BBOG Group Congratulates Ezekwesili On Her Birthday

BBOG Group Congratulates Ezekwesili On Her Birthday

The co-founder of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and former Nigerian minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, celebrated her 52nd birthday on April 28.

The #BringBackOurGirls group has described her as a blessing to the Chibok girls campaign, Leadership reports.

Aisha Yesufu, a member of the group, confessed that knowing Dr Ezekwesili has changed her life and belief in human beings, as her doggedness and determination have contributed to the successes of the BBOG campaign.

“Aunty Oby made me believe in a New Nigeria. I had given up hope on my country, Nigeria. She gave me hope for a better Nigeria. I was almost giving up hope. Things weren’t going well and nothing was being done to correct it but when I encountered aunty Oby and this group, I had great hope for the future,” she added.

According to Maureen Kabric, another member of the group, Dr. Ezekwesili has done a great deal for the movement and for humanity as a whole, as she has brought a lot of hope for the Chibok parents and many victims of the insurgency in the northeast.

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“No matter how they call her names. No matter what they write against her, she has always remained resolute. She has been revered outside the country. She has done incredibly for this movement, for Nigeria and for humanity.

“I remember when we were banned from having our sit-out by Mbu and how she stood her ground. She has done a great deal for us in this movement. She has been a rock for all of us and we wish her well as she celebrates her birthday,” he said.

Jibo Ibrahim, a member of the group, read an extract from an article on Oby:

“One evening in June 1993, a certain Oby Ezekwesili walked into my house in the Samaru campus of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where I was teaching. She demanded what we were doing to restore the stolen mandate of M.K.O. Abiola. I asked her who she was and the basis of this direct approach. ‘I got your contact from Shehu Yahaya, a mutual friend in the Lagos branch of Concerned Professionals,’ she said. What’s a bloody banker doing organising street protests all over the country I asked her? The moment the police tear-gassed and beat us up in Lagos Island for exercising our democratic right to protest, I realised that without citizen action the military will turn our country into a Banana Republic, we shall not allow that she insisted. Okay Oby, sits down, let’s share notes, strategise and create traction in the struggle for democracy.

“22 years later, thinking she had been softened by ministerial appointments and World Bank vice presidency."

Not only members of BBOG group that congratulated Dr Ezekwesili, but many Nigerians also sent birthday wishes using social media.


Following the great news about the rescue of 293 females after the operation in Sambisa forest, Oby Ezekwesili expressed her hope and joy by saying:

“It is a great news at this particular time. We are hopeful that this news will be for real and that the Chibok girls will be among those rescued after they have been profiled."


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