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'I won't accept a job in Buhari's government'- Oby Ezekwesili

Former Nigeria Minister, Oby Ezekwesili says she won't take a job in Buhari's government even if she were offered one on a platter of gold.

The co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) advocacy group, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili Ezekwesili  who has been a constant pain in the neck of two Nigerian presidents in Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari over the fate of girls who were kidnapped from their school dormitory by Boko Haram during an interview with Pulse, says she is not willing to take any appointment by the present administration.

When asked if she will accept a job offer from Mr Buhari, she said:

“For what? You see, I keep trying to get Nigerians into this mental mode where they don’t see the idea that a president tells you to come and work in government as some big deal.

I am not being arrogant. We need to understand that at different stages in the lives of people, they value their time differently.

After six and a half years in government?  You know, I am not one of those who need to live off the welfare package of government. No!!! I am a professional. I finished work for six and a half years, I went and carried on with my professional work. I finished one professional work, I am on another one.

I am at a different stage in my life. If I say I don’t want to have anything to do with government, some of the people won’t understand it because for them, being called to come and be a minister, ‘ahhh, you’ll be a big man..You’ll be enjoying’.

I didn’t enjoy when I was in government. I am sorry. My goodness, my time in government was a time of suffering. You can pick up Malam Elrufai’s book for instance. He documented some of that.

So, this notion. It’s a transactional mindset. I am not cut from that cloth. You know when I see people talk about appointment, ahhhh, it is so banal. It’s so banal. It really is.”

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