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Thomas Thomas is One of Us. – By Inibehe Effiong.

14 Jul

Thomas Thomas is One of Us By Inibehe Effiong
When a state governor who falsely prides himself as an apostle of “uncommon transformation” decides to throw caution to the dogs and arrest, torture and detain an innocent journalist for his strong views against the atrocities of his government then there is a potent threat to Rule of Law, constitutionality and democracy.
No matter what your opinion is, the fact remains that Thomas Thomas was arrested on the orders of governor Godswill Akpabio, period. Thomas Thomas is not an animal, he is a human being just like Akpabio and members of his family. He has people to cater for. For days now, he has been kept incommunicado at the State Security Service office in Uyo without fair trial contrary to the provisions of Section 36 (4) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

If anyone deserves to be in jail; it is Godswill Akpabio and members of his government who are looting us dry. Those who fought for the creation of Akwa Ibom State will be crying in their graves because of the monstrosities of this government.
If Global Concord Newspaper publishes articles injurious to the reputation of anybody, the law of libel is there. Such aggrieved/injured person should seek redress in court. But to resort to this crude display and crass abuse of state power against a citizen because of his publications is totally reprehensible, dictatorial, opprobrious and completely unacceptable.
If we refuse to speak up today, we may all fall prey to the vicious and destructive attacks of this government. Nobody knows who the next target will be.
I get irritated when some monetised minds and shameless sycophants describe the incommensurate achievements of this government as dividends of democracy. This tokenism is nothing but an abuse of language. To reduce democracy to building of roads, bridges and other infrastructures constructed at highly inflated cost is to destroy the very meaning of democracy.
At the heart of democracy is the sacred fundamental right to freedom of expression which is guaranteed by Section 39 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
A government that despises and treats with utter disdain the right of her citizens to free speech does not deserve any modicum of accolade.
I will be the last person to beg the leaders of this nation to led us responsibly and respect our rights. All of us cannot condescend to being praise singers, all of us can never be on the side of the oppressors. Everybody cannot support the government, especially the kind of government we have in Akwa Ibom State. Some of us will always be on the side of justice, truth and the people. Whether Akpabio likes it or not, Thomas Thomas will be freed. This government lacks the capacity to silence us all. These are mere little tyrants.
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