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Abuja: Oby Ezekwesili attacks Femi Gbaja over death of vendor


Condemning the Speaker for taking the issue lightly, Ezekwesili said that his statement released earlier today on the vendor’s death falls terribly short.

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has attacked the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila for his involvement in the reckless murder of an Abuja vendor identified as Ifeanyi Okereke.

Recall with NoRM that Okereke was killed on Thursday, November 19 by a stray bullet from the gun of a police orderly attached to the convoy of the Speaker.


In a series of tweets posted on Twitter, Ezekwesili called for a justice plan over the killing of Okereke.

According to her, Okereke was killed by the overzealous policeman for no reason but ‘Bigman syndrome’.

“That reckless killing of
Ifeanyi Okereke, a vendor yesterday, by an overzealous @PoliceNG detail of @femigbaja @HouseNGR Speaker for no reason but Bigman-Syndrome is deeply painful.

“The Speaker’s statement falls terribly short. Let’s hear a real Justice Plan for Ifeanyi.


“You’ll be shocked how overzealous security details are, relating with members of the public around their Principals.

“A carryover from military rule. It behoves sensible public officials to reorientate and insist on Respectful Culture from their Aides to the public. Many fail.

“Our heartfelt condolences to the family of Ifeanyi Okereke. May our good Lord comfort them on all sides and give peace that passes all understanding.

“We shall keep our eyes on @femigbaja @HouseNGR Speaker on this matter to see how seriously he pursues Justice for Ifeanyi,” Ezekwesili’s tweets read.


Oby Ezekwesili loses Mother – Ezekwueme commiserate


Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), a civil right advocacy group has commiserated with former Minister of education Dr Oby Ezekwesili, over the death of her mother.

Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, CLO Chairman in Anambra said this in a condolence message on Tuesday in Enugu.

Ezekwueme described Ujubuonu as compassionate, caring, disciplined and God fearing wife, mother and grandmother who lived and died for God and humanity.

”She inculcated moral virtues and rectitude in her children, which manifested in selfless and patriotic life of Ezekwesili and her other siblings.


“The sorrow we bear over our loved ones is the price we must pay for having had them in our lives.

“It is on record that her generosity, selfless sacrifices for common good has earned her the appellation of Dorcas and Mother Theresa of our time which Ezekwesili inherited naturally from her.

”CLO prays for eternal repose of her gentle and kind soul.

“We asked God to give Ezekwesili, her siblings, Nnewi South council area and her loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable and irreplaceable lost,” he added.



Former Presidential Candidate Oby – Kaduna Killings Should Stop.

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has called for an end to the killings in Kaduna State.

In a series of posts on Twitter on Saturday, the former minister urged the Federal Government and security agencies to take decisive steps to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

“I challenge @nigeriagov, @ngrpresident, @mbuhari and the IG @policeng to please, please surprise us and prove me wrong by actually breaking the pattern in Kaduna State and everywhere else in our country, where citizens are killed in their communities and no consequences follow,” she tweeted.

According to her, “countries that have no respect for the sanctity of human life inherently lack the basic ingredients for social contract between government and citizens. Countries that are void of social contract, end up eroding their social capital among their citizens. Is this not Nigeria now?” the former minister asked.


She, therefore, urged Nigerians to take a stand and demand accountability from all levels of governments.

Meanwhile, she prayed that God comforts all those who have lost their loved ones in the recent killings in Kajuru local government of the state.

On Friday, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, held an emergency meeting with heads of security agencies over the attacks.


The meeting also had in attendance the state deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, leadership of the Nigerian Army and the Department of State Services (DSS) in Kaduna, as well as political leaders and traditional rulers.

Member of the House of Representatives representing Kajuru/ Chikun Federal Constituency, Danjuma Barde, as well as District Head of Kufana, Titus Dauda, who were in attendance called on all warring parties involved in the conflict to sheath their swords and assured them that the government was working to bring the attacks to an end.



China fires back at Oby Ezekwesili of Nigeria over demand for compensation amid COVID-19 troubles.


The Chinese Embassy in Nigeria has lambasted Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, for demanding compensation from China over the Coronavirus pandemic.

Recall that Ezekwesili, had last month told China to pay compensation to African countries over the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ezekwesili, in a post on ‘The Washington Post’, said China must pay for failing to manage COVID-19, which had severely injured Africa’s development prospects and worsened the conditions of the poor.

According to her, the best solution was for China to accord damages and liability compensation to Africa.


She maintained that Africa should not suffer more because another powerful country failed to act responsibly.

Reacting, the Embassy of China in Nigeria said Ezekwesili’s remark made no sense and was irresponsible.

A statement issued and signed by Sun Saixiong, Press Secretary for the Embassy said China has been open, transparent and responsible since the outbreak of the disease.


Calling on the International community to work in solidarity and not resort to mutual accusation or demand retribution and accountability, Saixiong wondered if the United States offered compensations to countries for the 2009 H1N1 flu.

Saixiong noted that the financial turmoil in the US triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 turned into a global financial crisis and no one asked the US to take the consequences.

The Embassy, however, advised Ezekwesili to respect facts, science, and international consensus and stop allowing ‘herself dance to other’s tune.


It also accused Ezekwesili, who was the former vice president for the Africa region at the World Bank of attacking and blaming China for nothing.

“Did anyone ask the US to offer compensation for the 2009 H1N1 flu, which was first diagnosed before breaking out on a large scale in the US and then spread to 214 countries and regions, killing nearly 200,000 people? AIDS was first reported in the US in the 1980s and then swept across the world, including Africa, causing untold sufferings to countless victims.

“China has taken the most comprehensive, rigorous and thorough measures to contain its spread and conduct international cooperation. In this process, China has made tremendous sacrifices, accumulated valuable experience, and made significant contributions to the global response. The international community bears witness to and applauds China’s efforts and progress,” it said.


The Embassy reiterated that COVID-19 was a common enemy to mankind and China is a victim not a perpetrator or an accomplice.

“We must understand that our enemy is the virus, not China. The international community can only defeat the virus by pulling together. Attacking and discrediting others will not save time and lives lost,” NobleReporters quoted the embassy as saying.




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Being on sit, you’re not in power – Oby Ezekwesili slam Buhari.

Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education, has slammed President Buhari over his ‘style of leadership’ as Nigeria battles the Coronavirus outbreak.

Ezekwesili, like many other Nigerians, have called on President Buhari to address the nation as the Coronavirus pandemic persists.

On Thursday night, the President took to his Twitter handle to announce new measures he has taken in the fight against the viral disease.

Ezekwesili was disappointed by the move and took to her twitter handle to react.

See her tweets below.


COVID-19: Our economy will feel it impact after it’s gone – Oby Ezekwesili to Nigerians

Says, brace up

Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has asked Nigerians to brace up and begin to practice financial prudence as the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic ‘will be severe in Nigeria.’

Taking to her twitter handle, the former Vice President of the World Bank, wrote

”Brace up, Fellow Citizens. Brace up. The economic impact of the #CoronaVirusPandemic will be severe on our country. But do not despair. Make sound personal and household financial choices. Rearrange and realign personal and family Priorities immediately. Keep the Faith’.’