Nigeria’s first female finance and foreign Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has kept an unusual silence on the massacre that happened in Lagos yesterday. Recall that a number of unarmed #EndSARS protesters were killed by men of the Nigerian Army at Lekki Toll Gate plaza. This had generated into wide-spread reactions and condemnation from Nigerians home and abroad. In the midst of national outrage and outcry, Iweala hasn’t lent a voice. The former Minister had openly declared her support for the #EndSARS movement on 12th of October, 2020 through a tweet. She said “I applaud the resourcefulness and courage of Nigerian youth in the #EndSARS, Powerful to let your voices be heard peacefully. Let’s join hands for a positive outcome through a One Nigeria approach”. This as come off as a surprise for many. Iweala, who is vying for the position World Trade Organization Director-General has been known as one who is always vocal about societal issues, Meanwhile, the President Buhari, who also hasn’t uttered any word on the massacre, have endorsed Iweala for the position of DG.
We will do all that we can to ensure that @NOIweala emerges as the Director-General of the WTO. She deserves this. I will continue to seek support from world leaders on her behalf. Whatever phone calls need to be made, whatever letters need to be sent, I will do it. pic.twitter.com/J7AyVfnvVo
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) October 12, 2020