Having to fight for your right in Nigeria is really not an easy task and taking on about 50 fully armed policemen in the centre of Abuja is no less a daunting one.
Yesterday, former Education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili, stood (sat) her ground refusing to leave the Unity Fountain where she and a host of others have exercised their rights for several days peacefully demanding the rescue of over 230 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped on April 14 by members of the Boko Haram Islamic sect.
Ezekwesili, wearing a yellow flowing gown and a scarf, rebuffed dozens of police in riot gears who threatened to take violent action if the former World Bank Vice President refused to leave.
“I am not going anywhere! I can assure you that. I, Obiageli Ezekwesili, I am not going anywhere. I will say it again and again. I, Oby Ezekwesili, am not going anywhere. This is my democratic right. I, will not go anywhere. I, Oby Ezekwesili, will not be intimidated by the police. My rights will not be violated. I don’t care who has given you this instruction. I, Oby Ezekwesili, will not be intimidated in my own country. I am not going anywhere!” she declared.
“This is a democracy,” she continued. “Even in military rule, I protested. I am not going anywhere, gentlemen. I ain’t going anywhere. We’re not going anywhere. Anyone who wants to go, you can go. But as for Oby Ezekwesili, I ain’t going anywhere. I’m not!”
No one else did, either.
In the fight for citizens’ right and agitations to bring back Chibok missing girls, the picture of Oby Ezekwesili, sitting calmly on the grass seemingly oblivious of the chaos around her is a testimony to the superiority of an excellent, resolute mind over a pack of heavily armed overzealous policemen acting on “orders from above”.
Yesterday afternoon at Abuja Unity Fountain, a sitting Oby Ezekwesili stood taller than 50 policemen.