Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Olisa Metuh, stop the theatrics

The American historian, playwright, and social activist, Howard Zinn had posited; “I am convinced that imprisonment is a way of pretending to solve the problem of crime. It does nothing for the victims of crime, but perpetuates the idea of retribution, thus maintaining the endless cycle of violence in our culture…

“It must surely be a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit that even a small number of those men and women in the hell of the prison system survive it and hold on to their humanity.”

This seems to be the matter with the detention of the spokesperson of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Olisa Metuh, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over the infamous ‘yams’ from ex-NSA, Sambo Dasuki.

Since his detention over week now, Metuh has embarked on ‘hunger strike’ for fear of being poisoned by the authorities given his insistent battering of the present regime.

While Zinn correctly diagnosed that imprisonment has failed to solve the problem of crime centuries after centuries, does Metuh possess the resilience of the petty criminal to go the whole hog and hold out without losing his humanity?

It is about time he borrows a leaf from Sambo Dasuki and all those that participated in the NSA’s bazaar and call off the ‘hunger strike’ for his own good.

In as much as fears have been expressed about the executive interference in the judiciary, Metuh should hinge his confidence that in the final analysis, his case will be brought to court, and he needs all the strength to follow proceedings which a weak human constitution cannot guarantee.


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