A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, have drawn the ire of some Nigerians over their attendance of the World Economic Forum on Africa holding in South Africa amid protests by Nigerian and other countries against xenophobic attacks by South Africans.
Ezekwesili, who is the former presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria in the 2019 general elections, and Ovia were panellists at the ongoing international economic summit, despite the Federal Government shunning the forum to protest the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians residing in South Africa.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, had tweeted that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo was to represent Nigeria at the WEF, but “he had called it off in reaction to these gruesome attacks on Nigerians.”
Nigerians expressed outrage on social media over Ezekwesili, Jim Ovia and others’ attendance at the forum.
Dr. Oby Ezekwesili is a powerful voice, and like those entertainers who’ve declined invitations to perform in South Africa, her boycott of @wef could’ve truly sent a strong message on the gravity of the killings – and much more than attending to speak about the killings there.
— Gimba Kakanda (@gimbakakanda) September 5, 2019
All I wanna say is that, they Bashir, El Rufai, Buhari, Abba Kyari, Dino, DJ Cuppy, Emir Sanusi, Fayemi, Oby Ezekwesili (Madam Oby), Jim Ovia, don't really care about us…"
— Temi Dike (@TemiDike) September 5, 2019
I can see a lot of folks dragging Madam Oby Ezekwesili & Jim Ovia for attending @wef in 🇿🇦, it is good to drag them, regarding d hatred meted out to our brothers in 🇿🇦 recently. But, Why are these folks not also dragging El Rufai,Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,Fayemi, & Amina Muhammad too?
— Kayode William (@kayfem10) September 5, 2019
So Oby Ezekwesili went to South Africa despite them unleashing terror on her fellow countrymen.
We don't want her, let her stay there and don't come back. South Africa can have her for free.#XenophobicAttack
— FREE DADIYATA. FREE SOWORE (@KamalAbubakar3) September 4, 2019
Nigerians are protesting #SayNoToXenophobiaAttacks by boycotting South Africa & their brands.
Gov Nasir Elrufai,
Gov Kayode Fayemi,
Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi,
Amina Jane Mohammed,
Aunty Oby Ezekwesili,
are all in South Africa running their affairs.
How can we be better?
— Damorela (@theDamorela) September 5, 2019
— Whizman (@Whizman4) September 5, 2019
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