Katsina abduction: Nigeria has no government, says Ezekwesili


Former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has berated the Muhammadu Buhari government over the abduction of over 300 students in Katsina.

Speaking during an interview with BBC on Tuesday, Ezekwesili said Nigeria had no government.

The former minister, who is one of the Co-Conveners of the Bring Back Our Girls group which led the demonstrations for the rescue of over 250 schoolgirls from Chibok in Borno State, said the recent abduction of schoolboys was evidence that Nigeria had incompetent persons at the helm of affairs.

On whether the government was capable of tackling insecurity, she said, “Which government are you talking about? The one that has failed children and people? The one that has been in office while people have been abducted and slaughtered, where even our police and soldiers have been victims of terrorism?

“The government that has rebranded terrorism as banditry? Which government are you talking about? It is annoying that they consider themselves as a government. There is no government in my country right now. This country is not being governed.”

Ezekwesili said it was unfortunate that students were being abducted on a large scale. She recalled that Leah Sharibu, who was abducted from Dapchi had been in captivity for years.

“It is absolute incompetence and an uncaring indifferent ruling class that does not understand what it means to govern. So, it is a repetitive pattern of bad governance.

“I have come to a point where I am saying to my fellow citizens that if we accept this, it will never stop,” the former minister said.

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