Oby Ezekwesili and Jim Ovia’s action of not boycotting visit to South Africa for the World Economic on Wednesday despite Xenophobia killings by South Africans is a slap to Nigerians
The recent xenophobic attack on Nigerians living in South Africa by South Africans has gotten to the entire world communities who have condemned the act.
The Nigerian government in its action has sent envoy to South Africa, summoned the High commissioner of South Africa and has even gone to the extent of showing the red light to end any trade with the country.
Many Nigerian top music artistes such as Burna Boy and Tiwa Savage have cancelled their trip to perform in South Africa as a way of showing their empathy to those who have lost their lives and properties in the xenophobic attacks.
In addition, the Federal Government of Nigeria joined the boycott trend by not attending the World Economic Forum which began in Cape Town, South Africa holding from Wednesday 4th to Friday 6th September as way of showing their displeasure with the SA government.
Not just the Nigerian government boycotting, other Africa countries such as Malawi, Zimbabwe, Rwanda whom their nationals were killed in the Xenophobia followed same step by not attending the Forum.
On the contrary, this was not the same step taken by Nigeria’s one time Presidential Aspirant and the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign Founder Oby Ezekwesili and Business Mogul Jim Ovia who still attended the forum.
The recent act by these two well known personalities have been condemned by large population of Nigerians who saw their participation as been selfish and what matters to them is their personal interest.
One of the notable critics of the act is the Personal Assistant to President Buhari on Media, Bashir Ahmad whom openly condemned the act by Ezekwesili specifically and resulted to a heated conversation between both parties.
Here is their conversation:
Bashir Ahmad said: “Aunty @obyezeks you’re properly very educated but unfortunately you failed to understand that those who are being attacked in SA, where you’re at the moment, are also private citizens, we all thought you’d sympathize with them and boycott the @wef to properly protest the attacks.”
Here’s Oby Ezekwesili’s reply:
“Please send that aide to school to get proper education. Who told him that a private citizen like me needs their @NigeriaGov to decide my participation @wef ? Imagine. I am doing more for our at-risk citizens. Who has time for their nonsense politicking with citizens’ lives?
“Let your Boss know that I am actually leading an effort here in South Africa that will help safeguard our citizens not the childish silly politics his government, aides and praise-singers constantly play with the lives of our Citizens.” She replied.
Nevertheless, on my own opinion the act by both individuals attending the conference is seen as selfish and especially for Oby Ezekwesili as to seek attention.
Dear Oby Ezekwesili, admittedly you are a private citizen and it’s your right to have freedom of movement but fairly speaking you are not just a private citizen but must understand that you are a public figure.
It is quite understood you made some points against the xenophobic attack over there and you are trying to hold different sessions as an effort to help matters but you have failed because the World Economic Forum is clearly out of context with what you are doing over there.
Drawing from this points, it can be concluded that she (Oby Ezekwesili) is an attention seeker and she does things only for your personal interest.
Her voice would have been heard more if she boycotted the forum.