Former Minster of Education, Obi Ezekwesili has reacted to a recent comment by President Muhammadu Buhari on the controversy surrounding the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami.
The President in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu pledged his support to Pantami noting that he was only in his twenties when he made the statements backing some terrorists group. The presidency noted that since then his perception has changed.
Reacting to this, Ezekwesili in a tweet she shared stated that the president has conveyed a message on his view on terrorism adding that it is left for Nigerians to decide whether they agree with him or not.
The former Minister, however, expressed disagreement saying it is time for Nigerians to have a genuine conversation about it’s future.
In her words;
“In that singular act of siding with his Minister of Communication, @NGRPresident @MBuhari actually conveyed a message on his view of terrorism. Nigerians now know that his views align with that of his Minister. It is now left to Nigerians to convey whether we agree with them.
“I do not agree with @NGRPresident @MBuhari and his Minister of Communication that any citizen can get away with such bloodcurdling rhetorics the latter made through the years. Worse that one who swore an oath to public office said and did the things @NigeriaGov has waved off.
“Yesterday’s action by our President was an anti-climax. He has persisted in badly managing our country’s diversity. Nigeria cannot at this stage avoid a genuine conversation about its future. The signs are all too obvious for all to see and act on.”