•Says violence, bloodshed on the increase
•Vows to continue with struggle
By Senator Iroegbu
Lagos-based lawyer and human rights activist, Ebun – Olu Adegboruwa, has condemned what he described as the attempt by the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government to stifle and intimidate opposing views.
He made his views known in a statement on Saturday following his release after a brief detention at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged fraudulent property deal.
Quoting Frantz Fanon, the human rights activist said that every generation must discover its own mission, either to fulfil or to betray it, adding that he had “never been under any illusion that it would be a smooth and jolly ride, to attempt to be a voice against oppression and dictatorship, but it didn’t occur to me that it would take any form of some vendetta”.
He said he was “told to accept the fact that there is a new administration in town, which does not like opposition and criticisms and that anything can be done to silence all voices of dissent, including assassinations and trumped-up charges”.
He stated: “I was told point blank that if anybody is killed today, nothing will happen and that it is proper for me to always expect that any and all things will be deployed against me if I don’t keep quiet.
“My response is that I am not fighting General Muhammadu Buhari or indeed his administration. As known to everyone, many of those working with the President today are my friends, colleagues and some are even my mentors, as it were. But my passion is always justice, transparency and good governance and I cannot because of General Buhari shy away from this. So, the struggle continues. I cannot be cowed or intimidated.”
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