by Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa
According to Frantz Fanon, every generation must discover its own mission, either to fulfill or to betray it. I have never been under any illusion that it would be a smooth and jolly ride, to attempt to be a voice against oppression and dictatorship, but it didn’t occur to me that it would take any form of some vendetta.
I’m told to accept the fact that there is a new administration in town, which does not like opposition and criticisms and that anything can be done to silence all voices of dissent, including assassinations and trumped-up charges. I was told point blank that if anybody is killed today, nothing will happen and that it is proper for me to always expect that any and all things will be deployed against me if I don’t keep quiet.
My response is that I am not fighting General Muhammadu Buhari or indeed his administration. As known to everyone, many of those working with the President today are my friends, colleagues and some are even my mentors, as it were. But my passion is always justice, transparency and good governance and I cannot because of General Buhari shy away from this. So, the struggle continues. I cannot be cowed or intimidated.
I cannot agree with the new fuel price increment, as it has turned the misfortunes of our people to total misery. Now, everything is lacking: lack of foreign exchange, lack of fuel, lack of electricity, lack of good roads, lack of food and water, lack of affordable houses, lack of transparency and indeed lack of everything that is good.
The government must subsidize the poor and indigent amongst the people. Under section 14 of the 1999 Constitution, it is stated clearly that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.
There is too much violence and bloodshed across the land presently, and although it is true that they did not all start now with the General Buhari regime, but they should not be allowed to escalate any further.
There is poverty in the land and the masses of our people are currently faced with acute hunger and famine. Most families are struggling to eke out a living for themselves and so it is totally insensitive for any government to add to the economic trauma of our people.
I therefore call on government to forthwith rescind the increase in the price of petroleum products. Nigerians deserve to feel the positive impact of government.
I thank all those who rallied around my family and law firm to secure my release and I pray that God will send help to you too in Jesus name, amen.
The struggle continues.
Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, Esq is a Nigerian human rights lawyer. He was recently targeted for arrest by the government of General Muhammadu Buhari over his outspoken criticism of the government’s human rights record.
The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author.