After she was criticised by Nigerians on social media for attending a World Economic Forum (WEF) panel in South Africa when Nigerians are being killed, Oby Ezekwesili, the convener of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, has stated why she attended the event.
Ezekwesili, who spoke on a panel at WEF held in South Africa said she was in South Africa to ensure that the country’s government does not look away again when Nigerians are being attacked in South Africa.
Reacting via her Twitter handle, Ezekwesili said: “Those who have genuine concerns about my being at @wef in South Africa, should please know that my decision to be here was thoroughly considered. I am in South Africa leveraging to ensure that @GovernmentZA never again looks away while our citizens are attacked, maimed & killed.
“My Life Vision is to always stand for the weaker. This is a role I play within & without Nigeria. For me, the next three days in South Africa are programmed to achieve a set of specific action by the @GovernmentZA. Our Citizens’ preservation is what matters to me not the noise. “Those of you who take delight in making ‘Politics’ of our Citizens’ Lives can carry on with your usual trade. I stand strong on doing the things one can do to safeguard lives. Citizens’ Lives are too sacred & important for me to be drawn into your latest ‘playground’. Never.”