Buhari’s aide attacks Ezekwesili over remarks criticising president

Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu
Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu

The presidency has advised the co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls Group, Oby Ezekwesili, to demonstrate a great sense of responsibility in the face of national security challenges posed by the IPOB incendiary propaganda designed to cause civil unrest in the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said “a prominent influencer like Dr. Oby has a moral and patriotic duty not to give ammunition to any violent group that seems determined to pursue its separatist agitation through reckless and destructive methods.”

He explained that, “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?”

According to him, the attacks on soldiers and police officers by IPOB supporters “was most irresponsible, indefensible and reckless” and that nobody in her position “should elevate mobs to the status of rock stars for the sake of playing to the gallery.”

The presidential media aide said while the military are taking all precautions to observe the rules of engagement, “there is a deliberate sinister agenda by IPOB to provoke the soldiers into killing innocent people in retaliation so that Nnamdi Kanu would use the pictures of the victims for international propaganda by accusing the government of ethnic cleansing against the Igbos with the sole purpose of gaining sympathy.”

“A president who has put the nation’s cash cows, the Central Bank and the Ministry of Petroleum in the hands of the Igbo; who has given four out of five states in the sub-region senior cabinet posts in his administration, including Foreign Affairs; and Industry, Trade and Investment, and is constructing the Second Niger bridge after years of deceit and false starts cannot be called a hater of the Igbo.”

The statement warned that the politicisation of the ongoing military exercise in the sub-region, itself in line with similar exercises in the five other geopolitical regions is inimical to the military readiness of the armed forces and the much-desired improved civilian-military relations in the country.

Mr. Shehu also wondered why Mrs. Ezekwesili “retreated to the background or lost her voice while IPOB supporters were violently molesting, harassing, attacking and jeopardising the lives of indigenes and non-indigenes.”

He challenged Mrs. Ezekwesili to explain to Nigerians where the constitution of Nigeria, and international human rights law supports the killing and molestation of innocent people in the name of advocacy for self-determination.

According to him, “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.”

He reminded her that “if the Buhari administration could take tough action against the extremist religious groups in the northern parts of the country to preserve national security, it is ridiculous to accuse the President of sending soldiers to the Southeast because he hates the Igbos. The Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari respects all citizens and will ensure that they are safe and secure wherever they reside.”

Mr. Shehu advised her to rise above pettiness and sentiments, and to resist the temptation to play to the gallery, when the country’s national security is under threat, adding that “seeking to make political capital out of a chaotic situation is highly unbecoming of her and of the reputation she has worked hard to build over the years.”


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  • bashwaziri

    “if the Buhari administration could take tough action against the extremist religious groups in the northern parts of the country to preserve national security, it is ridiculous to accuse the President of sending soldiers to the Southeast because he hates the Igbos.

    It is so unfortunate a woman who we all thought is different from our political class, who is patriotic, who is nationalistic, who is beyond tribal and ethnic bigotry would stoop so low to make us realized she is actually one and the same as our tribal sentimental politicians

    • Factual Bob

      How many people have your boko haram members killed in Nigeria in the last seven years compared to IPOB? What level of violence have Nigerians been subjected to by your boko haram compared to none by IPOB? How many family members of your suicide bombers have been interrogated or punished for the heinous crime your people have committed against the state? How many people have been maimed and killed by your fulani herdsmen across the country,compared to none by the IPOB?
      Oby Okwesilieze is more than detribalized,no sane person will ever question her integrity,and she can’t close her eyes and pretend that all is well.

      • Wisgreat Matthew Letam

        Is South East the only region invaded by the military? Absolutely no. We have them in the North, South South and everywhere there’s crisis. Fine, military could be used to defend the territory and not civil unrest, but you will agree with me that our Police force are not up and doing. My advice is, that they should used their acclaimed “Igbo sense” to pursue their agenda peacefully and legally and not to molest others and preventing them from going about their businesses by blocking public roads, setting fire on the road and killing/looting shops.

        • Factual Bob

          An illegality remains just that ILLEGALITY no matter the number of times or places repeated therein.The deployment of military to North East in the fight against the boko haram was after the National Assembly authorized the president and C-In-C to proclaim and declare state of emergency in response to open and manifest armed insurrection by the boko haram.
          The said state of emergency complied with section 271(B,C) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
          Any other deployment of the military to South South must be illegal and unconstitutional,as there was no declaration of state of emergency in any SS state,or the entire region.
          What is happening in the South East is AGITATION for self determination,which is a guaranteed universal natural right,and is NEITHER AN INSURRECTION NOR EXTERNAL AGGRESSION.
          The agitators were non violent until the illegal military invasion and occupation of Biafraland. Why the unnecessary intimidation of Ndigbo? It is the job of the police to deal with IPOB issue,and if as you admitted that your police is not up to their constitutional duties,then equip your police with adequate personnel and policing tools.
          Unilateral deployment of the military to even all the 36 states without compliance to section 271(B,C) of the 1999 constitution as amended will mean one thing ‘VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTION’,and there is no excuse for such,unless the FG is begging for ANARCHY.

          • abodes_124

            If our legislators knew their job they should be impeaching Buhari for violating the constitution.

          • Factual Bob

            Do you think the so called law makers are even serious,when instead of cutting short their holidays to attend to burning national issues,have just extended their endless holidays by extra one week. In the last three days I’ve met six(6) serving Nigerian senators and eight (8)representatives in the North London residence of an ex senator from Imo state,whose wife delivered a new baby.
            I was so enraged that I had to ask ex deputy speaker of house of reps,Emeka Ihedioha why his ex colleagues at national assembly can’t cut short their jamborees and resume plenary.

          • share Idea

            It was deliberate so that Nigerian army would finish they premeditated action.

          • Julius

            If your legislators that are representing you knows their job, they will table referendum that y’all lying that you want.

        • abodes_124

          When they used their Igbo sense to sit at home on 30th May, the Arewa youth got so riled that they issued a quit notice to all Igbos because of it along with a death song.

          • Julius

            Stop lying, it wasn’t because of their sit at home. You fools must think that everybody have no sense of what’s going on. You insult and abuse them daily, lying that you do not want to be in the same country with them and when they came out and said okay, leave our land, you went yelling and begging. See how shameless you all are . Why do you always play the victim ? It ain’t looking so good for you, is it ?

          • share Idea

            Lying is your second nature. How can you claim that people asked SE to go and SE people started begging them. Why sending troops to SE if truly you meant what you wrote.

          • Julius

            So your ezes, governors both ex and current , business leaders and your elites didn’t go to Kano and Kaduna and Abuja to meet with the mumu so called Arewa youth and leaders ? Dude, it was all over the news both print and tv.

      • bashwaziri

        So you think you can operate and illegal pirate radio station, insults and threatened to kill the President and other tribes, threatened that elections would not hold, create an illegal security force BBS in a sovereign Nation and expect the President to be looking at you? I think you must have members who are citizens of US or UK, abeg ask them to do just half of the shenanigans and rhetorics Kanu did in Nigeria and see if he will escape the death by treason they will slam on him. Buhari is even lenient, Kanu should have been hanged a long time ago and nothing will happen. The coward is already in hiding after shouting Biafra or Death

        • Factual Bob

          Well,you’re talking to a grand father,who has spent over thirty-two (32) yrs of his adult life in England,and in very good position to lecture you on this very issue.
          We always cite advance democracies like the United States,United Kingdom when we talk of democracy,but have always failed to act like them when it comes to the demands of constitutional democracy.The British government did not invade Scotland to prevent them from breaking away from the United Kingdom,they conducted a referendum.Europe did not invade Britain to prevent them from leaving European Union,rather the British were allowed to vote to leave.
          The deployment of military to North East in the fight against the boko haram was after the National Assembly authorized the president and C-In-C to proclaim and declare state of emergency in response to open and manifest armed insurrection by the boko haram.Then said state of emergency in North East complied with section 271(B,C) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
          Deployment of the military to South East is illegal and unconstitutional,as there was no declaration of state of emergency in any SE state,or the entire region.What is happening in the South East is AGITATION for self determination,which is a guaranteed universal natural right,and is NEITHER AN INSURRECTION NOR EXTERNAL AGGRESSION.The army is usurping the powers of the police.
          It may interest you to know that I have never seen an armoured personnel carrier (APC) any where in all my 32 yrs here in UK, I have not seen even a single armed army,air force or naval officer in the street of London.Even during terrorist attacks,when the risk level is critical,the much I’ve seen are armed POLICE.
          The agitators were non violent until the illegal military invasion and occupation of Biafraland.Violence begets violence,meaning violent behaviors by hausa-fulani led army promote violent reprisals in return. Revolt against tyrannical government is divine obedience to NATURE,as self preservation remains the first law of nature .

          • bashwaziri

            Sorry I couldn’t read your long essay. Lost interest when you said you impliedly supported the madness Kanu is doing all in the name of secession. I challenge you to find anyone who is citizen of the UK or US amongst yourselves and tell him to try the shenanigans and violent rhetorics Kanu tried here, and let see if they will give u a medal.

          • Factual Bob

            That says a lot about your manifest intellectual sterility,and the very reason why my grand daughter had to score 169 to gain admission into the unity school,while you’re only required to score just 2 for the same admission as a northerner.One Nigeria?

          • bashwaziri

            No, it explains how dumb you are that with every intelligent you claim to have. I will keep ruling your dumbass. No matter what you do. Politics is all about number and how to play it. Which you dundees cannot play. Just continue sitting there and blaming others for your problems. Bunch of ethnocentric myopic morons

  • hauwee

    Well said

  • Daniel

    Shehu Garba should ask Bubari why not one Igbo man is in the security meeting whenever it is held.

    So should they plan to wipe out an ethnic group, as we can see, not one Igbo is present?

    Ostriches!

    • The Source

      That is because Buhari has a plan to exterminate the Igbo with a surprise onslaught. The element of surprise is crucial for the success of the operation.Operation kashe dan inyamiri. Remember that his daughter even released an anti-Igbo genocidal song.

    • loye

      In case you haven’t noticed, no Ijaw, Edo, itsekiri, Kataf, langtang, Berom, Tarik, Tiv, idoma, Jukun, and so many others especially middle belters who constitute the bulk of the Amy is in the meeting

    • abodes_124

      the only Igbo amogst the aides Buhari appointed as his prerogative is his photographer Aghaeze

      • Julius

        wow , really ? Why don’t you employ them, the Igbos in the biafraud government ?

        • abodes_124

          YOU MOIC internet ‘warriors’ have all similar technqiues – deflect, obfuscate, curse, malign, personalise or change subject completely. You are one of the better ones becauuse you at least keep to the rules of grammar and syntax most of the time. I am a bit curious are you people direct MOIC employees or are you under Onochie’s social media team?

  • WeeFree ✓

    Come to think of it madam Oby Ezekulikuli, have you ever condemned IPOB’s evil rhetoric anytime before? Fly is biting man you no talk, man come dey bite fly you come get mouth.

  • musa aliero

    Mr Garba shehu we all know how brutal the Nigerian security agencies can be. I fail to believe that ipob member even tho they are Igbo, will be the first to start attacking well armed soldiers. What were the soldiers doing there in the first place? This is a cheap excuse. Buhari is abusing his powers. Acting like a dictator

    • Adesuwa

      True

    • aisha ani

      Buhari’s job is to protect the citizens of Nigeria, so he is only doing his job.

      • Julius

        Thank you !

    • pheliciti

      We’ll…check the videos shared by ipob itself, you’d see the attack on soldiers

  • TRUSTIN BRIGHT

    Hope she listens.

  • Wisgreat Matthew Letam

    No matter how educated these Igbos are, they can’t still see the realities on ground. You can’t fight for freedom using these methods. Read articles about freedom fighters that achieved their aims, you will find none did what Nnamdi Kanu and his urchins are presently doing. This is an act of terrorism and must be dealt with squarely.

  • David Puff

    Mr Shehu, I do not know what your end game is by this scathing, vitriol statement against
    Mrs Oby. But I do know this ;
    1. Oby stood tall, in juggling our memories constantly not to forget nor abandon the Chibok girls., whose ethnic stock are Hausa.
    2. Oby is a “Stand up” Lady anytime, any day as far as moral ethos are concerned.
    As for the other talks about Biafra, python dance 2, etc… that I would rather not comment on…

    • John Abayomi

      Here we go again, hello all Sheu is asking for is a condemnation of the activities of the mob, leave story sir, if she is a stand-up lady as you claim, she should have taken to tweeter in less than 24hours as she normally does when the government is on a back foot

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Dr Oby Ezekwezili, indirectly must come out to boldly declare her full support for Nnamdi Kanu,s Biafra Republic agitation movement and stop hiding her position in disguise.If elders in Igbo society can not stand up to caution the war-monger,Nnamdi Kanu, whose Biafra agitation is being sponsored by the wealthy Igbo business men and women, then Nigerian army would not fold their hands watching some felon and terror gangsters to continue to threaten peace and stability of Nigeria.Even,most South-East states governors and Dr Oby Ezekwezili, are staunch supporters and financiers of Nnamdi Kanu,s IPOD movement since Nnamdi Knau, expelled from UK.

    • Delta_Quagmire

      What a pile of rot gut drivel. All you ever do is troll from one media platform to another looking for cheap shots. A shameless reprobate.

    • Most diffident lot. Parasites. No country was created to remain indivisible. A country draws Sovereignty from the people not from bombs and bullets of a military formation. Quicker restoration of Biafra of Republic is what Buhari govt is giving us with the torture and killing of the Igbos now. IPOB has never harmed a fly. IPOB people are not northern almajiris that have little respect for life, and thus can confront armed soldiers. IPOB is pursuing restoration of Biafra through every local and international norms.

  • Olu-Lion

    “burn down the zoo if I am arrested”….”Any one sent to arrest me will die” …..Nnamdi Kanu. This statement alone is inciting, especially after you have severally violated your bail conditions, and I will blame Prof. Osinbajo for this, Kanu should have return to Kuje the very minute he violated the least of any of the bail conditions, but Prof thought the like of Kanu and leaders from the SE will be reasonable enough to listen. Just like the NE was thinking BH was a Federal Government and Christian problem, same way the SE is thinking Kanu is doing whats right against the FG. By the time Kanu is done with the FG, the whole of SE will not be able to contain him just like Shekau. Nuisance is good, but when Nuisance is over stretched it could be dangerous to the handlers

    • abodes_124

      MOIC /Onochie employee. we can always tell from the similarity of your posts

    • share Idea

      And what will you do to people that issued quit notice to Igbos, engage them in conference and parade them with governors and ministers while arrest orders against them is ignored…hypocrite

      • AryLoyds

        Hahaha , dont ask that question cos those guys have blue blood 🙂

  • John Abayomi

    Garba Shehu got Oby here, oya madam Oby over to you, I am sure you have lost your voice now? if it were to be the military burning and killing like the mob are doing now, you will rush to tweeter and/or run to your friends in trasparency international to issue statistics and data towards their indescretions, perhaps you are permutating to consolidate your political base for future elections, failure to condem the activities of these mobs is a stain on your integrity ma! I rest my case.

  • abodes_124

    there was no chaos until Buhari’s body was brought back from London

  • JasV

    Please ignore publicity seeking, self acclaimed international experts such as iweala and this lady. What did they do when they were made ministers by sugar daddy president? Once again forget them

    • M

      They are both a million times better than you.

    • abodes_124

      You do not know what they did? Go ask them at GAVI, World Bank etc

  • thusspokez

    The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said “a prominent influencer like Dr. Oby has a moral and patriotic duty not to give ammunition to any violent group that seems determined to pursue its separatist agitation through reckless and destructive methods.”

    This idiót Garba Shehu is not speaking for President Buhari but for himself. Can anyone imagine President Buhari addressing Dr. Oby in such words? A lady he, himself had invited to meet him?

    Further, the idiót Garba Shehu is a quasi civil servant — not an elected official — whose salary is paid with taxes from the likes of Dr. Oby herself. This is why protocol is against spokespersons and advisers of elected officials from launching personal attacks at members of the public. The problem is that Buhari’s administration is full of benighted villagers who think that running a federal government is like running a village.

    Further, it used to be the role of the civil service to educate rascal spokespersons like Garba Shehu about decorum, protocol and etiquette, sadly the Nigerian civil service has been broken for decades and made unfit for purpose.

  • Julius

    This is what I was saying about these so called elites, leaders that are coming out now when the shit is hitting the roof. Where were they when kanu was running around abusing and insulting everybody and calling for the destruction of the country ? Na now dem dey wake up and find their voices …okay oo.

  • Frank Bassey

    This is a shameful outing. It exposes PMB administration to further opprobrium. How can the appointment of two South-South indigenes be an assuaging factor to the point Ezekwesili is raising? By the way, who is calling the shots at NNPC? Let us look at the situation at NNPC:

    BUHARI’S RECENT APPOINTMENTS AT NNPC – SIGN OF AN UPRIGHT SAINT?
    1. Shaibu Musa – MD, NNPC Medical Services
    2. Ibrahim Birma – Group General Manager, Audit Division
    3. Ahmed Katagum – Group GM Shipping
    4. Kallamu Abdullahi – Group GM, Renewable Energy Division
    5. Dr Bola Afolabi – Group GM, Research & Development
    6. Adeyemi Adetunji – MD, NNPC Retail Division
    7. Usman Yusuf – Group GM, NNPC GMD Office
    8. Bala Wunti – in charge of Corporate Planning & Strategy
    9. Umar Ajiya – MD, Nigerian Products Marketing Company
    10. Muhammed Abah – MD, Warri Refining Petrochemical Company
    11. Malami Shehu – MD, Port Harcourt Refining Company
    12. Adewale Ladenegan – MD, Kaduna RefiningPetrochemical Co
    13. Diepriye Tariah – MD, Integrated Data Services
    14. Roland Wubare – GM National Petroleum Investment Services
    NOTE: Maikanti Baru – still GMD, NNPC.
    Isiaka Abdulrasaq – GMD Finance & Services
    Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari – Petroleum Minister

  • wode

    Garba Shehu, spot on. Madam Oby definitely goofed and it’s a very big disappointment on her part.