Whenever an African leader or politician talk about Democracy, I smile. This is simply because, they are either saying it to appeal to the ears of those on the other side or painting a picture of it before their gullible supporters to nurture their permanent selfish interest. Most of them become autocratic leaders when vested with political powers. Even when they are no more in position of authority, their actions towards the ordinary citizen remain questionable.
On Saturday 23 May 2020, a twitter influencer, Babatunde Olusola who is also student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) was arrested by the Special Anti-robbery Squad(SARS) in Oyo State after he was alleged to have insulted the wife of and impersonated a one time President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, also known as GEJ.
Social networking platforms, especially, twitter can be a little bit technical when one does not pay careful attention to some details about it. The ex-President official twitter account is @GEJonathan with a verified sign, while Olusola's official twitter handle is @jayythedope with a profile titled , Goodluck E. Jonathan.
Recently, a twitter user,@irunnia_ asked if someone had noticed the boring state of the economy ever since President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office. In a savage response which is a known culture among twitter users, Olusola through his handle, replied by saying "My wife was always the joke". Funny, but unknown to him that he had triggered a dentention-bound reply.
A loyal aide to the former President quickly rushed to his master to report the tweet and without taking a second look at what happened, the otuoke born ex-President made a call to the IG who swiftly commenced action before ensuring the arrest of the poor orphan through his uncles tracked via a telephone conversation. Do you now wonder what crime Olusola has committed?.
Social Media world allows for what is known as Parody account, which is more pronounced on the Jack-owned app, twitter. Parody account are those accounts that are meant to imitate a serious piece of work or pwrsonality provided it does not violate the rules and regulations governing it. Obviously, Olusola indicated on his profile that the account owner is not GEJ but just to use it for promotions, adverts to support himself as an influencer.
Olusola has since been detained by the Force Crime Investigation Department in Abuja after he was charged for impersonation and contravening Cybercrime law of Prohibition, Prevention Act.2015. His bail was set at 500,000 naira with civil servant of not less than level 15 as his surety. The bail condition has however been met but the former President still ignors his release.In fact, the publisher of Sahara Reporters and convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore did mention that Sola was taken to beg GEJ personally through his Chief Security Officer but turned a deaf ear to the boy's cry.
Contradictorily, the former President was appointed by the Economic Community of West African State as a special envoy to lead a mediation mission to Mali that has been in a serious turmoil for the past few months. He is to have peace talks with waring sides of the country.
After 55 days of continued detention of Olusola, I think it will be timely for the ex-President to do the needful before things get out of hand as the state of health of this young man is in serious jeopardy. While the #FreeShola is trending on social media, we hope one day the true democrats Nigerians has always yearned for, will not only lead them but actualize a country of their dreams.
What is your take on this whole issue?
Are you surprised with GEJ's Action?
How do you think Olusola can be Released?
What do you think about Nigerian Leaders?
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