Xenophobic Attacks: Ezekwesili Carpets Presidency’s Response • Says Nothing About The Response Inspires • Response In Order, Says Adesina

Posted by GRANDNEWS | 4 September 2019 | 325 times

Oby Ezekwesili

By George Etakibuebu

Former Minister of Education and Bring Back Our Girls Campaigner, Oby Ezekwesili, has taken a swipe at the response of the Presidency to the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in South Africa, describing it as the “height of incompetent leadership”.

In two separate tweets on Tuesday evening through her verified twitter handle @obyezeks, the former due process gaffer said the reaction by the Presidency was “tentative and generally lacking a grasp and command of the situation. No even voice”.   

Ezekwesili insisted that “Nothing about the response inspires” and blamed it on Leadership Failure.

The tweets read: “You know Leadership failure when you see it. Even a toddler can tell when there is no Leadership. Those who choose not to see it can keep fooling themselves.”

“The handling of the horrific and savagery against our citizens in the last couple of days is the height of Incompetent Leadership by @NGRPresident. Nothing about the response inspires. (It’s) Tentative and generally lacking a grasp and command of the situation. No even VOICE.”

However, Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina, held a contrary view. He believed that the Presidency has taken the right step. Adesina, while appearing on Channels TV programme Politics Today alongside former Foreign Affairs Minister, Prof Bolaji Akinyemi, told the Anchor, Seun Okinbaloye, that the Presidency has done what was necessary in the circumstance. He insisted that it would not augur well if Nigerians should lose their composure and self restraint at this moment.

The Presidency had on Tuesday summoned the South African High Commissioner to formally protest the unwarranted attacks by South Africans on Nigerians and other foreigners in the former apartheid enclave. The Presidency also announced the decision to send a Special Envoy to meet with the South African President, latest Thursday.   

Ezekwesili, had on Monday, September 2, 2019, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take decisive measures to end attacks against Nigerians in South Africa. She recalled that Nigeria played a major part in fighting for freedom and ensuring an end to apartheid in South Africa.


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