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In Nigeria, the rich act with impunity. They feel certain laws do not apply to them and so they do things damning the consequences. This big-man syndrome is a trait endemic among Nigerian career politicians, celebrities, and the nouveau riche.
Funke Akindele and her husband ruffled some feathers yesterday on social media for their brazen violation of the lockdown order given by the president as part of measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
Funke Akindele on Saturday hosted a birthday party for her husband Abdul Rasheed Bello (JJC) at her residence in Amen Estate, Ibeju-Lekki in Lagos with a crowd of friends and well-wishers in attendance. Notable among them are Naira Marley and Rasheed Gbadamosi, a former Lagos state governorship aspirant.
To the surprise of the generality of Nigerians, the Nigerian police yesterday arrested Funke Akindele for violating the lock by hosting the birthday party. This is surprising because "big people" are usually not arrested in Nigeria. They are more or less untouchable.
Daily Trust reported that Funke Akindele and her husband have both been arraigned before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court in Ogba and have pleaded guilty to the one-count charge filed against them by the Attorney General of Lagos State, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN). Vanguard has reported that the couple has been fined N100,000 each and a 14-day community service.
What makes the Jenifa star a hypocrite, in this case, is that she is an ambassador for NCDC yet, she could be so insensitive to the dangers the virus poses to people. We are very impressed by how swiftly the Nigerian police acted in the face of a law violation.
For a society to be truly egalitarian, the law must apply to both the high and low; powerful and weak. Her arraignment will send a strong signal to the rest of society never to break the law.
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