There were initial reports yesterday that Dr. Oby Ezekwesili was the only high profile Nigerian in South Africa attending the World Economic Forum on Africa where hundreds of Nigerians have been slaughtered in the wave of afrocentric protest spreading across the country.
It is however now clear that Ezekwesili is not the only high figure Nigerian that ignored the global outcry of opinion leaders and the call by the Federal Government for a boycott of the ongoing conference.
The photos of Governors Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi all taken yesterday in South Africa have flooded the internet.
Exectedly, Nigerians are outraged that the governors, who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are presently in South Africa, despite the federal government’s withdrawal of its participation in the World Economic Forum on Africa in the country.
Ironically, a Presidential aide, Bashir Ahmad, had chided Ezekwesili for attending the event, and said that, “…we all thought you would sympathize with them and boycott the WEF.”
But Nigerians have turned back to question the objectivity of the criticism by President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide when close associates and Nigerian Governors were also on ground South Africa for the same event.
It is left for Nigerians to see what action the president will take against those that violated his directive.7