Your silence on the death of 26 Nigerians is callous – Oby Ezekwesili tells Buhari

Your silence on the death of 26 Nigerians is callous – Oby Ezekwesili tells Buhari

A former Minister of education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari over his silence on the reported death of 26 Nigerians at the Mediterranean Sea.

Obiageli Ezekwesili on Al Jazeera
Obiageli Ezekwesili on Al Jazeera

The Italian government had arrested a Libyan and an Egyptian over the deceased who were mostly teenagers and were sexually abused and murdered while crossing the sea.

The angry former Minister who tweeted her position on Wednesday described as shocking, the silence of the President which invariably means that the life of every citizen does not matter.

Ezekwesili also said Buhari was replicating the mistakes made by the previous administration by Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

She tweeted “President Muhammadu Buhari, 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,” she wrote.

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“It is callous for any leadership to never feel the pains that tragedies bring the way of a people. Can your federal government signal to the Nigerian Public that #NigerianCitizensLivesMatter? Can you?”

She added: “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 federal government of President Buhari now repeats same with our 26 girls that drowned in Mediterranean Sea. What Changed?”

Meanwhile, a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa had condemned the tragic incident.

“There has to be sustained awareness campaigns on the dangers inherent in such journeys. Migration policies are getting tougher all over,’’ she had said.

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2 Responses to "Your silence on the death of 26 Nigerians is callous – Oby Ezekwesili tells Buhari"

  1. Master of Confusion   November 9, 2017 at 7:05 am

    An instruction to the relevant ministries to ensure that justice is done and to prevent, at all lawdul cost, these illegal and unlawful migrations is what is required in this instance. I won’t make a public statement to this effect without talking of the negative attitude of these people who think that running away from the hard work of their native land to some imaginary world of manna and quail is the right way to go. I will continue to do what i can to make the country better for young talents but I will not lie about it. I will also take on parents who encourage their young sons and daughters by aiding and abetting their every move in this direction. People like Boy should float NGOs to educate young persons and ignorant parents to the ills of moves like this. Everything shouldn’t be left to government. What are NGOs for?? There are many funds waiting to be tapped for causes like these.

  2. Master of Confusion   November 9, 2017 at 6:55 am

    Because Buhari’s comment, as I know him, on this matter would have been unpalatable to the families of these dead people!! If I was president of this country, my comment on this matter would have been so caustic that it would be better for me to maintain a silence. As tragic as the incident is, I will be categorically truthful about the situation! I won’t make a politically correct pretence statement that would send a wrong message and end up encouraging other young Nigerians to go that way!! What does Oby want the president to say? That they died a gallant death and in the active duty of the country and that the Nation Will, forever, remember them??!! Come on, Oby, even you should know by now that, sometimes, silence is golden!!! Let’s not hurt the families of the dead beyond this bereavement….


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