Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Nigeria’s former Minister of Education and global advocate of transparency and accountability in governance, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, has confirmed her appointment as the Chairman, Board of Women Political Leaders (WPL).
Ezekwesili who made the confirmation on her verified Tweeter handle, @obyezeks, succeeded former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark.
Clark, former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, served as New Zealand Prime Minister from 1999 to 2008.
The tweet read: “With joy and deep sense of responsibility I confirm today’s news of my assumption of the role of Chair, Board of @WPLeadersOrg .
“I am very delighted to succeed the inspiring @HelenClarkNZ whose leadership legacy gives me a solid head-start to build on with @SKonermann and Team.
“I am deeply delighted to succeed our inspirational friend, Helen Clark as Chairperson of our WPL Board and look forward to leading an incredible global community of women with the strategic wisdom required to increase the number, influence and impact of women in political leadership in all countries of the world for inclusive and resilient societies. – Obiageli Ezekwesili.”
WPL had earlier in its page tweeted the appointment of Ezekwesili as its new leader.
“WPL is honoured to announce the appointment of @obyezeks, Founder & President of Human Capital Africa; Founder & Chair, SPPG/FixPolitics; Senior Economic Advisor, The Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative, as Chair of the WPL Board.”
Meanwhile, a social crusader and co-founder of ‘Bring Back our Girls,’ Aisha Yesufu, has congratulated Ezekwesili on her latest appointment.
According to Yesufu, the appointment will make those who think she is jobless because of her passion and concerns for Nigeria, truly understand that she is a very busy global figure.
“I am so glad that Aunty Oby is now making public some of the things she is into. Many thought because she cared enough to stand for Nigerians that she didn’t have job!
“Kai Aunty sha don suffer for Naija people hand,” Yesufu tweeted.
Responding to Yesufu’s tweet, Ezekwesili who is a strong promoter of the candidacy of Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti-Ahmed, his running mate, commended Yesufu for all her support for the Labour Party presidential candidate.
She wrote: “@AishaYesufu! Thanks my dear. How’s the campaign going? Loving your speeches as always! Keep reaching… don’t settle! #SuperActiveCitizen.”