- Post 19 December 2005
- Last Updated on 23 April 2008
- By Michael Femi Ewetuga
The freedom to express oneâ€™s opinion is said to be an inalienable right, that is a right that that should not be taken away from anyone. In order to ensure that people are free to express themselves most civilized countries have that right entrenched in their constitution. But like all rights it is not absolute, it has its limit and that limit is not left to the whims and caprices of any individual.
It is a thing of joy that we can express our views even though we do not agree with each other and we ought not to agree with each other all the time.
Those who believe in one Nigeria are entitled to that belief, those who advocate for itâ€™s break up have freedom of expression except that under the law that would be illegal. It is just like advising Nigerians to go steal from the people who steal public funds, that would be a good thing in some peopleâ€™s opinion since all they would be doing is getting back what rightly belong to them but the law says that is not an excuse and the people who perpetuate this would be charged with theft and you can be sure would be convicted since it is legal to take the law into your hands.
If someone in exercising his freedom of speech expresses an opinion, some expressing their own freedom have every right to disagree with the opinion of that person and that would be legal.
Okonkwo has the right to express his opinion to have a separate nation out of
Taslim has the right to opine that Obasanjoâ€™s government is the best thing to happen to
Abati is a fine writer that more often than not raises some nice points that are germane to the Nigerian question. I respect him as an individual and have been reading his columns in the papers and listening to him on patitos gang but that doesnâ€™t mean that I agree with all his points. Some I do agree with.
Even the legal big wigs in
There are always two sides to a coin. Thereâ€™s a Yoruba adage that says we can not all sleep and have our heads in the same direction. That would be sad indeed.
The fact that we do not agree with each other does not mean we should abuse each other or believe that we are better than the next person. People have reasons for their opinions and even though some might think that their reasons are stupid or childish they still have the right to their opinion.
I believe in one
I however belief it is wrong for Mr. Anibaba, some of whose opinion I respect to state thus in his contribution to Mr. Balogunâ€™s article:
â€œ Those Who Matter In
No one has monopoly of wisdom. To me these words are what is making our leaders unpopular.
It is sad that those who spent years in school graduated and could not secure a job in
I know a friend of mine that I graduated with from OAU, we also went to the law school together. He is in
Like I told Mr. Taslim in one of his earlier articles, it is wrong to cast a sweeping aspersion on a class. Everyone, whether we agree with their views or not who are Nigerians and even those who are not Nigerians are stakeholders as far as that country is concerned, and no one opinion is superior to the other but that of the majority. Majority can be wrong too sometimes.
Some of the people who are opposed to Obasanjo today do so on principled ground. When he was in prison people like Wole Shoyinka, Gani Fawehinmi, Femi Falana and others were at the fore front of his release. This are people I LOVE
When an opinion is expressed here, letâ€™s have the grace of letting people comment and letâ€™s have the maturity of ignoring those who resort to insult rather than reason to attack our views. Once you start talking like them they have succeeded in bringing you to their level of immaturity.