In this clime, in our quest to be politically correct, we go dangerously overboard to undermine ourselves, impede ourselves and obfuscate our rights and privileges. Every one sits in aloofness; we live in absoluteness to the extent of going extreme. I have seen Nigerians trample on the rights of each other and this is not limited to just those with political interest but almost everyone with the right of expression.
Take the case of Deji Adeyanju for instance, in his quest to have a better society as defined in his article of activism, he goes dangerously overboard spewing invectives, curse words and needlessly being offensive to other’s sensitivity. One tragedy of activism is the illusion of self-righteousness. Nigerian activists are mostly sanctimonious and very intolerant to dissident’s stance points. For example, those who support President Muhammadu Buhari are considered morons, illiterates and slaves. Why is support for a cause or person an invitation for being moronic is a study in the classroom of intolerance. In the runway of the 2019 presidential elections, Deji described anyone who will vote for president Muhammadu Buhari as bastards: ‘only bastards support Buhari, only cursed people support Buhari, only people that will not end well in life support Buhari.’ And on the birthday of the president, he wrote thus; ‘President Muhammadu Buhari, God will punish you’!
The infested stick of intolerance also rubs off dangerously on the supporters of Muhammadu Buhari who are quick to label opposing voices as wailers and looters. It should be drummed into the eardrums of these intolerant folks that the right you have to support Buhari is the same right others have to not support your Buhari. The beauty of life is that of choice, any attempt to deprive anyone of the liberty of choice is a dangerous descent into chaos.
The wreck of intolerance manifested recently when Deji Adeyanju – a focal frontier of the People Democratic Party youth wing was viciously attacked by pro- Buhari group at the premises of the National Human Rights Commission when the latter went to demand for the release of Sowore – the proponent of the #RevolutionNow. So cruel was the attack that Deji crawled to safety. This is what intolerance can bring. It denies people the right to life and aspirations. As Dayo Williams opined; ‘I suppose Deji Adeyanju got police permit before he organised his protest in Abuja today. Which presupposes that the protest was a legitimate one. So why go there to disrupt and beat him up? Just because the protest is against Buhari and his government? That’s criminal and those behind it should be punished. Only barbarians and vagabonds of inconsequential existence do that. If you are unhappy with the motive of Adeyanju’s protest, organise your own; you can carry placards bearing inscriptions like ‘Buhari, keep disobeying court orders,’ among other pro-regime writing. Democracy allows legitimate protests to take place. You can’t shut the civic space just because you feel the government is being criticised.’
Barely days after the barbaric show at the Human Rights Commission, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the release of detained former Security Adviser Colonel Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore and like harmattan fire, the internet went frenzy, attributing the release of the duo to a letter that came from the United States Congress. Do you know even senior and respected journalists gleefully branded the purported letter signed by some US senators as the catalyst that led to the releases? How daft and misinforming can people be? So Nigerian senators can write to the US govt and the govt will fret and act in accordance with the dictate of their letter?
Take this; not even the US president can write and order for the release of anyone held in captive by the Nigerian government, the highest diplomatic tool to deploy is table diplomacy where emissaries take to lobbying and negotiations to effect demands. Some in their absence of understanding on how international relations work, are out dancing azonto that Buhari kowtowed to US’s threat. Threat to cut aids, to invade Nigeria or what? The worst that can happen is a strain on diplomatic relations between Nigeria and the US. Inferiority complex is a big problem especially when you arrogate undue influence to another nation over your own.
Ahemd Mamudu, a facebook commentator went hilarious when he posed thus: Nigerians are hilarious! They will write an ‘American’ letter and use ‘Nigerian’ grammar; 1. Instead of ‘New Jersey Resident’, the forger should have written ‘U.S Citizen’ 2. In the body of the letter they write repeatedly “We are told”; Who is WE and WHO told you? 3. “Congress” (whatever that means in this case) doesn’t write to foreign entities or direct foreign policy. Observe how powerless they were to request/demand information from Ukraine for the impeachment of Donald Trump? Foreign relations is the sole preserve of the executive arm of the U.S government.
So, the wailers that faked that letter should have originated it from United States Department of State, if they had any sense. But knowing that some daft Nigerians would accept/believe any nonsense, they didn’t bother (and) or don’t know any better. 4. None of the signatories, has their full designation/title, underneath their names… BTW Schumer is Senator representing NY (not stated) and Booker is Senator representing NJ (not stated). Why a ‘Joint’ letter over an NJ resident? Also, for your information, when a US citizen who holds dual nationality commits a crime in the country of his ‘other’ nationality, US govt is reluctant to get in the middle of it. I would wager this release was more to do with a return deal with Dasuki than Sowore, who simply rode the wave. Finally, forging a United States government document is a federal offense and when Secret Service comes for those idiots, you won’t have time to say ‘Major General’ before they round them up.”
Finally, beautiful rule of law we have here, it makes villains heroes and gives them heroic status. Families wiped out, people decapitated, scores bombed and roasted in flames, many raped, displaced and dreams ended no thanks to the vicious orgy of the insurgents. Soldiers killed in hundreds, their families left without breadwinners, all these because some people chose to divert funds meant to prosecute the war. When they came under the wedge of the law, we shout persecution and utter disregard for rule of law. I really wish those killed, maimed and displaced by the inactions of these villains turned heroes were given the chance to be alive by our much-touted rule of law. For the killed, it’s another statistics recorded in a land where the vulnerable are mere references.