Former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili, has come under fire from sociopolitical activist, Reno Omokri, over her criticism of the National Assembly’s decision to gift its members with SUVs worth N160 million. Omokri has challenged Ezekwesili to lead by example by making a public audit report of her presidential campaign donations.
In a post on social media, Omokri reminded Ezekwesili of corruption allegations leveled against her during her failed presidential campaign. He called on her to be transparent about the donations she received from Nigerians and to publish her audited accounts.
Ezekwesili had accused the National Assembly of being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians, following an uproar among citizens over the proposed car gift. The former minister called for more transparency in government.
Omokri, however, pointed out that the National Assembly had been straightforward about how much they spent and where the money came from, unlike Ezekwesili who was accused by her own party of corruptly misappropriating donations.
The controversy over the car gift has continued to generate public debate, with many Nigerians expressing outrage over what they see as a waste of public funds. The National Assembly has defended the gift, saying that it is necessary for the lawmakers to carry out their duties effectively.
Meanwhile, some civil society groups have called for an investigation into the matter, with the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) threatening to sue the National Assembly if it goes ahead with the purchase of the vehicles.
The controversy has once again brought to the fore the issue of corruption in Nigeria, with many citizens calling for greater accountability and transparency in government.
It remains to be seen whether Ezekwesili will respond to Omokri’s challenge and make her campaign donations public. However, the debate over the car gift is likely to continue, with Nigerians demanding that their elected officials be held accountable for their actions.