My Thoughts On The Attack On Charly Boy & #ResumeOrResign Protesters.
Read somewhere that Charlie Boy was attacked by hoodlums because of #ResumeOrResign … We’re our own problems really!
After being harassed by the Police last week, thugs descended on him and destroyed his car just because he’s asking questions. I’m tired!
And I’m seeing statements like; “Why did he go to Wuse Market?”
Hello. Last time I checked, he is well within his rights to protest anywhere in the any part of the country unless of course Nigeria has stopped being our country.
As much as I believe that safety comes first in situations like this, we need to defend his rights to freedom of expression.
I agree that precaution is key but the problem is that we’re talking about safety without regard for the rights of people that were attacked.
Preaching precaution without addressing the uncivil behaviour of those who attacked Charly Boy is a result of shallow thinking. We may say that Charly Boy’s move lacks wisdom but people attacking peaceful protesters is not an issue that should be taken lightly.
I think we should focus on the major problem here which is violent attacks on peaceful protesters. Charly boy’s choice of location and motive is secondary as compared to the fact that he almost lost his life all because of a peaceful protest. Are we thinking at all?
Yoruba people will say; “E je ki a koko le eleyoro lo ki a to fi abo si ori edie.” Charly Boy didn’t need to go to Wuse to be attacked.
For those of you screaming; “Charly Boy’s going to protest in Wuse market is an act of provocation. I have another theory for you; when Oby Ezekwesili was attacked during one of BBOG protests during Jonathan’s government, was she in Otuoke? She was sitting quietly with a few citizens inside a garden in Abuja. Now, think about that!
Oby Ezekwesili did not go to Bayelsa, she did not go to Aso Rock, she did not go to Jonathan’s house. She was in a garden yet she was still attacked.
Maybe Charly Boy was foolish for going where he did but we also need to address the issue of government supporters attacking peaceful protesters & not just that alone, it is our duty to defend their civic rights!
Charly Boy may be foolish or naive (as the case may be) for not using wisdom in his choice of location for the protest but those that attacked peaceful protester are the bigger fools.
If you excuse violent attacks on peaceful protests under the guise of provocation, then, this is you admitting that your people are animals.
I remember when a preacher woman was killed & beheaded in Abuja, some people said it was provocation. No, it is not provocation, it is a case of people being barbarians. This is a clear case of people not tolerating other people’s rights. You cannot carry out criminal attacks and hide under the cloak of provocation. Let us call a spade a spade.
We all witnessed the mayhem Buhari’s supporters unleashed on innocent citizens simply because he lost the 2011 elections. Is that one provocation too? Let us learn to tackle issues head on irrespective of whose ox is gored.
People should be able to carry out their civic responsibilities in any part of the country without fear of being attacked.
Querying Charly Boy’s choice of location or motive over the stupid act of attacking peaceful protesters is indeed enough to call for your own mental evaluation.