The Double Standard of Nigeria’s Human Rights Community

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It’s surprising to note that ever since this APC administration of President Muhammadu Buhari came into office, the human rights community in Nigeria has gone to sleep in the face of the glaring ineptitude, dismal performance and of course, many infringement on the fundamental rights of many citizens of this country.

It’s still fresh in my mind the conspiracy of many self acclaimed rights activists, led by Pastor Tunde Bakare, Femi Falana, and even some partisan politicians like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu against the government of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan over fuel subsidy in 2012, yet this administration imposed the same fuel subsidy on the mases of this nation Nigeria and, yet no voice was raised. The very feeble and inconsequential objection raised by the Labour Union feezled out within few days.

The questions I want to ask is, why is no one from the so called human rights community resisting, or saying anything about all the arbitrariness and injustices being meted out on the people of this country by the insensitive and maximum government of the day?
Where is Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin, Femi Falana, Comrade Ayodele Alake,  Mr. Isah Aremu, Pastor Tunde Bakare and many other “messiahs” of the Nigerian mases?

It seems to me like this montuary and cemetery silence from the hitherto lousy and often radical human rights community is orchestrated and influenced by the fact that the pay masters, who have their sympathy are finally in power. Or is this as a result of fear of a clampdown, considering the antecedent of the man occupying Aso Rock?

Why is it that it is only the PDP people that are strongly criticising this government? And not the usual “human rights” advocates.

Any form of double standard is hypocrisy, and what is good for the goose should also be good for the gander. For the human rights advocates in Nigeria to suddenly go to sleep, just because a party that has some of their members, associates and sympathy is in power now is condenmable. I want the many so called human rights advocates to rise up to the occasion now, because Nigerians are suffering and our beloved Nigeria is under siege, and has never had it this bad. They should speak up now or forever keep quiet.

This kind of double standard is the very reason why I have never been a fan of activists, critics and those who call themselves anti government movements. This is because experience has proved that most of them are actually fighting for nobody but themselves. Yes, I have discovered that at the back of every of their agitation is self, personal interest and a pay master whose interest must be protected in the name of fighting for the masses and the nation.
ONCE AGAIN, WHY IS THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMUNITY IN NIGERIA SLEEPING? In the face of all the arbitrariness and injustice happening in Nigeria today.

Raph McJulius Enechi is a Prophet, Poet, Author and The Senior Pastor of THE BALANCED CHURCH, Lagos, Nigeria. He can be reached on Email : Or 07089911773.


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