Opinion/Feature | 14 August 2013 02:54 CET

Ezekwesili Calls On Government To Arrest Fani-Kayode

By Ogala Emmanuel
Ezekwesili VS Fani-Kayode

Ezekwesili VS Fani-Kayode

Ezekwesili, Fani-Kayode clash over anti-Igbo articles.

A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, has called on the government to arrest her ex-colleague, Femi Fani-Kayode, over opinion articles targeted at the Igbo ethnic group published by the later.

“If we had a functioning nation state with credible institutions they should by today take him in to restrain events,” Mrs Ezekwesili said.

She added, “The relevant agency of the FG must take in Femi Fani-Kayode and restrain him from making further hateful speeches against the Igbos.” Read it HERE

Mr. Fani-Kayode had written a controversial opinion piece entitled “The Bitter Truth About The Igbo” in what appears a reaction to the heated debate that followed Lagos' repatriation of some destitute people believed to be of Anambra origin to Onitsha, a popular market town in the state.

In the “thoroughly candid and brutally frank” piece, Mr. Fani-Kayode touched on Nigeria's turbulent history and what he considered the place of the Igbo in it all.

The article generated mixed reactions across the country, with some Igbo intellectuals publishing several counter articles lampooning the former minister.

The former minister followed up Tuesday with another piece which now appears to have triggered another round of controversy.

Mrs. Ezekwesili, also a former vice president at the World Bank, has now called on authorities to move against Mr. Fani-Kayode over the articles which she considers hateful and divisive.

Both Mr. Fani-kayode and Mrs. Ezekwesili served under the Olusegun Obasanjo administration as ministers.
[Premium Times]

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