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Ezekwesili Fires Back At Buhari’s Spokesman, ‘Your Incompetence Is Legendary’

Oby Ezekwesili

Former minister of education, Oby Ezekwesili, has fired back at presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, after he criticised her comment on the clash between members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Nigerian Army in the south east.

Mr. Shehu had on Thursday condemned the co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement (BBOG), questioning her silence over the “lawlessness” of the Biafra agitators.

The presidential spokesman was reacting to Ezekwesili’s warning to President Muhammadu Buhari not to alienate the entire Igbo race through the ongoing Operation Python Dance II in the region.

He said: “While it is convenient for the civil society activist to condemn the military and the government of President Buhari, Mrs Ezekwesili didn’t find it appropriate, even once, to criticise the dangerous and violent propaganda being propagated by the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. Oby, as they call her, tweets on everything. Why was she silent on this one?”

“Her hypocritical and timid silence, while Kanu’s IPOB supporters were engaged in lawlessness and recklessness in violation of his bail conditions, is a burden on her credibility as a national crusader who should be courageous to condemn criminality.

“This art of using a raincoat while taking a bath is nothing short of self-deceit.”

However, Shehu’s comments did not go down well with the former world bank vice-president, who described him as “incompetent”.

In a series of tweets via her official Twitter handle, Ezekwesili wrote: “Garba Shehu? Slam? For where! Garba Shehu’s incompetency is legendary. ‘Presidential Spokesman’. Model of Incompetency.

“Shehu see, your predecessor once called me and others ‘psychological terrorists’ for asking their government to lead!

“To a very incompetent fellow like Shehu, asking his principal to arise and lead in time of crisis is ‘pettiness.’

“A man like Shehu cannot give what he does not have.”

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