The presidential candidate of African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, and some other Nigerians have criticised Oby Ezekwesili, the candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), for meeting with Ibrahim Babangida, one of Nigeria’s former military rulers.
“PHOTOSPEAK: Our dear Oby Ezekwesili wants to stop corruption and mis-governance in Nigeria but then holds a secret session with The Godfather Of corruption and bad governance, IBB. Nigerians, Oby creatively coined BUTIKU. I love it! But this single visit is “OBYTIKU”. Go figure!” Sowore tweeted.
PHOTOSPEAK: Our dear @obyzeks wants to stop corruption and mis-governance in Nigeria but then holds a secret session with The Godfather Of corruption and bad governance, IBB. Nigerians, Oby creatively coined BUTIKU. I love it! But this single visit is “OBYTIKU” . Go figure! pic.twitter.com/7aDjbqPlKD
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) November 5, 2018
Mrs Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, had been a critic of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and previous governments in the country for being corrupt.
Just last week, the co-convener of #BringbackOurGirls Group, the body campaigning against the kidnap of 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State in April 2014 lambasted Mr Buhari and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar for “wasting time on WAEC certificate when Nigeria is facing a fiscal emergency.”
On Monday as reported by Naija News, Mrs Ezekwesili tweeted that she met with Mr Babangida to discuss how Nigeria must be taken out of the clutches of the old order in 2019.
I had a very candid conversation with former head of state, Ibrahim Babangida in Minna after my speech on Human Capital Development at El Amin School yesterday. I made it clear that Nigeria must be taken out of the clutches of the Old Order. This is our mission.#Fight4Naija pic.twitter.com/y7MPV7F5VS
— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) November 5, 2018
Other Nigerians also criticised Mrs Ezekwesili while reacting to the picture showing her and Mr Babangida.
Hypocrisy is a vice he obviously detests in anyone. Calling out someone as a result is in order IMO, especially when they profess to be fighting for the masses on the one hand but seeking approval from the same oppressors of d Nigerian people. ?
— Stanley Obiagwu (Still?) (@stantheguy) November 5, 2018
Enefola .V. Levi said: “Eyaaaaaah! Obi is the Mama of all scams, this single act has destroyed whatever credibility is left of her unpopular ambition.”
To take Nigeria out of the clutches of the old order, its IBB you are meeting??? You are one of the clutches I guess
— Fabroh Okisoh (@FabrohOkisoh) November 5, 2018
Does the picture Oby posted look like one taken by a 'secret' camera? Did she tell us it was doctored? She spoke at a school founded by IBB's wife, met with him after, had other meetings in Minna and informed the public of them all, if thats not transparency, I wonder what is. ?
— cote ? (@ChiEzekwesili) November 6, 2018