A bunch of apparently jobless clowns some of whom are surviving by jumping from one government office to the other on a rampage to capture as much as possible the crumbs that fall off the masters table in Abuja, have just issued a very illiterate statement that is so illogical and irrational saying that my humble self has been expelled from a so-called civil society coalition.
They said their reason for “expelling” me is because I criticized Mr. Godwin Emefiele the CBN GOVERNOR for allegedly meddling into partisan politics. The views I gave were published in PUNCH Newspaper.
At first the entire statement published in a section of the media sounded comical and unreasonably dramatic because it is inconceivable that any thinking being can conjure up this sort of baseless and meaningless publication that is groundless and is baseless and bears no resemblance to critical thinking that someone can actually come up with such a drab statement.
At first, I never wanted to honour such an illogical statement with a response because it is self-evident that the writer or writers is/are embarking on an adventure of intellectual idiocy.
How do you expel a citizen from the civil society? Assuming without conceding that the contraption that was elevated to a scale of a pseudo platform do actually exists in the imagination of the writer, a follow up question to ask is this, can you expel an entity or an individual that is not affiliated or connected in anyway to you? Can you remove what you never constituted?
We are only doing this response so that the writer (s) does/do not benefit more from this show of shame that is as unrealistic as it is impracticable. Nigerians should dismiss this as fallacious and unreasonable.
Recall that in a publication, a group identifying itself as the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the aegis of the CSOs Coordinating Center (CCC), have expelled the Convener, Adopt A Goal Initiative, Dare Ariyo-Atoye; Coordinator, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, Emmanuel Onwubiko; and the National Coordinator, Advocate for People’s Rights and Justice, Giwa Victor.
The reason for expelling them, according to the group, was their attack on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele.
The Centre’s Director, Mallam Abubakar Mohammed, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said that they were motivated “to smear Emefiele and expel them from activities of the CSOs Coordinating Center, which is an apex platform for all CSOs involved in public advocacy and ban them from attending any event that the CCC is part of for one year until they apologise for the smear attacks.
According to the statement, Mohammed said we hope they will retrace their steps.”
Mohammed further raised alarm over plans by some desperate politicians to continue to sponsor some CSOs to embark on ceaseless campaigns of calumny against their perceived opponents ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He said: “Part of the strategy is to enlist some unsuspecting sections of the media into a plot to continue to blackmail and ridicule their opponents by whipping some sentiments against them.”
Mohammed noted that one of such perceived opponents, who have been marked by desperate politicians with the aim of pulling him down in the media is Emefiele.
Mohammed said: “We, members of the CSOs Coordinating Centre, also expressed our confidence in Dr Emefiele’s leadership of the apex bank and positive achievements being recorded under his watch.”
The National Coordinator of the HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) is by this rebuttal is informing members of the public that these bunch of persons are unknown to the critical section of the organised civil rights community in Nigeria and should not be accorded any level of attention.
Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko
HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA)
APRIL 5TH 2022.