Former Minister of Education and convener of the Bringbackourgirls group, Oby Ezekwesili was a guest on Al jazeera’s Hardtalk which aired on Friday May 1st and it got many people on social media talking. Many believe she responded very intelligently throughout the interview but expressed their reservations regarding her response when she was asked if the administration of her former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo whom she served under as Minister of Education was as corrupt as or more corrupt than the General Sani Abacha dictatorship.See excerpts from the section below:“I am not a politician, I don’t belong to a party. I became a minister without having to carry party placards and dancing in the village square” – Oby Ezekwesili“It is undeniable but no they can’t blame the rest on the country, because when you look at Nigeria today, Nigeria is 54 years post-independence and out of those 54 years we’ve had coups upon coups upon coups, which have been led by presidents from the Northern part of the country. So if today we say that the northern parts of the country are struggling, it is because those leaders who are situated in those parts of the country, failed their people to do what was necessary”– Priscilla Nwikpo – British Nigerian broadcaster and commentator based in the UK.“The political elites over time has to take responsibility for the level of degradation” Richard Itaman – School of Oriental and African Studies, London“There was no way the Obasanjo administration could have been corrupt than that of Sani Abacha” – Oby Ezekwesili“With due respect, If you are not a politician then you should be, because these are not answers to my questions” – Mehdi Hassan – Host“I believe Nigeria is divinely ordained and I am not even one bit ashamed to affirm my faith” – Oby“The General is going to soon learn that a democracy is not a Military rule” – ObyWatch video below:
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