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Dr Ezekwesili disagrees with Buhari over Pantami, calls for national dialogue

A former Minister of education and presidential hopeful in the 2019 General Elections, Dr Oby Ezekwesili has expressed her disappointment with President Muhammadu Buhari over his decision to back embattled Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami.

Taking to her official twitter handle on Friday, Dr Ezekwesili wrote:

“I do not agree with President Muhammadu Buhari and his Minister of Communication (Pantami) that any citizen can get away with such blood curdling rhetorics the latter made through the years. Worse that one who swore an oath to public office said and did the things the Nigeria Government has waved off.

“In that singular act of siding with his Minister of Communication, President Buhari actually conveyed a message on his view of terrorism. Nigerians now know that his views align with that of his Minister.
It is now left to Nigerians to convey whether we agree with them.

“Yesterday’s action by our President (of backing the minister) was an anti-climax. He has persisted in badly managing our country’s diversity.

Ezekwesili, therefore called for credible dialogue among the nation’s citizens concerning the future of the country.

“Citizens are the only legitimate center that can midwife credible dialogue. Citizens have to step up. Nigeria cannot at this stage avoid a genuine conversation about its future. The signs are all too obvious for all to see (That) the people of Nigeria are due for a Conversation,” she said.

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