What decent people when a matter becomes the subject of criminal proceedings is to go quiet, maintain a low profile, avoid media outings, and collate evidence to present before a judge to prove innocent of the charges they are answering before the court.
But, what do we get from the supporters of Mr. Yunusa Dahira, also known as Yellow, do? They try as much as they can to plant stories in the media to sway public opinion in support of the 25-year-old man who is standing trial before a Federal High Court in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State for abducting and raping a 13-year-old schoolgirl, Ese Oruru.
Any responsible adult who knows the details of Yunusa’s case before the court, would cringe at any attempt to legitimize the relationship between between him and Ese Rita Oruru, the girl who was abducted from her home in Bayelsa by Yellow in October 2015, taken Kano where she was forced to convert to Islam and become a bride-in-waiting to him. While in captivity in Kano, Ese told The Sun Newspaper, she was fed bread and rice and lived in a hut among people whose language (Hausa) she did not understand and whose religion was alien to her.
But, the supporters of Yunusa are far from decent, they are actually the extreme opposite of responsible hence they continue to cook up stories and planting them in the media with the hope of decriminalizing a sexual relationship between a 24-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl who is now 5-months pregnant with his child.
Yunusa, by his own admission, claims paternity of the baby growing in the body of a 14-year-old. His father, who spoke with Vanguard, said that Yunusa presented Ese as his intended bride but he opposed the union of his son to Ese because there was already a preferred bribe in Kano. It was the senior Dahira who revealed to the Nigerian press that Yunusa is twenty-five.
Prior to his press interview, Yellow’s fans in the media tried to project him as a 18-year-old boy to give the impression that what transpired between him and Ese was a Romeo and Juliet affair.
The latest most ridiculous PR stunt by Yunusa’s camp is a dubious love letter, purportedly written by Ese Oruru to him in which she was pleading with him to return her love. The letter shows the psychology of a child who was being manipulated by a grown man into believing she was in love. It also shows that Yunusa had convinced Ese that she should abscond from her home and follow him to his place in Kano and that he was also pressuring her to change her religion from Christianity to Islam and she was resisting his antics.
These are the facts: Before the law, a 13-year-old child – male or female – cannot take a unilateral decision to leave her legal guardians or parents and follow an adult to any place. Under the Nigerian law, a 13-year-old child cannot give consent to a man for a sexual act. So anytime someone has sex with a child, it is rape and it is a CRIME! Because Yunusa’s camp insist on decriminalising him with the use of media, instead of negotiating a guilty plea and reduced sentence, they thought it was a good idea to release this letter – whether authentic or fabricated – it doesn’t serve Yunusa any good.
There is only one word to describe what you are going to read below… TRAVESTY!
The undated ‘love letter’ released by Yunusa’s camp to The Sun, which says it is unable to locate the Oruru family who are now living in protective custody.
Dear, Inusa how are you? I hope you are fine and all is well with you? Please don’t be annoyed by these words but I think it is best for the both of us. Please please please don’t be annoyed I beg of you Inusa, maybe everyone just have to say the truth.
I want to start by saying thank you for everything if accepted, thank you yanzu, I would say I now know what is going on which you never wanted to tell me but I will say that is not fair.
When I started selling here, I met Abubakar who once told me that he had fellings for me but I can never send because I did not have fellings for him, so I turned him down. Then again I met Genedu and I also turned him down.
Now, it is Dantata which everybody knows that he loves me dearly but I find a lot of faults in him and don’t love him back. He has done his best to stay down and beg about one year now, if I am right, I will never lie to you Inusa. Dantata has been begging me to love him back but as soon as I wanted to fall for him you came back into my life. I still know that Dantata is still waiting for me only if I will accept him.
Inusa I now know that you also love me and I have decided to love you back. I love you Inusa but sometimes I do think Dantata is still seeking. My name as know by myself is RITA and my main problem is that if I love you (Inusa) and you also love me what will become of us. You once told me you like me more than anyone else, but now I have seen how far you have gone in this case because it is very serious to me.
You asked me to help you in just three ways in which you said:
Follow me to my village – Kano State
Leave your religion for mine – Christian & Muslim
It is only you I love and no other person
I have already accepted the first quest then while decide to tell me that you cannot take me along with you the same day it is very unfair. Inusa why, just tell me why you decide to be unfair.
Well Inusa there were many other Hausa boys who asked for friendship but did not get it. I had so many people who I have lived with do you know what it means to live the people you had lived with for 13 good years of life.
Think on me Inusa please
I beg of you Inusa please
Think on me
My heart bit immediately or anytime I see you if you know how much I love you you will not think about hurting my fellings
I still stand by you Inusa, yeallo yellow my best colour but one question who made you think.
I write this because I am sick and tired of this baldadash I hear everyday.
You should know this Genedu, Abubakar, Saidu are humans for crying out loud. Inusa to conclude this, taught you can solve this problem by just one thing.
Your address and your phone number, maybe if we have to go one by one we shall do just that.
No matter what happens I still love you Inusa
No matter what the case may be I still love you Inusa
From yours dearly Rita a.k.a Ese