Ezekwesili speaks on Dino Melaye’s recall

Oby Ezekwesili
Oby Ezekwesili

A former Minister of Education and a co-leader of the #BringBackOurGirls group, Oby Ezekwesili, has attacked Nigeria’s Senate for appearing to be backing the controversial senator, Dino Melaye, against the recall process initiated by the senator’s constituents in Kogi State.

Mr. Melaye had on Tuesday at the plenary begged his co-senators to save him from being recalled, during which the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, assured him that the recall process was “dead on arrival”.

Responding to the remark by Mr. Ekweremadu, Mrs. Ezekwesili, on Twitter, Tuesday, accused the Deputy Senate President of speaking “so cynically and without due respect to citizens’ right”.

Mrs. Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) tweeted, “This too shall pass”.

She then went on to tweet, “Our members of @nassnigeria are like a man who NEVER imagined he would get an Ozo title. He wears the beads on his knees instead of ankles!

“Funny fellows that call themselves ‘Excellencies, Distinguished, and Honorable’. They don’t know that ‘the hood does not make a monk’”.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has been reported as saying that those after Mr. Melaye were only wasting their time, implying that the recall won’t succeed.

Mrs. Ezekwesili responded, still on Twitter, by warning the Senate president to stop “talking down” on citizens.

“No serious leader of any institution of Democracy in a serious country that respects its citizens speaks like you,” she told Mr. Saraki.

The former minister also tweeted about the ongoing face-off between the National Assembly and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, over Mr. Fashola’s allegation that the lawmakers apart from slashing N21 billion off the N31 billion vote for the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, had inserted new projects into the ministry’s 2017 budget.

Mr. Fashola had also accused the National Assembly of taking N5 billion off the budget for the construction of the Second Niger Bridge.

The House of Representatives, Tuesday, summoned Mr. Fashola to appear before it, saying his remarks constituted an incitement of Nigerians against the legislators.

Mrs. Ezekwesili expressed her faith in Mr. Fashola’s ability to stand up to the lawmakers whom she said should be made to refund the “the fat ‘allowances’ they earn for NOTHING”.

When a fellow Twitter user cautioned Mrs. Ezekwesili that she too could be summoned by the National Assembly, she responded: “They won’t. When the 7th NASS insulted me for pointing out their disgraceful ‘allowances,’ I asked for a Debate. They dodged.”

The former minister however said it was not that she did not like the legislative arm of government, but just that she detested their “bad ways”.


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  • henry

    Good reaction we need more of this from Nigerians this National Assembly are not representing any of us from East to West ,from North to South.

  • chiemex

    Ezekwesili no de talk about PMB’s impunity, she belongs to the Buhari camp of the APC

  • George

    This he-goat or she-goat uglier creator from Igbo should shout up before Dino demand for her smelling pussy to be table in upon market where mad ladies like her are been used.

    Anger will consume her miserable life yeye woman who slept with Apple OBJ for position.

    • Deansmart

      You are so rude and irresponsible you were not brought up well, your comments reflects a child of dysfunctional family .literacy they say is not an indicator of intelligence

      • whereto

        The man is sick. It’s help he needs.

        • IBRAHIM DAUDA

          Honestly.

        • MALIK BADMUS

          absolutely

    • Sir Demo

      Who let this dog out?

    • jamajake

      Your father father father and father what Igbo got to do with above topic?foolish aboki

    • Abate Dokpu

      You are beneath human. You are a mongrel

    • 0tile

      Why do you and your egbon Kay Soyemi sound so rude?

  • Sunday Arowosegbe

    These are the people we cloth who now act with impunity.

  • Muhammad SANI SANI

    It is quite unfortunate for our dear country to have such people as leaders. We pray may God Almighty provide us with people of good characters.

  • Julius

    This should be the leader this country needs . Maam, please don’t waste your time with these idiots, they are beneath you.

  • Richard

    Chibok girl are you from kogi or do you think there vacate position for you

  • curseless

    Most of the assembly members are area boys who just went there on a Jamboree. They do not understand the scope of the mandate on which they are operating and most are there to take a nap when the house is in session. If they are actually serious no one needed to tell them that the citizens that sent them there are their bosses and work under their behest. Any of them can be recalled at any time after all these are rogues using the looted funds to buy their ways into assembly to avoid prosecution. The sad thing is that they are slowing down our forward march.

  • Princess Saka

    OMG! I do not blame George and his vulgar expression. I blame Premium Times that doesn’t vet comments before they are published for public consumption. The other day, I wrote and sent a comment on one of these Indian outlets, it was not sent automatically and I was asked to excercise patience until their moderator sees and approves of it for the public to see. Let’ s adopt such measures and comments will be saner!

    • 0tile

      They hardly moderate crude commentators such as: george, kay soyemi, dele awogbeogba, arthful dudger and amazing2012. The insolent mob can say anything they like and get away with it.

  • Musa M. Dantsoho

    Madam, the action may appear repugnant to all people with conscience. But, it may not be the case with people they planted in the media to defend whatever nonsense coming out of Senators heads.

  • 0tile

    How can Buhari holds on to Minister of Petroleum when no living person has seen or heard from him in recent times?

  • thusspokez

    Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, assured him that the recall process was “dead on arrival”.

    If we apply the same Senate eagerness to threaten to impeach the Acting President for expressing his view on something, then this Deputy Ike Ekweremadu should face threat of impeachment too.

    Ike Ekweremadu reckless statement is in effect a threat to democracy and the rule of law, But I doubt if idíots like him ever think before the speak.

  • Harry

    We need to stone Saraki to death first for Nigeria to move forward.