While Nigeria and several other African countries boycotted the World Economic Forum holding in South Africa in protest over xenophobic killings of black, two prominent Nigerians, Oby Ezekwesili and Jim Ovia attended the event.
The attendance of the former presidential candidate and bank chief executive, respectively, albeit, in their private capacities, has drawn the odium of Nigerians.
Many Nigerians who took to the social media to react to this unsavoury development, described both personalities as traitors and unpatriotic elements who prefer the glitz of the limelight to the sanctity of human lives being wasted by South African youths while their leaders turn blind eyes.
As a way of protest for the wave of xenophobic killings in the last one week, which has become a recurring decimal in South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Congo pulled out of the event and expected their citizens to respect the decision.
However, Ezekwesili and Ovia were captured right on the high table of the event expected to deliver life-giving speeches.
She attempted though woefully, to defend her action using her tweeter handle.
In her defense, Oby Ezekwesili said, ‘those who have genuine concerns about my being at @wef in South Africa, should please know that my decision to be here was thoroughly considered. I am in South Africa to ensure that the South African Government never again looks away while our citizens are attacked, maimed & killed’.
‘Those of you who take delight in making ‘Politics’ of our Citizens’ Lives can carry on with your usual trade. I stand strong on doing the things one can do to safeguard lives. Citizens’ Lives are too sacred & important for me to be drawn into your latest ‘playground’. Never’.