Onyekachi Ugwu, (NIGERIA MOMENT).
Ugwu takes a critical look at the implications of Freedom of Speech with respect to Nigeria.
Freedom of expression, far from causing upheaval, is more properly viewed as a leavening process, facilitating necessary social and political change and keeping society from stultification and decay. This should be the primary message to BUHARI and his Facebook apologists.
Never shall we as a people accept anything less. For no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.
We are well informed that the freedom to think and we do and speak as we do on matters concerning the inactions, vacillations and often mindless selectivism of this present administration are means indispensable to the discovery and spread of political truths; that without free speech and assembly, discussions would be futile; that with them discussions affords ordinarily adequate protection against the dissemination of noxious doctrine of statecraft and lies as APC does; that the greatest menace to freedom from misgovernance is an inert people; that public discuss be it on Facebook, twitter or in assembly of men is a political duty; and that this should be a fundamental principle of our collective goal as a people.
If any be opposed to such freedom to critique the errors of misgovernance and crass unseriousness let him first excuse himself from the assembly of real lovers of our nation.
Be it known then that the “the best truth” as Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes observed “is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market”. No barrier to this competition can be permitted to obstruct the free workings of the political marketplace. No idea in and of itself can be obnoxious or dangerous to express. “We must” said ” grant freedom to the thought we hate”.
A democracy assumes that people can discover the truth by themselves. There is therefore needlesseness for anyone to assume to protect society and it’s government by censoring ideas, opinions, and views even if they are nonsensical.
Let my vulgarity become another mans lyric….. yes. It may sound nonsensical to your wise ears but to another wiser man elsewhere it is a lyric he recites daily.
Government apologists are at best enemies of the people. Defending government should be issues based and not sentimental. No one hates the government for we are government together.