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“It is Callous” – Oby Ezekwesili on Buhari’s silence on Deaths of 26 Nigerian Girls in Mediterranean Sea



Oby Ezekwesili criticizes Buhari over silence on 26 Migrants Murdered on Mediterranean Sea - BellaNaija

Oby Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education Oby Ezekwesili has lamented President Muhammadu Buhari‘s silence over the deaths of 26 Nigerian women allegedly sexually abused and murdered in the Mediterranean Sea.

A Spanish warship Cantabria had docked in the southern part of Salemo carrying 375 migrants, along with the dead girls.

It was reported that the girls, mostly aged 14-18, may have been sexually abused and murdered as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean.

Ezekwesili, on her Twitter, mentioned the president’s twitter, saying:

.@MBuhari Shocking that you personally have not acknowledged that 26 of the Citizens that you are their President drowned in the Mediterranean Sea and the whole world is talking about it. This is NOT LEADERSHIP, Sir. #EveryCitizensLifeMatters.

.@MBuhari It is CALLOUS for any Leadership to NEVER feel the pains that tragedies bring the way of a people. Can your FG @AsoRock signal to the Nigerian Public that #NigerianCitizensLivesMatter? Can YOU?

I recall our public outrage when during the previous administration, then President rather than acknowledge deaths in a bomb blast tragedy was busy at a Campaign Ground. This FG of Pres @MBuhari NOW REPEATS SAME with our 26 girls that drowned in Mediterranean Sea. What Changed??


  1. eCOWAS

    November 8, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    That one no be amaria naaa ,so e no concern una presido Buhari


    November 8, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Dear Oby, the real wolves are in power today. Besides the 26 women are not whites.
    Southern Nigeria and Christians do not really matter to president Buhari.

  3. stephen

    November 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Lives of the Poor dont matter in Nigeria.

  4. Isaac Toluwa Agbelayi

    November 8, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    It is unresionable to be blaming President for individual woe. Our people are not cultured at all, although how you talk depends on the tribes you come from, your level of understanding, your level of education. Some talk from grievances, while some talk from wisdom. It is in Nigeria citizens talk to their leader anyhow.
    Most of the people that are condemning the leaders or president can not govern their home, many of them have broken home.
    Well, it is better for us to move Nigeria forward, let us stop condemning our leads.

    • miss_nk

      November 8, 2017 at 9:35 pm

      Tahhhhhhh!!! Who is he that we won’t talk to anyhow? Does he respect us? yet he wants respect. Do you know he’s elected to office to serve us and make things good for the citizens? But he travels the world and ignores us and you’re talking about being cultured.

      Ehn the ones talking cannot manage their homes, but did they sign up to manage millions of people? No, they stayed in their lane and did not run for office.

    • Ademola Adedayo

      November 10, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Is it unreasonable to ask our President to do the needful? Do you watch ‘This is the state oof America?’ Robust debate and intellectual discussion are the oil of democracy. I am sure the President will never share your view. Our former head of state went back to school in the UK, and was photographed carrying his tray at lunch time, whereas in his he days in Nigeria , the ‘Road Closed’ for hours was the case! Please don’t confuse issues, you can not claim you love Mr President more than all of us: we all have a stake in this government. So he who governs must do so well. Period

  5. Uberhaute looks

    November 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I for see lots of bloodshed in 2019 because obviously people are tired this kind of governance but this particular government isn’t ready to stop looking anytime soon.
    May God protect us.

  6. Uberhaute looks

    November 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm


  7. James jJane

    November 8, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Tis callous to remain calm in the face of callous disregard to all serious warnings and obvious dangers of undertaking senseless and suicidal adventures.

  8. Emmanuel Ivoko

    November 9, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I remember the president quickly issuing statements of condolence to the governments of Germany and Britain shortly after terrorist attacks against those countries. I see American presidents show grave concern when their citizens are killed abroad. What does it take our president to do the same for his citizens? Is that the victims may not be from his ethnic group, or belong to his religion? I’m just asking.


    November 10, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    what has President Muhamodu Buhari got to do with their deaths? The twenty six dead Nigerians deserved exactly what came their way. I really hope and pray other Nigerians with such ambitions will learn from their mistakes. Professor Obi add this to your cause. Educate the likes of the deceased still in Nigeria, If anyone wants to travel overseas, Please do so legally. By applying for a Visa through the embassy of the country you want to go. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

    • slice

      November 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      And you are a fool. Children deserved death abi. What you deserve will come to you too. Ode

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