Oby Ezekwesili, Jim Ovia, Others Bashed For Attending WEF in South Africa Amidst Xenophobic Protests


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.

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However, there are reports that Jim Ovia has pulled out of the forum after the outrage by Nigerians.
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