- Reactions have trailed Oby Ezekwesili's attendance at the World Economic Forum on Africa held in South Africa
- The forum is being held at a time when Nigerians and their properties were attacked in South Africa
- Ezekwesili who has been the subject of criticism for not boycotting the forum like the federal government did, gave reasons for her decision
Former minister of education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili has given reasons for her decision to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa held in South Africa.
Ezekwesili, 56, who also previously served as vice-president of the World Bank's Africa division, has been under fire for attending the WEF in South Africa by Nigerians on social media.
The forum is being held at a time when Nigerians and their properties were attacked in South Africa, prompting the federal government to pull out of the event.
Three other African governments had earlier made a similar move.
Writing on micro-blogging site, Twittter, Ezekwesili said her decision was “thoroughly considered.”
Her words: “Those who have genuine concerns about my being at WEF in South Africa, should please know that my decision to be here was thoroughly considered.
“I am in South Africa leveraging to ensure that South African government never again looks away while our citizens are attacked, mai*med and killed.
“My life vision is to always stand for the weaker. This is a role I play within and without Nigeria.
“For me, the next three days in South Africa are programmed to achieve a set of specific action by the South African government. Our citizens’ preservation is what matters to me not the noise.
“Those of you who take delight in making ‘politics’ of our citizens’ Llves can carry on with your usual trade. I stand strong on doing the things one can do to safeguard lives. Citizens’ lives are too sacred and important for me to be drawn into your latest ‘playground.’ Never.”
Meanwhile, Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa has called on the federal government to protect Nigerians in South Africa.
Okowa in message on Twitter on Tuesday, September 3, urged the government to liaise with South African authorities to ensure that Nigerians are protected in the country.
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