Former minister of education, Dr Oby Ezekwesili has given her reasons for attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa held in South Africa.
Oby Ezekwesili, who also previously served as vice-president of the World Bank’s Africa division, faced so much backlash by Nigerians on social media after she attended the WEF in South Africa amid the Xenophobia attacks and three other African governments backing out of the event.
She took to her social media platform to state how her decision was “thoroughly considered.”
“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 South African government never again looks away while our citizens are attacked, mai*med and killed.
“My life vision is to always stand for the weaker. This is a role I play within and without Nigeria.
“For me, the next three days in South Africa are programmed to achieve a set of specific action by the South African government. Our citizens’ preservation is what matters to me not the noise.
“Those of you who take delight in making ‘politics’ of our citizens’ Llves 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 and important for me to be drawn into your latest ‘playground.’ Never.”