Judges’ arrests: Ezekwesili tackles presidential spokesman, Shehu

Oby Ezekwesili
Oby Ezekwesili, former VP World Bank.

A former minister and a leader of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, Oby Ezekwesili, has expressed dismay over a tweet by a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, which suggested that some media houses acted against Nigeria’s interest in their reporting of the recent arrest of some judges by the State Security Services (SSS).

“To suggest that the government is acting outside the law in a dictatorial manner is to breach the interest of the state,” Mr. Shehu tweeted on Sunday.

The tweet was picked from the first press statement issued by the presidency after the country’s secret police raided the homes of some senior judges and arrested seven of them, including two Supreme Court judges. The judges were later released Monday evening.

The presidency, in the statement, had accused the media of portraying the incident as a confrontation between the executive and the judiciary.

Mrs. Ezekwesili quickly took on Mr. Shehu on the social media site.

“Delete your Press Release,” she wrote. “How dare you dictate what opinion citizens should express on any issue in a democracy?”

She said dissent voices and debates were the essentials of democracy, and that Mr. Shehu needed to take a class on “Democracy 101”.

“Globally, public backing is a sine qua non for all successful anti-corruption wars. Only governments that consistently acted lawfully earned it.”

She said she wasn’t against the prosecution of corrupt judges, but that she wanted the SSS to “step back” from their excesses.

“I’ve often said judiciary is (the) weakest link in anti-corruption effort. Empower @officialefcc for greater work. DSS keep within your mandate.

“Why has a strong anti-corruption government not worked hard with @NGRSenate to confirm Ibrahim Magu of @officialefcc to bolster their work? Why?” the former minister said, adding that countries like Hong Kong and Queensland Australia ended a tide of endemic corruption in the 70s through intelligent, rigorous, and due process-compliant prosecutions.

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  • Raji Bello

    Bravo, Aunty Oby.

  • Ijeuwa

    How dare you, Ezekwesili, tell another person what to say? If the journalists are free to air their opinion, Shehu also has the right to have his opinion on what the journalists say.

  • Emeka

    This mistaken identity should just shut up! You accused Garba Shehu of a wrong you just committed, by asking him to delete his tweet, if indeed democracy is the freedom to speak ones mind, then why must you ask him to delete his tweet??? I know what you sycophants are doing, it’s just a crooked means of warming your names in the minds of our corrupt judges to buy favor, so that anytime your matter gets to the court rooms of these corrupt judges, you know what happens? Your guess is as good as mine. It’s a cult, and the corrupt judges are watching and listening to who said what… this is the reason why so many people are supporting evil, all in name of protecting democracy my foot! Those who know the damages caused by the recent exposure, would rather die in silence, than call a spade by its name.

  • ibrahim abdulkadir

    good afteroon

  • blueeyedkitten

    so nigerians have the rights to say what they want, but the president hasnt got any rights of its own?
    common simple wisdom, people no fit get again? SMH! this woman’s arrogance is just too much.

    • thusspokez

      so nigerians have the rights to say what they want, but the presidency hasnt got any rights of its own?
      common simple wisdom

      If Nigerians have rights to…,is the President not a Nigerian himself? Your logic is a hoist with your own petard!

      • blueeyedkitten

        you’re talking bullsh!t!

  • Contact Point

    Believe me, Oby has gone nut, she no longer reason reasonably.

    • iknoble


      I am not
      carried away by the arrest of Supreme Court Judges. I am focused on Buhari’s
      economic destruction. Nigerians are committing suicide everyday. They leave
      suicide note behind that they cannot afford the general prices of things. Today’s
      newspapers carry different cases of such suicide. Yet, things are getting worse
      and the President Buhari who caused this mess has no solution. Rice in a small
      tin of De Rica is now 350 Naira. Transport cost has doubled. Rent has doubled.
      No employment anywhere but retrenchment. School fees for children has doubled.
      Let all Nigerians come out and fight against this nonsense policy of Buhari. It
      makes no sense to kill yourself when you can kill the bad policy instead

      • ibrahim abdulkadir

        so why do you tolk like that if mr president make a mistake please pray for him abi

  • Don

    Ezekwesili wailing tends to increase by day… Now she is the only one that can say what and what not to say in Democracy because her mouth is BIG….

  • JasV

    Your job as an activist is to actively oppose government actions whether it makes sense or not abi? Just continue. Before you was a dog called Dino Melaye. So nothing new under the sky.

  • Adamu Ndagi

    To add my voice too, she is becoming unbecoming. Because of this, she lacks both mathematical reasoning and conceptual understanding of really Nigeria contemporary issues.

    • ibrahim abdulkadir

      i support him more then you

    • Passionate about Nigeria

      Nice one- “she’s becoming unbecoming”!

  • George

    This useless ash——hole lady thought by now she will be eating with the Northerners so he betrayed GEJ together with Sam Odemagu and Solodu Charles behold God gisgraced them the more.

  • Ladidi

    This woman needs to be saved from herself. She seems to be confused, not knowing what better to do with her life. She seems to be into everything concerning the Presidency and it makes me wonder what her problem is ?
    A piece od advice : Abeg you madam, just go park !!! You are in a confused state of mind.

    • Smart

      Sounded like an ass

  • ibrahim abdulkadir

    mission revolution why some people obey the law i love naji forever

  • Smart

    These guys are confused around a clueless president who is determined to destroy our democracy. They will never go unpublish.

  • Man_Enough

    so sad! buhari is fighting this corruption battle alone. i was not surprised with the resounding condemnation from the national assembly neither was i piqued by the judges and lawyers. i expected the physical resistance of the executive (ably represented by wike), but madam “et tu brute”? this is the most unkind cut.

  • haba mallam

    Mrs attention seeker you completely missed the point, please go back and contemplate for a minute before rushing to comment on national issues, this woman seems to have zero analytical skills, a one time World bank official no wonder they keep plunging nations into crisis upon crisis. Making matters worst by portraying herself as the one person who knows thing better than anybody else. So we have to go with your understanding of things and your interpretation of events in this country. You gonna have wait until you win an election before you can do that madam!

    • share Idea

      Was this your advice to her when she was attacking GEJ’s administration? Nigeria we hail thee

      • haba mallam

        she didn’t need my advice then, both her and GEJ are of the same mold no need for further clarifications

        • Onike24

          That is unfair, another thing that plagues us is the complete lack of hints dispassionate thinking. How can you compare her to Jonathan.

          • Rosebud

            Thank you m’lady.

    • paul irumundomon

      She wants every Nigerian to taste the beauty of democracy, but the cabals in charge of Nigeria, don’t want Nigerians to feel that democracy. The president’a wife just said, those employed by her busbands, are stranger to him, is that not concerning to you.

  • Africa

    She is very bitter against this government, the lady is angry she was never invited to serve in Buhari’s cabinet. Ambition…ambitious…

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      No, bruv.

      I don’t think Madam Oby is bitter on that score.

      From exchanges with her, I can confirm her actions are mostly altruistic.

      I just couldn’t agree with her on this score.

      Please revisit your opinion of her as a person and let’s focus on this viewpoint she has expressed herein.

      • Africa

        Thanks for your opinion which you expressed so respectfully. I have tremendous respect for her and believe she has the interest of the country at heart.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Thanks, bruv.

          I similarly respect your very mature rejoinder.

          Have a great weekend

  • ijelejames

    What is wrong with this person? She is turning to something strange. Always fighting vacuum.

  • paul irumundomon

    She only want a better nigeria for all. Buhari and his cabals, can promogate, enact or decree a law, since we have no satellite in orbit, which we may never have, no one Nigeria government, have the right to tell nigerians, how to express themselves.
    Nigeria is in a democratic state, somebody should have told buhari and his advisers.

  • Abdulkadir

    Madame, no country would fight corruption and come out without blemishes, no matter it’s civility. People are quick to insinuate witch hunt when their actions are indefensible. I would rather they claim innocence. I hate the procedures of the Court where a case may be attended to on the basis of some technicalities and not its merit. It smacks of mischief and not Justice.

    • LadyRosely

      She is saying that you can work with NASS to change things and make hard reforns of the system

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Sis, the same NASS headed and peopled largely by crooks who benefit from the rot?

  • Muhammad

    She can not be faulted on this inconsequential case .

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Madame Oby is speaking tongue in cheek on this matter in my humble opinion.

    As much as I hold her in high esteem, I disagree on the modus operandi she is suggesting in this instance because it completely fails to factor in the mindset of the dramatis personae involved here.

    How can Madam Oby sincerely expect a NASS headed by those who directly benefited / profited from the rot and decay in the society to holistically join hands in cleaning the mess?

    We all know that the first two bills PMB sent to the NASS is against corruption and aimed at strengthening the institutions devoted to fighting it, but has these even received any attention by NASS? No. How much the “lesser” considerations.

    Personally, I feel that Madame Oby’s call on this occasion need to be seen as being idealistic, rather than realistic.

    • suleiman

      If by using the esq appendage you want us to know you are a lawyer, then you have portrayed yourself as an ignorant person who knows nothing about the law. I wonder how lawlessness can fight corruption. I have never heard of judges being ambushed and arrested in their sleep anywhere in the world, not even under the worst dictatorship. This country is quickly sliding into the dictatorship of between December 1983 and August 1985 and many gullible Nigerians are supporting it. What is wrong with you Nigerians? When one discusses with friends outside the shores of this country, all what one hears is “What is wrong with you Nigerians?” I actually thought I knew Nigeria but the coming of APC and the Buhari government has proved me wrong! If what I read in these columns represents Nigeria, then I don’t want to part of this kind of Nigeria. I don’t want to be named among Nigerians. In fact, I feel like destroying my Nigerian Passport!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Presuming you’ve ever been inside MMA.

        Your contribution, nay, ad hominem attack, on my person doesn’t suggest potential or significant cerebral capacity on your side, Suleiman.

        Whilst seeking to destroy your non-existent Nigerian Passport, you may also consider terminating your inconsequential existence.

      • Kitunde

        1). Part 18 of the ACJA Section 148. It states unequivocally that
        “A search warrant may be issued and executed at any time on any day, including a Sunday or Public Holiday.”

        2).Musa Sadau & Anor v. The State (1968) NMLR 208. Also in Kuruma V. R. (1955)1 All ER 236 at 239-240, the Privy Council stated, :

        “The test to be applied in considering whether evidence is admissible is whether it is relevant to the matters in issue. If it is admissible…..the court is not concerned with how the evidence was obtained”.

        No…but you clever clogs, want the DSS to phone the ‘big men’ (Judges) 3 months before they carry out the arrests preferably on a day the judges choose then wait for them to wear their best suits and lead them into their limousines and escort them to an air conditioned goverment building, and the ask them whilst they having coffee and biscuits Ogas please why are you thieves? Nonsense, NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW!