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I am a political scientist by training but at heart I am a change maker with an insatiable drive to correct the injustices that plague Nigeria.
 
 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Access and Exposure

Ref: Court strikes out EFCC case against Emeka Ugwuonye
http://www.elombah.com/index.php/latest-news/11192-breaking-news-court-strikes-out-efcc-case-against-emeka-ugwuonye

Nigeria Government officials who over saw the illegal detention and prosecution of Emeka Ugwuonye: Farida Waziri and Ibrahim Lamorde

This is a story that we have been following for several months. I know this story evicts quite an array of emotions on either side of the issue. Today I write to you about access and exposure. As you can see Emeka was cleared of the charges that were presented against him. You can see this is a battle that has embroiled the life of Emeka for too many months. While it is great news, I beg a deeper inquiry today. Emeka has access and privilege. He has the ability to navigate the legal system with a keen background and experience. He also has the financial means to fight his battle.

I wonder about those individuals that do not have the access and privilege. Who is fighting on their behalf? Who is working to ensure justice for them? I do believe that it is the moral imperative of those of us with the access and privilege to advocate for those that do not. We need to ensure that we keep fighting and pointing out the injustices. It is frankly frightening to think about the number of individuals that are being held against their will and extorted at the hands of the Nigerian government.