Opinion: These Are Instruments of Oppression. By Pius Abioje

Date: 2014-09-29

SIR: Oppressive regimes hammer on irrelevancies to divert attention from wicked policies and inhuman acts, such as cowing workers' unions and maltreatment of workers. Take the case of an academic institution that prides itself on hunting students, mostly female students, for "indecent dressing". The institution is located several kilometres away from town. Yet, the junior workers who buy motorcycles to ease transportation are prevented from using them. How can you say motorcycles constitute higher insecurity than cars that have room for hiding guns and explosives? Yes, that is one form of boko haram.

Such harams are perpetrated by dictatorial/totalitarian rulers and administrators. Nigeria is a country flowing with milk and honey. Why is there high level of mass abject poverty? It is because of Boko Haram, as expressed in self-aggrandizement and insensitivity to the rights of ordinary citizens. Many ordinary persons allow themselves to be used to oppress fellow ordinary citizens for ulterior motives. But, it is doubtful that any sinner will go unpunished. Too many inhumanities are committed in the names of totalitarian religions that are intolerant of other religions; and now intolerant of women dress freedom. Women are policed with particular reference to a particular day in the week. On that day, women are particularly harassed by some indoctrinated young men and some elderly men that lack self-respect. I have travelled to several countries in Africa and Europe. I visited America severally; I was in India. Why eccentric laws about "indecent dressing"? Go and ask dictators.

The "national conference" of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) wants only university graduates to be eligible as Nigeria's President. Isn't that another Boko Haram? Does GEJ have the age and experience of Buhari; or does university education make up automatically for age, experience, and morality? Several university administrators today perpetuate might is right, dictatorship and totalitarianism; religious bigotry, ethnic jingoism, etc, and all of those who do it are university professors.

Again, what type of education and morality are there in someone who took undue advantage of a dead President to create political turmoil and misery in Nigeria? Is it university education Nigeria needs or nationalists? As things stand today, nobody is talking about Nigeria's unity, except by paying it lip service. How can we stop heartless demolition of people's houses on excuse of road expansion in built-up areas? Europe and America don't destroy people's houses. Stop GEJ-type power mongering at the expense of Nigeria's peace and unity!

- Pius Abioje,

University of Ilorin.



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