Buhari adamant despite wrong, “confusing” economic policies – Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili
Oby Ezekwesili

A former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has described the economic policies of the government as “confusing,” expressing regret that in spite of the confusion, the government remains “adamant.”

Ms. Ezekwesili, convener of the Bring Back Our Girls and former minister, was speaking in the current edition of The Interview magazine.

Answering a question on the call for diversification, she said, “I am not a fan of the economic policies of this government so far; I feel it’s too tentative in making even the right policy decisions and even when it tries to make the right policy decisions, it has been in the breach.

It has been very confusing.”

In a statement, the MD/Editor-In-Chief of The Interview, Azu Ishiekwene, described the interview as “a no-nonsense call to reflection. Oby is not treading on eggshells. It’s bare-knuckle stuff.”

Ezekwesili said, “It’s not that the government is timid; it’s about doing the wrong things and being adamant about them.”

She cited the government’s monetary and fiscal policies as key areas of denial of “empirical evidence” and called for structural reforms and better citizen engagement.

In the interview, conducted before the BBOG’s visit to Sambisa, Ezekwesili wept over the fate of the remaining Chibok girls, saying the episode had exposed Nigerian governments in their “worst form.”

She spoke on what she would do if President Muhammadu Buhari invited her to serve; her perception of former President Goodluck Jonathan and her relationship with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Also in this edition, the founder of the Centre for Values in Leadership, Pat Utomi, spoke, among other things, on why he is not in Buhari’s cabinet and on Nigeria’s “self-inflicted recession.”

Entrepreneur Mo Abudu, leadership capital enthusiast Linus Okorie, and pharmacist-turned-bag designer Maureen Obayewa also share their experiences.


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  • Otile

    Expect vultures like Mumuwole Awosan, and Dele Awogbeoloshi to fly in and poop her head soon.

    • okpada

      Bitterness is a sin by christian standard with bible as a guide. Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.

    • Höly Wähala

      For wia… where I dey? Who born gorilla? Lady Oby just told the truth in line with what Emir Sanusi, Cardinal Okogie, Cardinal Oniyekan, Tanko Yakassai, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, Fr. Mbaka, Sen. Shehu Sani… and my humble Höly self, how many heads did he chop-off for you to be entertaining such cowardly thought about a miscreant dirty Yoro pig? Balls pal, you need hard balls to fend-off yoro tse-tse flies instead of allowing Jakande-education urchins to put fear into your mind… abi you don hit the bottle again? Quit booze… and women!

  • emmanuel

    Madam, there has never been any policy since Buhari please. The closest has been CBN reactionary experiments. Those are not policies.
    Importation of grass is not a policy, it is crass senselessness, because IITA can produce such grasses within a few weeks

  • Alpha

    Mama ‘Due Process’ I beg tell them o!

  • CeeCee1818

    She should consider running for the highest political office, I’m impressed by her tenacity with BBOG. For starters make her finance minister, no offense but Kemi seems overwhelmed!

  • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

    Oby, may God forgive you for the inglorious ungodly acts that you played against Jonathan and your error of judgment in siding with those who scammed Nigerians with BUBU.
    This is a government suffering from acute delusional withdrawal syndromes.
    This bubus government is going down as the most fraudulent, most deceitful, most deluded, most lying, most clueless, most murderous, most clannish, most tribal /ethnic bigoted and most hypocritical government ever seen in Nigeria.
    This is the worst thing that can ever happen to any nation. Having men whose souls are perverse and depraved at the helm of affairs, men who govern with the instrument of lies, deception, falsehoods, hate and wickedness.
    May God never allow this nation to ever fall into the evil grip of liars and hypocrites again. Buhari is an evil plaque and a debilitating evil affliction upon Nigeria. May God deliver our nation from this epidemic called change.Surely we shall be free in 2019 when God shall save us from this error of judgment that destroyed our nation.

  • Say the truth

    Buhari will not listen, he has never done that. It is not in his character to do so. Inconsistency is the only that is consistent about the person of Buhari. What you don’t have you can not give. It takes a bit more than being ‘a hard man’ especially in democratic settings to cause a change. Pst Bosun warned all those gullible but they said he was talking rubbish. The man is vindicated now. Check the write up on the Nigerian army logo and others. Never say never. Buhari has an agenda one can only pray it will not be too late by the time you all wake up.

  • augustine akinyemi

    Oby Ezekwesili hides behind the BBOG platform to take a dig at the Buhari regime at every opportunity just because she was never invited into an APC government. Oby is gradually portraying herself as a dangerous scheming devil. She has suddenly forgotting that the CHIBOK crisis was inherited and not as a result of the inadequacies of this regime. So it is expected that some credit has to be given. The arrogance being exhibited here calling the government policy confusing needs to be well documented and examined by govt. It is not as if Oby was a particularly successful minister under OBj; true, she works hard and people loved her because her time at the Ministry was free of scandals unlike her World Bank partner, NOI, but she cannot boast to the world if she would do better in this regime if she replaces the Minister of Finance OR the Minister of Planning, both of whom she is castigating and directing her attack. We should be humble enough to accept sometimes that some of the problems being tackled by PMB and this regime are a carry-over problems and failures of past regimes of which Oby herself was a part of.

    • Say the truth

      You guys are completely daft. Every one that had a different opinion is your enemies. May your life be turn around the way Buhari has done to our economy say Amin.

      • Powerlessconscious

        I think you are more daft. Biafraud. Their blood is full of cursing people.

    • Senator D

      The CHIBOK girls was one of the main campaign strategies used by APC to climb to power inclusive of banishing Boko Haram in three months. Well we are yet to see that happen. Have you NOT heard your Northern Governors have claimed that the Fulani Herdsmen killing and committing genocide in Nigeria are foreigners. What the F**k! Under Buhari foreigners are invading Nigeria? Then we are under a failed state then. So Mr Retard go take a pis* and a very long walk to mental recovery because you just lost out in your inconclusive discourse!

    • Paul Irumundomon

      No one, in buhari’s government today, more qualified than her. If know anyone, please name one.

  • haba mallam

    Silly woman, form your party and run for president when you win you can implement your policies as you wish.

    • Say the truth

      Idiotic almajiri are you happy the way things are presently. Zombie you are because you can’t even think by yourself.

  • imagine_2012

    Buhari is an idi0t in power. Unfortunately more idi0ts are still coming.

    • dele20

      Sharaap, stop commenting while in beer parlour

  • Say the truth

    “US Bank Corp. Chase gave Buhari warning about the repercussions of his fixing policy before they pulled out, but his illiterate cyber warriors and misseducated e-soldiers said JPMORGAN can go to hell, they no longer believe in economic metrics since their messiah is in charge”. Word on marble.

    • emmanuel

      Thanks for reminding us. The Id**ts said they were not interested in the warnings and pull outs. Today, JPMorgan is waxing strong and Nigeria economy is dead.
      The brainless people are now tactically looking for options to Buhari the disaster. A country where a car is more expensive than a house. Meanwhile, there are no indicators that car manufacturing or assembly are gaing grounds.
      Infacts the efforts of the last administration has been killed and buried.
      In the words of Holy Wahala (the man who said he would rather die than have a Buhari not become President – Buhari has chopped off his liver now), the Yorobber guys who have academic qualification, but not educated, particularly from Jakande era onward, said they have a budding economy under Buhari in the imagination that a combination of Osinbajo, Kemi and Fashola will make Nigeria great.
      Unfortunately, they have sent Nigeria into coma. Only a slight commotion and the whole carcass is gone

    • Paul Irumundomon

      Fake messiah

  • Ijeuwa

    The rantings of an economic hit-woman. We know you well!

  • ibsoken

    Shut up! You were part of the APC propaganda that brought PMB to power.

    • Ajayi Ifayemi

      How many times are we going to tell you that criticizing this government does not mean the former government was or would have been better. This government is confused. The last government was made up of Kleptos. They put us in this situation to begin with.

  • Senator D

    Buhari keeps undermining every other arm of government including the Judiciary by refusing to confirm the Acting CJN as the substantive CJ of Nigeria. He thinks he is a MONARCH where he is the Alpha and Omega. Well, Buhari should expect surprises in 2017… He may end up losing his life if need be. Go ask Sanni Abacha!

    • Paul Irumundomon

      In his small dustbin palace, he calls himself a monarch. Education is a vital tool, for any engagement.

  • Abdullahi Abu-Abdissamad

    I am particularly happy that Oby cannot comprehend the PMB economic policies. This clearly shows that her economic knowledge is limited to the strangulating economic policies of the World Bank. Now that Nigeria is gradually moving away from the shackles of the world bank, Oby has every reason to complain. We pray that her confusion will continue to increase throughout the remaining life span of PMB administration.

    • Senator D

      Yea, even world bank does NOT understand BUHARINOMICS! Can you please tell us about these genius theories of buharinomics that no one even “un”learned “e-rats and wailing wailers” like us can’t comprehend? Certificate forger like you. See mumu dem come talk about economics here… Even a sound WASSCE holder from the South will dust the best Professor from the Core North…

    • daybour

      Are you for real? What economic policies are you talking about here? Are you telling me the economy of this country has fared any better since Buhari took over the reigns of power? My brother, even an ardent supporter of Buhari, of which I am one, knows he’s confused. Nothing seems to be working. Even you know that if only you can be sincere to yourself.

  • ‘Obiageli Ezekwesili’ go away PMB has no job position for you, the days of making yourself the issues or of any relevant is well GONE!

    Your so call smart policy got us here!

  • bashkano

    Oby, you have an inalienable right to express your views on any national discourse but for goodness sake make yourself politically coherent. You seem to be so confused on which course to take in the political equation. You can be relevant only when you are seen to pursue an ideology that generality of people will benefit.