In a recent statement, Oby Ezekwesili, a former Education Minister, expressed her concerns about the state of Nigeria’s democracy, highlighting the National Assembly as a significant challenge to its stability.
Ezekwesili’s comments were prompted by the controversial proposal to acquire 360 Toyota SUVs for lawmakers. She took to a social media platform to criticize this decision, predicting that the Nigerian public’s dissatisfaction with the behavior of senators and members of the House of Representatives might lead to their removal from office.
In her message, Ezekwesili stated, “The reports about the purchase of 360 Toyota SUVs for lawmakers have indeed proven accurate. I have read the deeply concerning statement from the House of Representatives regarding their insensitive acquisition of these vehicles. It is disheartening that public funds are being spent on luxury cars while a majority of citizens struggle to afford basic necessities like food, transportation, education, and healthcare due to the current cost of living crisis.”
Ezekwesili went on to emphasize that this decision reflects the continued pattern of irresponsible behavior among lawmakers. She pointed out that their failure to recognize the insensitivity of this move, especially during a time of severe economic hardship for the nation’s citizens, underscores the threat they pose to Nigeria’s democracy.
Concluding her statement, Ezekwesili cautioned that a day may soon come when fed-up Nigerian citizens, rather than the military, will unite to demand the removal of these elected officials from their positions due to their perceived irresponsibility and insensitivity. She expressed her belief that this change may occur in the near future.