- Celebrated entertainer, Charly boy, has ruled himself out of future protests in Nigeria
- According to him, protests cannot change Nigerian leaders because they are not moved by such
- The activists there urged advocates of good governance to resort to engaging the leaders through other non-violence avenues
Charles Oputa, a.k.a “Charlyboy”, convener of ‘OurMumuDonDo Movement’, on Friday, September 13, said street protest by Nigerians over national issues cannot change political leaders at all levels.
Charly Boy made this known in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He said that successive Nigerian political leaders had remained insensitive to the plights of ordinary Nigerians over the years and were not moved by such protests to hold them accountable.
Charlyboy also known as ‘Areafada’, lamented that for almost six decades of Nigeria’s independence, its citizens were yet to experience ‘freedom from bad leadership’.
He said he was therefore boycotting street protests over national issues, and urged advocates of good governance and patriotic Nigerians to resort to engaging the leaders through other non-violence avenues.
The 68-years-old activist, self acclaimed “President of frustrated Nigerians’, recounted how he spent most part of his years fighting for the rights of ordinary Nigerians.
He said that in some cases, he went to the streets to champion the fights for the rights of those he never knew.
“I have spent over 40 years of my life leading protest for a better society, and I can tell you that street protest will not change our leaders.
“My father always told me back then that whenever I see injustice, I should fight it because it may come to affect me someday too, and that is my motivation for fighting injustice over these years.
“On several occasions, I have been tortured by the Nigerian police and the military for standing up to authorities to ask questions.
“I am not a professional protester, so now I have decided to use other means to hold leaders accountable,’’ he said.
The former president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) said that he decided to use music as a tool to inspire ordinary Nigerians, especially youths toward holding leaders accountable.
Meanwhile, recall that Legit.ng reported that Charly Boy apologised to the former president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki over an erroneous post he made about him on Twitter.
Charly Boy had in a post on Sunday, March 11, criticised Bukola Saraki over a picture where the Senate president was seen cleaning mud from his trousers.
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