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LETTER: Why we should speak out

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Late Abubakar Audu

Late Abubakar Audu

There is a limit to freedom of speech. Character assassination of other person in a modern and participatory democracy is a serious defamatory lawsuit against the manufacturers. The uninformed individuals in both APC and PDP parties grotesquely denigrate the dead and unashamedly disrespect the living.
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SIR: Reading through a press statement purportedly written and signed by one Mr. Tunde Aina, the National President, Kogi United Forum on the death of the late Abubakar Audu gives one a great concern about the irredeemable state of minds of some Nigerians.

In their communique, they came up with unsubstantiated claims that Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu was responsible for the death of Abubakar Audu, the presumed-winner of the just concluded governorship elections in Kogi State. They spread lies without preliminary autopsy reports of the cause of late Abubakar Audu’s death. Is that not sickening? Those behind the press release should be tried for malicious allegation against Tinubu.

There is a limit to freedom of speech. Character assassination of other person in a modern and participatory democracy is a serious defamatory lawsuit against the manufacturers. The uninformed individuals in both APC and PDP parties grotesquely denigrate the dead and unashamedly disrespect the living.

President Jonathan, their political demigod, at the tail end of his troubled administration wrote his name in the positive chapter of our democratic history, but his fanatical followers, the collective children of anger seem not to have come to term or reality that their country is in a new dawn.

These people are known for fabricating premeditated rumours and lies to score political gains. In the process, they are ignorantly sentencing themselves and Nigeria back to primitive ages. We should continue to speak out against the psychology of these warped individuals amongst us; who are bent on punctuating our collective journey to prosperous nation. Change is not easy. If we fail to counter these unpatriotic citizens whenever they come up with premeditated lethal lies, then, the man in us will continue to die in the face of winnable tyranny.

• Yahaya Balogun,
Arizona, USA.


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