In Nigeria, lots of people in positions of authority do not encourage questioning from anyone they considered beneath them.
It all starts from home.
Inability of superior to enter a dialogue with people under their care is one of the reasons we still have corporal punishment today in schools and home – adults get frustrated to explain just about any issue in simple terms, so questions considered intrusive will attract superior’s wrath.
Unjustified silencing of people create resentment which is often mistaken for respect in our society. People keep quiet not because they respect Oga Bully but because they resent the fact that opinions of small people don’t get fair hearing.
Last month, Governor Amosun of Ogun state sacked six educators because he was not too pleased with the type of questions they set for students.
The area that offended Gov. Amosun was where the students were giving a comprehension passage on education policy in the state. The idea was to help students think critically about public schools in Ogun and perhaps to get them to know more about those in charge of education policy.
In order words: government officials lip service vs. reality of public education.
I thought any leader would love that secondary school students are tasked to think about issues that affect them the most. The governor didn’t think it was such a great idea, he panicked at how much students are allowed to think so sacked the teachers in charge.
The same governor Amosun again a few days ago ordered to arrest a blogger because something was written about his wife being questioned in London, UK for being in possession of a large some of money, higher than permitted by the law.
The governor’s wife has since denied the rumour of money laundering.
They are probably going to grill the blogger to reveal his confidant in London – the needless scrutiny of the public is all getting really silly especially on mundane issue such as this one.
I can’t even believe a governor would stoop so low as to arrest a blogger when it is clear news will only attract many people talking about it.
Governor Amosun needs to turn it down a notch and do his job rather than hunting down anyone who says things he disagrees with or in the case of the blogger, if Mrs Amosun has cleared her name with the British police why bothered if people blogged about it? Get used to being talked about if you occupy a public office.
I do hope Emmanuel Ojo received a fair treatment and released soon.