Apparently not humored by all the recent drama in the Nigerian Senate, former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili has mocked Nigerian youths for condoning, what she termed, the Senator’s ‘comedies.’
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, March 29, Ezekwesili said she was disappointed at the performance of the National Assembly so far in the last two years of the APC-led administration.
The former World Bank executive condemned the Senate and House of Representatives for being too concerned about their own interests rather than helping Nigerians. Ezekwesili also wondered why Nigerians felt “entertained” by happenings in the Senate.
Ezekwesili was apparently reacting to the recent issue of alleged certificate forgery scandal against Senator Dino Melaye and reports of a bullet-proof Range Rover seized from senate president Bukola Saraki by the Nigeria Customs Service.
Senator Dino Melaye was recently accused of not holding a first degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as claimed.
After several twists to the scandal resulting in an investigation by the Senate and a N5bn suit against Sahara reporters, ABU’s Vice Chancellor told the Senate Ethics Committee that Melaye graduated from the university with a Third Class in BA Geography.
Subsequently, in celebration of his certificate affirmation, Melaye posted a comic video online and also appeared at the Senate plenary dressed in an academic gown.
Ezekwesili who is a co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls group, also queried what the lawmakers have done so far to contribute to the safe return of the 195 girls that are still missing after being abducted from Chibok by the Boko Haram insurgents. In several Twitter posts, she wrote:
“Be laughing while tragi-comedians that COST more than N100 Billion every year carry on at the @nassnigeria . Better FIGHT for your FUTURE.
“The 8th @NGRSenate & @HouseNGR have done NOTHING for CITIZENS except PAY themselves FAT ALLOWANCES, engage in SCANDALS & produce COMEDIES.
“You are a young Nigerian &cannot see the wicked hand you are being dealt? You “entertained” by @NGRSenate @HouseNGR , I kuku sorry for YOU.
“Balance there and be laughing, tweeting & swaggering while the folks in @NGRSenate @HouseNGR joke daily with your future. Na YOU sabii #End.”
She further noted that lawmakers in the US and UK showed more “concern for abducted #ChibokGirls” than their Nigerian counterparts. She said:
“By the way, how much did @NGRSenate Say it paid for that famous Range Rover it bought for Senate President @bukolasaraki? In this POVERTY?
“Lawmakers in the US and United Kingdom have shown concern for abducted #ChibokGirls but not their own who are BUSY spending ALLOWANCES.
“Lawmakers in the US and United Kingdom have shown concern for abducted #ChibokGirls but not their own who are BUSY buying 1 car for >N200M.
“Lawmakers in the US & United Kingdom have shown concern for abducted #ChibokGirls but not theirs who are BUSY CARING FOR THEIR OWN COMFORT.
“219 school children were ABDUCTED in the country of our Lawmakers for nearly 3 years. When have you heard any REAL CONCERN from NASS?
“Some US Lawmakers hold a weekly advocacy for ChibokGirls. UK Parliament has held a # of Hearings on them. NASS? They’re BUSY…SHARING MONEY
“If even five out of the remaining 195 ChibokGirls were daughters of our ANNOYINGLY ENTITLED Lawmakers, do you think they’ll be NONCHALANT?”