Obsanjo Is Not My Lover..Oby Ezekwesili

Former Vice-President of the World Bank, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, on Wednesday denied having any amorous relationship with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Ezekwesili’s denial followed the widespread circulation of a photograph showing her in a very warm embrace with Obasanjo.
In the trending photo, the former President is seen holding Ezekwesili from behind and giving her a peck on the cheek.
The controversial picture was taken on Tuesday during the public presentation of Obasanjo’s three-part autobiography entitled, ‘My Watch’.
Many online commentators expressed displeasure with Ezekwesili and Obasanjo for behaving in such a manner in public.
They accused the former minister of education, who once served in Obasanjo’s cabinet, of being indecorous as a married woman and passing a wrong message to young girls who look up to her as a role model.
A group known as ‘Hope for Nigeria’ stated that it was taken aback by the decision of the two public figures to behave themselves that way in public.
“This is Dr. Oby Ezekwesili the #BringBackOurGirls crusader with former President Obasanjo at his book launch.
“Was it that Ezekwesili forgot that she was in a public place and a married woman? She threw caution to the wind. Anyway, we saw her sticking out her finger in excitement, while the ‘Chemistry’ lasted.
“What manner of role model will this woman be to young Nigerian girls who look up to her?” the group wrote, after posting the controversial photograph on its Facebook page.
But Ezekwesili has fired back at her accusers, describing those who have reacted to the photo by calling her unprintable names as “gutter minds.”
The former minister stated that Obasanjo merely gave her a “boisterous greeting”, adding that only “impure hearts” would be suspicious of the motive behind his expression of goodwill.
She blamed declining “family values” for her critics’ line of thought, noting that those “purveyors of the filthy conversation” were merely “living for the gutter.”
“My former boss – President Obasanjo – gave me a boisterous greeting at his event yesterday (Tuesday) and the impure in heart now turn it to lurid tales.
“Restoring family values will also help take us back to a descent society. It is clear that many among us have lost our pure hearts.
“Let us leave them to their lowliness. It is out of the abundance of the filthiness or purity of heart that the mouth speaks,” Ezekwesili tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, has said only 10 states of the federation were working towards “breaking the chain” of corruption in the country.
Arguing that corruption was a major obstacle to economic and social development of the nation, Odinkalu stated that the 10 states had enacted laws capable of stemming the tide of corruption.
“Today in Nigeria, only 10 states have enacted fiscal responsibility laws. The remaining 26 states have not started working towards breaking the chain of corruption,” Odinkalu wrote on his Twitter page.
According to him, to understand how to make corruption a thing of the past, political leaders and the citizenry needed to know how the country got entangled in the menace from the outset.
“We created a country in which the church and mosque matter at the expense of country. What prayer is bigger than second stanza of national anthem?
“There was a time when there were only three public integrity institutions: the police, judiciary, civil service. Today, we’ve dozens of public institutions and the majority of them are more corrupt.
“Roads, buildings and monuments aren’t achievements in public life. To break the chain of corruption, we must count achievement in terms of growth in values,” he added.
Also, online activist, Tunji Lardner, lamented the absence of political, institutional and public will to fight corruption in the country.
In a Twitter chat titled, “Corruption in Nigeria,” held in commemoration of the world anti-corruption day, Lardner insisted that there was a direct link between the “systemic corruption” in the nation’s armed forces and the security challenges being witnessed.
The Federal Government, he stated, had spent over $6b on the armed forces with ‘nothing’ to sure for it in terms of military capabilities
“Corruption is a process that corrodes, debases and destroys personal, collective, material and moral values in a society.
“Of course stealing is the popular and pervasive front face of corruption the systemic corruption of Nigeria.
“To reduce the rate of corruption in the country, there is a need for total reform of the judicial sector, massive civic education campaign, and holding of the elite accountable for their misdeeds,” the activist said


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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