The convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, Obi Ezekwesili has responded to the criticisms which she received from Nigerians who were angered on why she attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting at the time when the country boycotted the event in South Africa in the wake of the xenophobic crisis on Nigerians.
Oby Ezekwesili, who spoke on a panel at WEF held in South Africa said she was in South Africa to ensure that the country’s government does not look away again when Nigerians are being attacked in South Africa.
Reacting via her Twitter handle, Ezekwesili said:
“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 my ensure that @GovernmentZA never again looks away while our citizens are attacked, maimed & killed.
“My Life Vision is to always stand for the weaker. This is a role I play within & without Nigeria. For me, the next three days in South Africa are programmed to achieve a set of specific action by the @GovernmentZA. Our Citizens’ preservation is what matters to me not the noise.
“Those of you who take delight in making ‘Politics’ of our Citizens’ Lives 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 & important for me to be drawn into your latest ‘playground’. Never.”
Recall that 36Naija News reported that the Nigerian government had shunned the WEF summit and sent the South African ambassador to Nigeria back home.
Prominent Nigerian celebrities including Basketmouth, Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy stated that they would not perform in South Africa until the issue of xenophobia is addressed.
Nigerians and other foreigners of African descent were attacked and their businesses looted by South Africans who pointed fingers at them and accused them of taking over their country.
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