…Says, it gives me lot of pains
Former Minister of Education, and convener of #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG), Oby has scoffed at critics who accuse her of attacking the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, because she was denied appointment as a Minister, saying the last time she did the job, it was all about suffering for her and her family.
She spoke against the backdrop of an allegation by former ally, Japheth Omojuwa, via an open letter to the effect her failed expectation to be appointed a Minister since helping President Muhammadu Buhari to come into office in 2015, via the BBOG, made her a virulent critic of the administration.
Many of Buhari’s supporters, had latched on to the accusation, since it was made some two weeks ago to launch personal attacks on the former Minister, who contested for presidency in 2019, trolling her for being power hungry and a sour loser.
But Ezekwesili, replying the critics in a series of posts on her verified Twitter handle on Monday, dismissed the allegation, saying that since 2007, she made a decision never to accept a ministerial appointment again because it was causing her hardship.
In fact, she contended that she found nothing fascinating in being a minister, revealing that her appointment into the position by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, where she served in both education and solid minerals ministries at various points put a strain on her family.
She wrote:“I keep asking what is it about becoming a minister that these folks find so fascinating, considering the hardship my previous service to Nigeria including as a minister, cost my family and me?
“Finally, I got it. Such an attack is by all those who see public office as a meal. After 2007, I made a decision to never again accept any ministerial appointment in this country. Facts are all around that every time I was offered to be a minister since 2007, I swiftly turned down the offer. I know it kills some of you to accept this but it is what it is.”