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July 18, 2018

‘Charly Boy’ leads campaign against bad governance

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…Inaugurates “Our Mumu Don Do” campaign

Maverick musician and show-biz impresario, Charly Boy Oputa stormed Owerri Friday, July 21 with hundreds of youths to protest bad governance in Imo State.

Charley Boy mobilized thousands of students from the various tertiary institutions in the state for the street protest which kicked off at Imo State University gate and terminated at Okigwe Road Roundabout.

The activist is of the view that “the people should not fear the government; rather, the government should fear the people.”

He enjoined Nigerians to stand up and be counted in the fight against oppression and intimidation. He re-echoed late Prof. Chike Obi’s saying: “Down with the exploiters of the people, oppressors of the weak; the days of those who enrich themselves at the expense of the masses are numbered; the common man in Nigeria can no longer be treated with levity and contempt after the booty of office has been shared by the politicians,” stressing that “our Mumu Don Do”.

He assured the youths of his support and cautioned against complacency and docility on their side. The inscriptions on some of the placards of the protesters included: “Politics is not evil; politicians made it so”; “the era of suffering and smiling must end;” “pension is a right, not a privilege;” “evil thrives because of our silence, “we say no to familiocracy”. Others read, “Our mumu don do”, “We stand united by our hunger and frustration while they are united by corruption and stealing”.

Prof. F.C. Dike (SAN), former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Imo State presented a paper to the youths. According to him, today in Nigeria, we are witnessing exploitation of citizens to an extent that will make Bantusan policy in apartheid South Africa blush. How do you explain that in a country so heavily endowed, citizens scramble in some places for maggi cubes hurled in political rallies to entice them for their votes. Prof. Dike observed that billions of our commonwealth are stashed in derelict homes, water tanks and in cabinets while graduates roam about the streets unemployed after years of graduation; workers and pensioners die of starvation and deprivation. He quoted George Orwell, “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims but accomplices”. He laments that Nigeria is made up of two groups – the exploited and the exploiters.

In his contribution, a renowned politician, Chief Ejike Uche aligned himself with the views canvassed by both Charly Boy Oputa and Prof. Dike decrying exploitation of Nigerians by leaders, criminal acquisition or humongous wealth and decried the complacency and docility of the oppressed.

Meanwhile Charly Boy Oputa has inaugurated the executive committee of “our Mumu Don Do organization.”


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