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.
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.
“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.