“This government should not punish those who did not deserve to be punished. Nothing should be done secretly. This is not the change Nigerians voted for. President Buhari should come out and address the allegation of illegal recruitment going on in the civil service,” – Ezekwesili.
Ezekwesili stated that the impunity Nigerians fought during the immediate past administration has resurfaced in the present administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
She frowned on the situation in which the underprivileged were being subjected to hardship before they could be employed into the civil service, pointing out that only the children of members of the National Assembly, Federal Executive Council and bigwigs in the country were gainfully employed, even without merit.
This came as a result of the NIS – Nigeria Immigration Services re-recruitment exercise that this present administration conducted following the huge challenges that the immediate past administration faced in the process of recruiting new staff.
The 2000 NIS recruiters that was randomly selected out of the millions of NIS recruiters as a result of lost of life and those seriously injured in the process recruiting. The present administration immediately they came in power in the year 2015, continue the recruiting exercise for 2000 NIS recruiters upon assumption of office. They came out in their numbers to drive home their points and grievances. The protesters, who slept at the entrance of the Villa on Friday to Saturday, have vowed to remain there, until the President Buhari or any of his Aides comes out to address them.
The bring back our Chibok-girls Advocator applauded the protesters saying “you are great Nigerians”. So, you slept here, Oh my God! Inside this cold of Abuja. Somebody holds you a better explanation, and if President Buhari says he doesn’t know that you slept here since yesterday, it means he doesn’t deserve to be there.
But the scenario seems to be politicized following the reaction of the Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, who advised Ezekwesili to form a political party to run for presidency if she felt Buhari was not doing well.
He further told newsmen in Abuja that if she -Oby Ezekwesili did so and won the election, Buhari would hand over to her.
According to the SSA on media and publicity, Garba Shehu referred to her statement as political statement. She should come out of the shadow of the grieving Chibok parents, register a political party and go into the election against the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari, he added.
“If she thinks she is a better person to be in that office let her present herself to the Nigerian people in an election. She has the right to do so under our constitution.”
According to protesters, the immediate past administration deserved to be commended for redeeming its image by employing the recruits, wondering why President Buhari, who promised ‘change’ had subjected the youth who had undergone rigorous trainings, especially in weapons handling, to such humiliation.
Earlier on, She has alleged that the Federal Government for employing those who did not have knowledge, skills and required literacy through the backdoor into civil service without minding the consequence, while promising to join the recruits until their demands were acceded to by President Buhari.
Ezekwesili stated that the impunity Nigerians fought during the immediate past administration has resurfaced in the present administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC). She however frowned on the situation in which the underprivileged were being subjected to hardship before they could be employed into the civil service, pointing out that only the children of members of the National Assembly, Federal Executive Council and bigwigs in the country were gainfully employed, even without merit.
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