Still on the case of Abubakar Idris Usman ,By Mohammed Haruna



Mohd Haruna new pix 600My petition last week to the Director General of the National Youths Corps Service (NYSC) over the harsh punishment of Abubakar Idris Usman for his article in The Nation last November elicited fifty eight texts and several emails. Only six of the texts and none of the emails defended the action of the NYSC authorities. In the light of the somewhat surprising – to me at least – controversy the case has stirred, I have decided to devote today’s column to the texts. The constraint of space could not, of course, allow me to publish all but I’ve included all six that were critical of my petition.

So far there has been no response from the NYSC authorities on the petition.

Sir,

When has it become a crime for   someone to say the truth? The young man only shared his problem and that of   his fellow corps members. For Christ’s sake, why is he being punished? This   is wickedness in its highest order.

John  +2347037737577

 

 

Sir,

Abubakar Idris Usman is a young   Nigerian with courage. I salute him for this. I don’t see any need for this   scheme, when graduates are subjected to live in camps not even fit for animals.   Government should do an independent investigation on this matter. I can   assure you that Abubakar will be vindicated.

Omale Omale  +2348022220978

 

Sir,

I cherished your article on the   travails of the corps member. Of course, he is not right to write such but   the most important thing was that it was not malicious and I think they   should forgive him now.

Com. Apalowo Thalis, Ogbagi Akoko,   Ondo state.  +2347066403102

 

Sir,

Well done for your open letter   addressed to the NYSC DG. It’s however my view that your son Abubakar lacks   respect for the authorities and might have been emboldened to do what he did   because of you, a father or “oga at the top” that’s ever  prepared to use his position to protect his   child, even for ill. Given the fact that you write for The Nation which Abubakar patronised indeed gives you out as an   accomplice in this matter. It was therefore wrong of you to have dissuaded   him from retracting the article.

If Abubakar didn’t learn some decency   and respect while in school please let him learn it now. After all the condition   at the university he attended was not perfect and yet I am not sure he ever   wrote about it. Rather than therefore positioning him for appointment at The Nation after his service year, I am   sure there’s a more decent way of doing so than encouraging him to disrespect   his bosses.

Daniel  +2347038533474

 

Sir,

Yours of 8/5/2013 was very disturbing.   Kindly do me a favour – if you will spare time to do it! – by letting me know   how the issue of Abubakar Idris Usman will be treated by NYSC.

Abdullahi Dodo Maijama’a.   2348033143372

 

Sir,

Thank you very much for telling   Nigerians the plight of corper Abubakar. His case has once again brought to   the fore one of the many injustices plaguing this nation. I believe he should   not be made to suffer unjustly for speaking the truth. It is those women without   conscience who should search their minds and right the wrongs they have done   the gentleman.

Ojo A Ayodele Emure Ekiti +2347033168889

 

Sir,

It is a pity that the NYSC is good   and quick at punishing corps members.    There are tens of corps members who redeployed to Ondo state   officially and have not gotten any monthly allowance for the past ten months.   They will pass out next month. They have been suffering in silence. I have a   sister among them. I’ve tried to use my influence to help her but without success.   Our prayer is that God should court-martial those wicked NYSC officials one   day.

Adebisi P.A. Akure.  +2348034703653

 

Sir,

It is important to observe the   BYE-LAWS of any organization you find yourself in. If you are new to that   organization like Usman was to NYSC, study the rules that guide it. Usman has   committed an offence punishable by NYSC Bye-Laws. A corps member is not   permitted to make a publication in a national media or talk to the press   without the permission of NYSC D.G. They have laid down channel of   communication on camp and outside camp. I don’t think Usman had good   training.

E. Z. Dia  +2348037789957

 

Sir,

Thank you for the letter to NYSC DG.   Indeed the state directors pre-warn corpers never to narrate their   experiences or ask the DG questions.

+2348022900875

 

Sir,

What exactly is this? A young man is   being punished needlessly for writing the truth! What manner of people are   these who have been placed in positions to guide the young? They are, in my   mind, the wrong crowd to do this! This young man need not beg to get his   right. Let him seek justice! What a country!

Dokun Adedeji, Ikeja Lagos. +2348033023620

 

Sir,

I honestly felt disappointed today   with your submission. One of the most informed columns in the land became a   platform for personal agitation. Bad for a nation literarily at war within.   And you have access to the agency! Please for a long time reader of People   and Politics like me, the dregs of the earth and the locusts in the palace,   deserves focus.

Please not about your daughter next   week!

Tunde Esan  +2348033109878

 

Sir,

Can someone help me tell this old   generation to allow us grow. We the young generation can’t rule, can’t talk,   and we are not even allowed to complain on ills they daily pour on us.

God save us.

ChiChi From PH +2348091140815

 
Sir,

Your article on the youth corps   member brought tears to my eyes. Why should anyone be victimized for writing   an article? But then, what is The   Nation doing about it since the paper published the article? This is   really sad

+2348023255224

 

Sir,

That report on the travail of corps   member Usman is fair and convincing. I am sure your ward did not put his case   clearly. He breached the channels of communication. None the less he should   write the DG, NYSC for a review and pardon. The NYSC family is not stone hearted

Dr. Abhuere, former director, Corps   Welfare NYSC HQ Abuja  +2348037017956

 

Sir,

In an ideal country the issues raised   by Abubakar would have been addressed by NYSC authority instead of going for   the young man’s jugular. This is similar to the President’s visit to the   Police College. Indeed there was a country.

Elvis Ebanehita. 2348057201481

 

Sir,

Idris is not foolish.  It is our system (that is the problem).   Please encourage him. His time will surely come.

WOLE ENIAYEWUN  LAGOS2348185768334

 

Sir,

This God-fatherism role you seem to   play for your son Abubakar has not helped in our youths disciplinary effort.   It’s good you blamed him for doing what he did but you must not interfere in   the job of his boss. All camps all over the world are never places of luxury   and your son is privileged to be there not as a spy that washes his house   dirty in public. Let his bosses do their jobs.

Chief Bashiomele,  Auchi Edo State.  +2348059956056

 

Sir,

You are a good father, but how many   unfortunate corpers have been punished for telling the authority the truth?   God save Nigeria

+2348023463851

 

Sir,

You see, what’s happening to this   young man exemplifies the hypocrisy that is a major part of Nigeria’s   problem. You say it as it is, and they say you’re criticising the government.   Is government infallible? Why should saying what’s wrong be construed as an   offence? It’s all part of Jonathan (PDP) legacy to Nigeria. Remember the   President’s anger when Channel’s TV did an expose on Police College, Ikeja?   Fish rots from the head, my brother.

Gab A. Uche, Umuahia, Abia State, +2348051481333

 

Sir,

My advice is that this case should be   taken to higher authority. There should not be anything like plea or appeal   as young man has done nothing wrong. Instead of intimidating him, he should   be commended.

Elder F.0gorry. +2348023529722

 

Sir,

I’m glad you drew the attention of   NYSC Director- General to this ugly incident. There are many other Abubakars   out there whose creative talents are being stultified by leaders without   vision.

BA Ikeagwu,    Owerri. 2348035664612

 

Sir,

Methinks your ‘son’ should report to   Delta. Did you as a northerner serve in the North? I think the SSS should   watch your son very closely. I don’t like his guts and obstinacy.

John, Zaria +2348028721705

 

Sir,

Thank you for highlighting this   injustice. The Senator representing the young man should take it up.

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