Chidi Samuel || The chief campaigner for the Bring back our girl’s campaign (BBOG) and former minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesile has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against the danger of alienating the entire Igbo population because of the agitation by members of the Indigenous People Biafra (IPOB), lead by Nnamdi Kanu.
Ezekwesile was responding to the current military exercise code named Operating Python Dance launched by the army in the five eastern states and the clashes that have resulted from the exercise between IPOB and soldiers involved in the exercise.
In a series of tweets, the former minister urged President Buhari to build a ‘bond with all Nigerians’ and refrain from treating all the people in the South East as ‘incendiary agitators’.
She tweeted, “Do not alienate the entire Igbo ethnic group cos of a few that govt can use appropriate mechanisms to respond to any misconduct.
“All people of north-east Nigeria are not equal to Boko Haram. All people of south-east Nigeria cannot be equal to incendiary agitators.
“The leader of a country cannot be friends only of those he/she likes. No. That is not leadership. The leader builds up groups. Not divide.
“You cannot lead only those that worship and swear by you. You are the leader. You must carry the burden even of those that detest you.
“It the lowliest form of churlishness that is unbecoming of a leader to send signals that you dislike anyone of the groups you lead.
“A real leader does not suffer from the destructive disease of ethnic prejudice. It endangers his/her people & real leaders cannot bear such.”
Ezekwesile’s tweets has, however, not gone unanswered as many Twitter users accusing her of being sympathetic to the secessionist agenda of Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB members.