The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhamadu Buhari has, through his media aide, Garba Shehu, fired back at former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili over her comments about the way the presidency is handling the situation in the South East. The President wondered why Dr Ezekwesili was timidly silent over the lawlessness of the Indigeneous People of Biafra but found it convenient to condemn the actions of the military in Abia State.
He said: “While it is convenient for the Civil Society Activist to condemn the Military and the government of President Buhari, (Dr) Mrs Ezekwesili did not 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?”
Shehu wondered why Ezekwesili “retreated to the background or lost her voice while IPOB supporters were violently molesting, attacking, and jeopardising the lives of indigenes and non-indigenes.
“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.
“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.”