Oby Ezekwesili Is ‘Unpopular’, ‘Acting Dirty’ – SSS Dismisses Former Minister’s Claims...

Oby Ezekwesili Is ‘Unpopular’, ‘Acting Dirty’ – SSS Dismisses Former Minister’s Claims Of Airport Detention

By Salisu Sulaimon | Sub-Editor on July 22, 2014
Oby Ezekwesili, Tunde Bakare, Tony Rapu
Oby Ezekwesili

Spokesperson of the Department of State Security, Mrs Marilyn Ogar, believes that former minister of education, Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesili, is seeking to create news “because she is very unpopular”.

Speaking on Monday, July 21, 2014 at the National Information Centre (NIC) in Abuja, Ogar denied that the SSS detained Ezekwesili at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport. Earlier, Ezekwesili had announced on Twitter that she was detained by officers of the SSS at the airport.

However, the SSS spokesperson said Ezekwesili was only subjected to “normal security checks”.

The Cable reports further, “People should stop arrogating to themselves unnecessary importance. Ezekwesili is very unpopular. She wants to be popular, [and] that was why she said she was detained. She just wanted to create news,” Ogar said. “When I travelled to the UK, I was subjected to similar checks. I was the last person to get on the plane. Security issues should not be trivialised.”

Coordinator of NIC and director-general of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri, corroborated Ogar’s statement, saying Ezekwesili’s action as “wrong, reprehensible and dirty”.

“Even as DG of NOA, I submit myself to checks at the airport,” Omeri said. “And when someone in the process of checks tweeted that she was detained, I think it is wrong, it is reprehensible and it is dirty.”

Omeri also drew the attention of Nigerians to the ploy of some groups to mobilise women and children across the country to mark the 100th day of the abduction of the Chibok schoolgirls, warning parents not to allow their children to be used for “subversive activities”.


  1. The problem I have is where the anger is directed. I think everybody is MAD as hell.

    APC arm of Bring Back Our Girls or Bring Back Our Girls arm of APC led by Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili is directing its anger at Jonathan because they see this as an election. So, in the end they are playing election politics with the victims of terrorism and LEVICK is absolutely right when it branded them psychological terrorists.

    Whereas well meaning people are directing their anger at Boko Haram for kidnapping the girls… then directed some frustration at the military’s inability to end this crisis.

    If Oby Ezekwesili’s child was among the kidnapped girls, I bet you she would be praising Jonathan and the military to the high heavens. She wouldn’t anatagonise him or them in any way, because at the end of the day her wide mouth is not what will bring back the girls, if any, it is the same Jonathan and armed forces that are going to bring back the girls…

    Oby Ezekwesili gives Boko Haram a free pass and in a way legitimises them by her silence against terrorism in itself. While playing her dirty politics of a MAD scramble to control the oil wealth of this country.

    Where is Oby’s anger at Boko Haram and their sponsors who are in the same political bed as she is? Where?

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