Ezekwesili Blast Okupe Over BringBackGoodluck Campaign Slogan
A former Minister of Education, and coordinator of the #BringBackOurGirls coalition, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has carpeted the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, for spearheading the #BringBackGoodluck2015 campaign slogan.
Checks on Twitter on Wednesday showed that the presidential aide had on August 19 started a similar slogan which many Nigerians deemed an offensive adaptation of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag created to seek global attention to the plight of the over 200 abducted Chibok girls.
But as President Goodluck Jonathan distanced himself from the #BringBackGoodluck2015 campaign slogan which he described as “offensive and repugnant” Ezekwesili stated that it was worrisome that the Presidency was denying knowledge or approval of the slogan.
Jonathan in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, had quoted Jonathan as saying, “President Jonathan wholly shares the widely expressed view that the signs which were put up without his knowledge or approval are a highly insensitive parody of the #Bring Back Our Girls hashtag.”
However, Ezekwesili accused Abati of deceiving Nigerians that the Presidency was not aware of the use of the slogan.
The former minister wrote on Twitter that the hashtag was “gleefully created” by Okupe to promote the 2015 re-election of his principal.
She said, “My dad taught us that sometimes we must allow foolish people assume we are foolish. But not always, lest they began to assume they are wise. The inhumanity of that hashtag was too much for one to bear and so I steadfastly ignored it.
“But this deceit by Abati cannot be ignored. The incompetent Abati is dissociating the Presidency from a hashtag that was gleefully created by the President’s spokesman, Okupe.
“Where were you (Abati) when Okupe – the President’s Public Affairs aide generated that callous hashtag and tweeted it for many days?
“Now it’s Day 149 since the Chibok girls have been abducted. Nothing tears my heart more than the reality that were the Chibok girls fathered by the lot in Abuja, we would not have to shout for their rescue.”
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