being killed. These are all verifiable facts.Those hate-induced state-sponsored killings were exactly what forced the first Nigerian Oxford product to join the Nigerian army, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu to declare Biafra in a bid to stop his people from going into extinction.The Nigerian peacemaker would pretend to be unaware of this fact.Today, almost 50 years after, thesame waveof state-sponsored killing and institutionalised marginalization of Igbos which led to the Biafran war are still rife in Nigeria and have even gone worse under President Muhammadu Buhari:The Igbo man is being treated like “The Deplorables”, demonic economic policies have been introduced specifically to ensure his business is destroyed completely. While the army is killing the unarmed IPOB members and bathing survivors with acid, thesame army is busy protecting terrorist fulani herdsmen with a 1000 man military taskforce and gifting boko haram with Amnesty.While every known rule and law has been broken in a bid to jail an Igbo son, Nnamdi Kanu, who has never killed a fly, a very powerful terrorist group (fulani herdsmen) ranked the 4th deadliest in the world is being protected by the govt and even paid a very large amount of money to stop killing innocent people and boko haram fighters jailed by the last administration are being released back into the society.What manner of injustice is this?What manner of people would endure this kind of grave injusticesIf Nnamdi Kanu were to be a Northerner, would he still be in jail?? Would he even have been arrested in the first place??In all of these, the Nigerian peacemaker will never blame the perpetrators of this moral tragedies, he will rather hide under some phony liberalism to support the oppressors and perpetrators of these immoral acts by blaming the Igbos for asking for Biafra.My father, the late Ogbu-Nwachima once told me that any man who would make no effort to address your grievances before asking you to make up and embrace your opponent, is more dark hearted than the onehe is trying to reconcile you with.Those so called intellectuals who said nothing when Buhari publicly flouted Justice Adeniyi Ademola’s order to release Nnamdi kanu, said nothing when soldiers killed hundreds of IPOB members and bathed some with acid, said nothing when an Igbo woman was gruesomely murdered in Kano and her killers set free by the govt, said nothing in the face of numerous state-sponsored murderous activities of the fulanicriminals, said nothing when soldiers killed IPOB members inside Ngwa high school, Aba on Feb. 9 etc but are always writing long epistles on why the Igbos should forgetBiafra, those people are evil! They are more devilish than the devil himself!I have more respect for ‘Muna’, my neighbour’s pig than you dishonest morally bankrupt enablers of injustice!Shame on you all!!.

    • Peculiar Okafor

      September 15, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Nne, okwa ndi yoruba , hapukwa ha.

      The biggest hypocrites and cowards on the surface of the earth.

      Their hatred for Igbos is more than that of Hausa but they are too cowardly to even admit it.

      They silently hope it will get to the point where Igbos leave and they will take over our property again. The most pathetic thing is that in less than 20 years, the lazy buffons will still sell it off again.

      Igbos are rising, our states are improving and will still get better. Keep shedding our blood for nothing and yet you wonder why we buy lands in the west and north while you can’t buy in our area ( and quit that bull of the east not being developed, you lazy morons should travel for once). Spiritually, the blood of our dead cry vengeance and my dear that’s why our hard work is blessed. Call us kidnappers, runz girls etc just to console your lazy selves at least our criminals are building houses not smoking Igbo and collecting 100 Naira like Shanawole.

      Bella, please post this comment abeg. I am tribalistic, come and beat me.

      Cowardly, hypocritical fools that call themselves Yorubas.

  6. Cutieylicious

    September 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

    has***

  7. chi

    September 15, 2017 at 10:41 am

    @Cutieylicious we shall see then..but I wonder the two of us which one is showing slavish mentality…some one who is saying enough is enough ….we wont take it any longer, we dont our children( born and unborn) to continue to live this way or a coward who is suffering and smiling and hoping that one day her master hausa/fulani will give her some crumbs while shouting like a program robot “ONE ZOO” thinking she or he is being sophisticated or smart ..think about it…sometimes I wonder why whites even bother to give africans indepedence…just look at the way of the thinking of a black human..no wonder black people made the best slaves in the history of mankind..

    • Belema

      September 15, 2017 at 11:10 am

      Please stop talking nonsense!

    • Amarachi

      September 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      Wow! You need help. The Whitman should have never invaded Africa in the first place.Conflicts experienced in most African countries today is because of the white. Inferiority complex is such a big issue today because the white man gave more power to a certain group of people/tribe to subdue the other groups.

      One Nigeria is important because we are more similar than different.

      One Nigeria is important because we are all made in the image of God. How do you love God that you have never seen before, but can’t love your neighbor? It is very hypocritical to call yourself a follower of God but can’t love your neighbor as yourself.

      Biafra will never work because the oppression you complain about …will still continue in ‘the land of biafra’. -certain ignoring group feels superior than other groups. I know how other igbo people look at me when I tell them that I’m from Mbaise.

      Biafra will never work because there is no beauty in it…lacks diversity. Go ask Sudan and Congo how the division is working for them. Ask Rwandese about the genocide that you’re activating for…

      This Christmas no go east o! Visit Liberia and Sierrea Leone…maybe u will learn something about war.

      To end my rant…I hope your younger ones gets drafted as child soldiers by NK. Good luck to you and your Biafra✌

  8. Dee

    September 15, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    While it is okay to agitate for self actualization, the masses should not forget to investigate the motives of the instigators of these movements.
    is this the right move? if it is, is it at the right time? will the sacrifice be worth it?
    secession is not the only option. have we looked at the UK style of government? it could very well work in Nigeria. they operate a loose federation with the different ‘kingdoms’ operating with some form of self autonomy in their individual states and jointly determining the collective fate of the united kingdom
    let us not be hasty and be blinded by tribalism, there is strength in numbers

  9. WORD

    September 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    @Chi…U got information. Facts. Proof. History.
    I do not need to respond further to @cutie. The username alone suggests this person is likely a child….intellectually. U may continue to post ur views, but pls not in response to one who has no capacity to comprehend and completely unaware of the concept of critical thinking.

    • Cutieylicious

      September 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Smh! Stop claiming facts, what are ur reps at federal level doing in relation to a referendum? Too bad ur ppl have chosen this path! Jst so u know, u can act ur age as u feel like Methuselah without using derogatory words!
      Note: Age doesnt come with wisdom

    • Diamond

      September 15, 2017 at 4:15 pm

      Cutieylicious, your ignorance is legendary. Compare the number of legislators in the North to the South and you see why your not smart idea will never work because of the undue advantage given to these Hausa fulani by their military dictator brethren. They will make sure anything that doesn’t favor them don’t see daylight on the legislative floor… Maybe, you really are a child

  10. zzzzzzzzzzz

    September 15, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    This is a platform where everyone can air their views without being insulted. Even if you do not agree with cutie you do not need to lash out.

    • Cutieylicious

      September 15, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Just leave dem! Diamond n co should volunteer as Biafra soldiers n waste their lives since they r hell bent on it! Very aggressive individuals! I’m sure they don’t ve family members who witnessed the war!

    • Diamond

      September 15, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      That is one of the many things wrong with Nigeria. Animals baying for blood.. blood thirsty animals. Britain that colonized Nigeria and told Gowon (after Gowon already announced there was no basis for Nigeria unity, araba) to hold the country together because he has got the power, allowed Scotland to choose freely to leave in 2014, and are doing so again. Russia that supported the same civil war, disintegrated with no blood shed in 1991.

    • Diamond

      September 15, 2017 at 9:05 pm

      The basis for Nigeria unity is crude oil. Can this oil dry up already, so Hausa fulani will let us have peace!

  11. dzy

    September 15, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    The rule of law is the most important thing in a country. Without the rule of law the country cannot function. The man is on bail if he has broken the conditions for his bail go back to court and if the court agrees with the govt. then rearrest him.That is how the rule of law functions. The IPOB group are not an armed group, so it is illegal for the army to be involved, their activities are under the jurisdiction of the Courts, the police and maybe DSS. We as a country have to make up our mind if we truly want to be a democracy or a military dictatorship, I say this because there is too much involvement of the military in civilian life. I say this because it could affect the integrity of the military which will not benefit the country as a whole. Young people of all tribes and political affiliations should be champions of holding the government accountable when they are not upholding the rule of law because it is our future that is on the line. Also it is irresponsible to go online and use abusive language against each other Africa can only succeed if we love and collaborate. Please spread the massage for peace in Africa for 100 years. God bless

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