Opinion: Who arrested freedom in Nigeria?

by Sampson Malachy

Of many cherished values practiced in civilised climes, freedom remains agape. But not in Nigeria, the opposite is the bane.

Last week Friday, lots of Nigerians were startled about the sudden arrest of Chocolate City President – Audu Maikori after he spearheaded tweets about the killings and unrest that were – and still are- taking place in Southern Kaduna.

Audu didn’t commit any crime. He only spoke out about the unrest and what appeared to be an organised attack hatched by ungodly elements.

The arrest gave birth to #FreeAudu campaign that took the social sphere by storm and set loose a whirl of numerous posts from Nigerians that expressed their differing views about the arrest, with a good number clamoring for Audu’s immediate release.

This brought many thoughts about Nigeria being the  acclaimed giant of Africa yet wallowing in hollow of poverty, killings, hardship, despair and uncertainties.

I’ve been about the effect of this arrest. I am thinking how our democracy has been spilled with oil of dictatorship.

I am wondering how an arrest warrant can fly from Kaduna to Lagos.

I am thinking of how stuck we are as country filled with misplaced priorities.

Our economy is almost crumbling like a sky scraper built with mud. Yet that doesn’t seem to be our current bugbear.


How do you channel your penchants to people that are talking about a problem and let the people behind the problem to go loose and smile in total freedom.

For me, I think this arrest is a ploy to shift our focus from the numerous problems that Nigeria is currently facing.

Kaput, there’s a grand attempt to silence every voice of reasoning and rewrite the genocide ongoing in Southern Kaduna

I am bothered how Nigeria will advance and become a  leading natiol, but how do we intend to lead without a plan or a vision? We desire to succeed, but without the needed drive.

Does Freedom or Information and Speech still exist in Nigeria?
Is the FOI DEAD? Or is it on exile.

Digital rights allows individuals to access, use create and publish their opinions without any form of intimidation from superior power or body.

Why is the situation different in our country?

It can only be in a country, with a jungle judge perpetuating jungle orders without recourse to order or civility.

Op–ed pieces and contributions are the opinions of the writers only and do not represent the opinions of Y!/YNaija

Sampson Malachy is a Digital Journalist and a Communication  Expert.
He tweets @IamMalachy.

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