Some days ago, I wrote about Jonathan Elendu’s. He is a Nigerian blogger who lives in US. He was arrested by the Nigerian State Security Service, SSS and detained for days. Recent news from his family has it that he has been released from SSS custody and is currently undergoing medical treatment.
I wish to use this post to express my gratitude as a Nigerian to all those who contributed to the pressure that led to his release from detention. May the Lord bless you all for adding your voice to cry out for justice for this blogger.
Unfortunately, Mr. Elendu is not yet totally FREE since his traveling documents are yet to be returned to him. He is currently stuck in Nigeria while his wife and child are in US where he reside. Nigerian bloggers at home and abroad have been creating awareness on this issue and have done much to attract the attention of the international community to the plight of Elendu.
I am neither a lawyer nor a judge, but I strongly belief that in all cases, the rule of law and the provisions of the constitution must be upheld. Nigeria will have a better international image (without spending a dime for image laundry) if we simply uphold INTEGRITY! We must all operate under the provision of the Nigerian constitution. Setting aside the constitution for whatever reason creates a very terrible image about us to the international community. We must not be seen as a nation that has no respect for Human Rights!
If the SSS are not willing to charge Mr. Jonathan Elendu to court for whatever offense they claim he committed, then they should return his traveling documents immediately so that he can rejoin his wife and child that are living in US. I have been troubled about the trauma the spouse and child of this blogger has been subjected to due to none adherence to the rule of law by the SSS. We are not under a military rule. So, nobody should act as if he or she is above the law.
Please join your voice to the cry for justice by dropping a comment. Remember, Evil thrives when good people keep quiet and watch!