Buhari did not Offer me Appointment – Oby Ezekwesili

By Post Nigeria June 3, 2016 13:47

Buhari did not Offer me Appointment – Oby Ezekwesili

The former Minister of Education and Co-Founder of the Bring Back Our Girls, BBOG, Group, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has on Friday, June 3, refuted claims that her advocacy for the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls, led to the down fall of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, adding that at no time did President Muhammadu Buhari, offer her any appointment into his government.

The former minister stated this on, “The Encounter with Constance Ikokwu”, a radio programme aired on WEFM, Abuja, and monitored by Post-Nigeria.

She maintained that those who believed her advocacy for the rescue of the abducted Chibok girls was for political benefits, were being “pedestrian”.

“Those who say am doing this (campaigning for chibok girls), because I want to be appointed, are just being pedestrian.” She stated.

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When asked if she was offered any appointment by the Buhari-led administration, she responded, “I was not offered and I was not waiting to be offered any appointment”.

Recall, that prior to the nomination of ministers by President Buhari, the media was awash with speculations that the Ezekwesili, would be appointed into the All Progressives Congress-led, APC, government, on account of her alleged role in the exit of the Jonathan administration.

Speaking on the performance level for the Buhari administration in the last one year, she said: “I think on security, the greatest existential threat of his time, was the Boko Haram activities in the North-East. I would say that on that agenda, he has done well.

“I normally say to people that the saddest thing to me in the counter-insurgency war, was seeing our military running away from the insurgents.

She added: “We need to acknowledge that on the North-East, they (military) have done really well”.

On the recent adoption of 180 as the cut-off mark for 2016 admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, Ezekwesili said, “It depresses me. We need to prepare our children better. We can’t set standards that are low within the environment”.

Speaking on the agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, she maintained that there is an urgent need for citizen’s discussion on the future of Nigeria as a single entity.

“The fact is that I feel we have never had an honest conversation that citizens led, and the political elites have never done well in the country. I think that the citizens have to be the voice that would lead the conversations. Are we better together, or are we better separated.”

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