Dabiri-Erewa had stated this on Monday in a series of tweets while reacting to a report about how Nigerian students were attacked by their Indian Colleagues.
The Chairman of the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission, (NiDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has come under the spotlight over a Twitter reply where she called a Twitter user, “Ode”, a loose Yoruba word for an idiot.
SaharaReporters had reported that Dabiri-Erewa assured Nigerian students in India of their safety, claiming that the Indian authorities had signed a written commitment to protect them.
Dabiri-Erewa had stated this on Monday in a series of tweets while reacting to a report about how Nigerian students were attacked by their Indian Colleagues during a clash at the Gurgaon University near Delhi.
She had written, “Calm has returned to the campus. A few injuries were recorded, and further investigations are ongoing. The Nigerian mission had made it clear that the Indian authorities would be held responsible if anything happened to any of the students.
“There is already a written commitment by the Indian Authorities to protect our students. Any student feeling threatened should please report to the Nigerian mission in Delhi immediately.
While commenting on her post, a Twitter user identified as @sensegiver1 said, “She should go to Indonesia and see how Nigerians are treated. Mumu (slang for foolish) woman supporting a failed government. She’s equally part of the failure. Eye service!”
Responding to this comment, the Diaspora Commission boss said, “Ode (an Idiot in Yoruba language)! You go to Indonesia, carry drugs, do cultism, and come begging to be rescued from death sentence. Thank God for NDLEA (National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency) now saving people like you from death row.”
In response to the NIDCOM CEO's remark, Ezekwesili tweeted on Tuesday, "Dear Abike, What is this?" Kai. This is a disaster. Please sweep it up. Quickly. Please.”
Dabiri-Erewa, in her response to Ezekwesili said, “I’m done on this. But out of respect for you, I will ask, ‘Clean what up?’
“It’s okay for some untrained, uncouth guy to refer to me as ‘mumu’, and I can’t call him ‘ode’. I’m not a public official that cows to bullying, please,” Dabiri added.