The life of Nigerians has been cheapened, says Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili
Convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, says the life of an average Nigerian has been cheapened.

Ezekwesili said this on Monday night during Channels Television’s special programme on Nigeria’s 58th Independence anniversary.

“Today, the life of an average Nigerian has been cheapened to the point where when you look at people having a conversation, they are really asking, ‘how much is the Nigerian life worth?” she said.

Ezekwesili, who also served as a Minister of Education in the Olusegun Obasanjo administration, criticised the current administration for not doing enough to protect the lives of the citizens.

She also decried a situation whereby people regard the loss of human lives in media reports of violence in some parts of the country as ‘just”.

“If you say 14 people were killed, they will say ‘only.’ How can we build a society like this? There is something broken in that,” she said.

As the country continues to face security challenges, Ezekwesili called for focus intelligence gathering.

She believes that an ‘operational review’ of the nation’s security apparatus is critical to stopping attacks by terrorists, herdsmen-farmers clashes, among others.

In doing this, she wants the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces to determine how important Nigerian lives are by his commitment in fighting insecurity.
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