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    ‘My name was used without consultation’ — Agbakoba distances self from new political movement

‘My name was used without consultation’ — Agbakoba distances self from new political movement

Olisa Agbakoba, a senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN), says he is not part of a new political movement known as the National Consultative Front. The formation of the movement was announced in a communique on Wednesday. Agbakoba was listed alongside Ghali Na’abba, a former speaker of the house of representatives; Femi Falana, human rights lawyer; Obadiah Mailafia, ex-deputy governor of the Central [...]

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    Oby Ezekwesili loses mother

Oby Ezekwesili loses mother

Cecilia Nwayiaka Ujubuonu, mother of Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, has died. In a statement issued on Monday, Ozioma Ubabukoh, spokesman of Ezekwesili, said the 78-year-old woman died of cancer in the late hours of Sunday at her daughter's residence in Abuja. “A native of Ndodolu village, Umunuko, Ukpor, in Nnewi south local government area, Anambra state, she was widowed [...]

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    Oby Ezekwesili appointed to IBFD board of trustees

Oby Ezekwesili appointed to IBFD board of trustees

International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation (IBFD), a non-governmental organisation that specialises in cross-border taxation, has appointed Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili to its board of trustees. The NGO announced the appointment in a statement on Wednesday. "IBFD is honoured to announce the appointment of Dr Oby Ezekwesili to the board of trustees, effective from April 1, 2020," it said. "As a member of the board of trustees, Dr [...]

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    ‘No one asked US for compensation over 2009 flu’ — Chinese embassy hits back at Ezekwesili

‘No one asked US for compensation over 2009 flu’ — Chinese embassy hits back at Ezekwesili

The Chinese embassy in Nigeria has berated those demanding compensation from the Asian country over the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus was first recorded in Wuhan, China, and the country has been accused of mismanaging the outbreak. The embassy, in an article published in The Guardian, took a jab at Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, who said the country must "pay [...]

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    Aisha Yesufu, Bukky Shonibare — Nigerian women creating change through advocacy

Aisha Yesufu, Bukky Shonibare — Nigerian women creating change through advocacy

Nigeria can arguably be said to be a patriarchal society where men hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and other areas. But some Nigerian women in the civic space are pushing the limits, finding expressions, influencing political and social structures around them without fear. From Aisha Yesufu who has been leading the campaign [...]

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    Ezekwesili demands apology from Ramaphosa over xenophobic attacks

Ezekwesili demands apology from Ramaphosa over xenophobic attacks

Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, and leaders of the Nigerian community in Cape Town, South Africa, have asked Cyril Ramaphosa, president of the country, to apologise to Nigerians and other countries whose citizens were victims in the recent xenophobic attacks. In a communique issued after a meeting held to proffer solutions to the recurring incident, the concerned Nigerians asked the government [...]

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    ‘Why single out Oby?’ — how Twitter users reacted to Fayemi, el-Rufai’s trips to SA

‘Why single out Oby?’ — how Twitter users reacted to Fayemi, el-Rufai’s trips to SA

The recent trip of Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, and Kayode Fayemi, his Ekiti state counterpart, to South Africa is causing storm on Twitter. Both governors attended the "Africa in the World Festival of Ideas", a programme which held in Stellensbosch, South Africa. Pictures of the governors with Muhammadu Sanusi, emir of Kano, had generated reactions on social media. Many Twitter users mistook [...]

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    ‘You are completely out of touch’ — Ezekwesili hits Buhari over directive to CBN

‘You are completely out of touch’ — Ezekwesili hits Buhari over directive to CBN

Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a "completely out-of-touch leader" over his directive to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange for food importation. In a statement issued on Tuesday by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, the president said he had asked the CBN to stop issuing foreign exchange for food importation [...]

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    ‘What is Oby?’ — Garba Shehu’s snide remarks against Ezekwesili spark outrage

‘What is Oby?’ — Garba Shehu’s snide remarks against Ezekwesili spark outrage

Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, is facing backlash over a comment he made about Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, on Sunday. One Christopher Okagbare had made a post on Twitter asking for Shehu's reaction to comments made by Ezekwesili against the president. "Dear @GarShehu, Oby (Ezekwesili) has lately attacked the President at so [...]

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    ICYMI: Buhari has no control over armed forces, says Ezekwesili

ICYMI: Buhari has no control over armed forces, says Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education, says President Muhammadu Buhari is not taking charge of the country’s armed forces. She said this in an interview with journalists at the 11th Wole Soyinka Centre Media lecture series, in Lagos, on Saturday. The event was organised to celebrate the 85th birthday of Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate. The former minister said Buhari feels more comfortable in [...]

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    Return campaign funds or face legal action, ACPN threatens Ezekwesili

Return campaign funds or face legal action, ACPN threatens Ezekwesili

The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has demanded that Oby Ezekwesili, former presidential candidate of the party, return all funds generated during her campaign. On Wednesday, Ezekwesili had accounted for "every penny" spent on her campaign. The former minister said the campaign raised N48,957,416.00, $17,645.00, and £200, from October 1, 2018 to February 2, 2019, before she withdrew from the presidential race. But [...]

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    The stranded squirrels in Ezekwesili’s party

The stranded squirrels in Ezekwesili’s party

I didn’t notice the squirrel until later. The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) actually has a squirrel as its logo, but I didn’t make out the silhouette until the leadership of the party showed its furry hand last week. The founders of the party may have been thinking of an easily recongisable symbol when they chose the squirrel, but the [...]

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    We can’t afford to pollute what we stand for, says Sowore on coalition

We can’t afford to pollute what we stand for, says Sowore on coalition

Omoyele Sowore, presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), says his party cannot afford to pollute its ideology by joining a coalition. Sowore said this on Tuesday during a morning show on Arise Television. The presidential candidate said his colleagues from other parties have not reached out to him on the issue of coalition. On Thursday, Fela Durotoye, presidential candidate of the [...]

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    If only Oby Ezekwesili had taken Sowore’s ‘weed’

If only Oby Ezekwesili had taken Sowore’s ‘weed’

What was Oby Ezekwesili’s agenda? What was her interest? And what was her endgame? A few weeks to the general election, Ezekwesili woke up marketing the illusion that she was “Esther”; the destined liberator of Nigerians. She claimed she was running for president under the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN). Before her political interest, she founded the “Red-Card Movement”, the so-called [...]

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    INEC rejects Ezekwesili’s withdrawal from presidential race

INEC rejects Ezekwesili’s withdrawal from presidential race

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says it is too late for any candidate to withdraw from contesting any position in the upcoming elections. INEC said this while reacting to the withdrawal of Oby Ezekwesili as presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) Ezekwesili announced her withdrawal on Thursday, saying she wanted to give room for a coalition against candidates of [...]

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    ‘She only wanted to be finance minister’ – Oby’s party kicks, endorses Buhari

‘She only wanted to be finance minister’ – Oby’s party kicks, endorses Buhari

The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) says it will support President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election bid. The development is coming hours after Oby Ezekwesili, presidential candidate of the party, withdrew from the race. On Thursday, Ozioma Ubabukoh, spokesperson of the Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organisation, said the former education minister will now devote her time in building a coalition that would the defeat [...]

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