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BREAKING: Slave Auction In Libya: Charley Boy Group Occupies Libyan Embassy

From Magnus Eze, Abuja

A coaltion of civil society organisations comprising ‘Our Mumu Don Do’ led by musician turned activist, Charles Oputa, (a.k.a Charley Boy), Concerned Nigerians and Campaign for Democracy (CD) among others, will Thursday occupy the Libyan Embassy in Abuja.
A statement issued Wednesday night by the group said “We are horrified by the reports and footage of hundreds of Africans, including Nigerians, being sold into slavery by slave dealers in Libya as published by CNN and several other international media houses.

“These videos show men, women and children being sold for as little as $400. They also show the dehumanizing conditions in which these victims are kept, beaten, starved and killed.

“It is shocking to find that slave trade, a horrible part of African history which is best confined to our collective past and best studied to avoid a repeat, is being conducted so brazenly in these modern times.

“As part of efforts to condemn these acts of inhumanity, we shall be holding peaceful sit outs in front of the Libyan Embassy in Nigeria.”

The statement signed by Oputa, Deji Adeyanju, Bako Usman of CD and others urged the public to join forces with them to promote humanity and the dignity of the African person. (The Sun)

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JUST IN: Charley Boy And Group Suspend Anti-Buhari Protest |The Republican News

The anti-Buhari protesters led by famous entertainer, Charles Oputa, a.k.a. Charly Boy has suspended its actions indefinitely.

This comes a day after members of the group were assaulted at Wuse market in Abuja.

Announcing the suspension at Unity Fountain in Abuja on Wednesday, Charly Boy said the next line of action would be made known in the days ahead.

He said even though members of the group had received death threats, they were not deterred.

“We are not deterred by the intimidation and harassment by the sponsored thugs and we cannot be cowed by a few group of people,” he said.

“What government want to do is to ensure that we have a clash with the hired crowd and we will not allow that to happen.”   (The Sun)

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Police Orders Closure Of Wuse Market For Fear Of Reprisal After Attack On Charley Boy

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), police command has ordered the closure of the Wuse market in Abuja.

This came hours after an angry mob believed to be supporters of president Muhamadu Buhari, attacked popular musician, Charles Oputa, a.k.a. Charlie Boy, when he led the Our Mumu Don Do, group who have been campaigning for the return or resignation of Buhari, to the market.

Similarly, the FCT, police have ordered massive deployment of personnel and equipment to maintain law and order in the market.

The closure Daily Sun gathered has become necessary following security reports that some unscrupulous persons were planning to cause crises in the FCT, after the clash between the two groups which many are beginning to perceive as religious and tribal.

Police say the market was closed down after a meeting between the market management and the police. It, however, did not disclose for how long the market would remain closed.

FCT, Police public relations officer, Anjuri Manzah, who made this known said the timely intervention of police personnel at the market who came to the rescue of the musician, averted a major clash between the two group.

Manzah, in an interview with Daily Sun, in the attack, said “The prompt intervention by police operatives has averted a major clash between two opposing sides at Wuse market.

He said “The police have brought the situation under control.

“To forestall further breakdown of law and order, the market management has ordered the closure of the market.

“Large contingent of policemen have been deployed to the market to provide security”. (The Sun)

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ResumeOrResign: Thugs Attack Charley Boy At Wuse Market In Abuja (Video)|RN

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Charley Boy on motorbike at ResumeOrReisgn protest in Abuja

Charles Oputa, popularly known as Charly Boy was attacked by thugs at the popular Wuse market in Abuja on Tuesday.

#ResumeOrResign: Thugs attack Charly Boy in Abuja Market

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Why We Were Protesting Against Buhari – Charley Boy |The Republican News

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Socialite and musician, Charles Oputa is popularly known as Charly Boy has been in the news for leading the ongoing anti President Muhammadu Buhari protests tagged OurMumuDonDo. He was brutalized by the police for taking the step. In this chat with Iheanacho Nwosu, he narrated his experience, reason for leading the protest and other arms of government his group is planning to demonstrate against. He also spoke on other touchy issues.

The protest led by you was disrupted by the police, and you were even manhandled, did you foresee it might turn that way before embarking on it?

Well, I didn’t know it was going to come so soon, because like they say, you can’t make omelettes without breaking eggs. So the people who are involved in this manner of struggle, they can’t expect that everything will be going smoothly all the time. We know the environment that we are in; it is an environment of deceit, lies, criminality, everybody is just doing anyhow-from the executive to the man on the streets. I used to think that the police were my friends. I am taking this a little personal, because I have done a lot of publicity work for the police, I have worked with the police in the past. But when I saw what played out on Tuesday, I was very disappointed with the police force. I called a few of them who were my friends, especially the ones at the high ranks; I asked them if this is what the force has turned to? A whole Charly boy, as old as I am, coming to support what young people are doing, standing up for their right, being able to ask questions. It is me that they are singling out as a criminal. And the worst of it was the nonsense statement that they put out, that they were targeting the miscreants.

There was nobody outside few of us who came  near Unity Fountain  on Tuesday morning . Do your investigation, you need to talk to the people who were working at Transcorp Hilton hotel. They were all on the fence and I saw them with their cameras, they must have captured everything. There was nobody who came around, it was just seven people and over 150  policemen with dogs and tear gas were there. At first when we wanted to gain entrance into the event, there was one guy who was saying that the thing had gone viral and Aljazeera carried it, Channels, AIT etc carried it. I didn’t know about any of that, but I knew that the TV people were well represented during the protest.

Before we got there, the police were already there. We had announced that we would do a sit out. We didn’t plan to walk on the road. The sit out was just to gather under a tree and talk to ourselves about what we are going to do for our dear country and how to move forward. And we decided we would  dedicate one or two hours every morning to gather there to discuss. And that was what we came to do. Unfortunately  they had their plans.

Was there a warning to you people the previous day?

There was no warning, and we told them that we will come the next day. They were there when we gave out that information. We directed that the next day, not a lot of people should come out. But the group leaders will keep meeting at the unity fountain to just talk about the way forward.

Buhari wasn’t just our main objective, there are a lot of things that are bothering us. They include the high padded salary that the senators and National Assembly members  have, that is a cause for worry. They are asking us to make sacrifices, but we don’t see them making those sacrifices. You have to start from somewhere. We decide to ask, what is wrong with our president? Most of us in the group believe that if anybody can solve the problem of our nation, it would be Buhari. But we are aware also that the wife of the president said that the president has been captured by some people who were not even part of the campaign. So we believe that this country is run by a cabal, that even Buhari himself as honourable as he is will not want to hold onto power.

The argument of the people is that the man has not contravened any laws, are you aware of such views?

We are not saying he has contravened any law. Morally,  if it is my father, I will ask him to quit, it is your health first. I laugh when some people argue that we have no reason to ask about his health status. The day Buhari decided to run as the president of Nigeria, he automatically became  a public property . And  as a public servant, he owes us an explanation, we need to know what is happening to the person we put there. It is our right. Under  the law, go to section 144 of the constitution, the same constitution says that if the president is incapacitated and for a certain period of time he  cannot make it to the office, a medical team should be put together to ascertain the health of the president whether he can go on or not.

But Nigerians have been told that he is also recovering….

Haven’t we seen this play out before? This thing happened in Yar’Adua’s time. And if you remember, in his time it was the same Buhari who said that Yar’Adua should produce his medical certificate. He carried that campaign on his head. I am not blaming Buhari for anything, we are only asking that we should be informed what is happening.

But he said so because power was not properly handed over to the then Vice President, why are you bringing up his comment in the past when the scenario is different?

Listen, it’s just like what you heard the police say last Tuesday that they moved against us because they saw some miscreants; we were there; there were no miscreants. They have this attitude of deceit, which is the game. They handed over power, so why is Osinbajo not functioning? Why is it that after swearing in ministers, they still have no portfolios? Why is it that they have to wait for the president to send a message to the people in Ozubulu before he spoke? Why is it that I’m looking at the man and I don’t think he is in control? Why? All pointing to the same cabal we are talking about. We know the game and that is why we have this catch phrase “our Mumu don do.” And our stupidity should end. Now my only involvement in this is as regards young people. Young people, rather than seeing how they can organize themselves, are agonizing about Nigeria’s predicaments without doing anything. They believe that if they pray, a miracle will happen, believing in a breakthrough, believing in whatever some pastors are preaching these days, the gospel of prosperity more than spirituality. These are all part of our problems.

Now I am telling these youths that it is time to wake up because there is no way you can build a nation without young people actively taking part, it won’t work. A nation of old people will not work. And I keep saying that this country will only be saved by its exceptional youths, and nobody can tell me otherwise. If you go to Harvard, there are Nigerians there who are young people, if you go to NASA, there are Nigerians there who are young people. If you look at the American medical history, Nigerians made them what they are today. A lot of Nigerians are excelling in different fields and that is why you have a footballer who has been training in Ajegunle, as soon as he gets a foreign contract, he starts to excel and expand. So what is wrong with our system here, we can’t go on like this.

Are you saying that you will still take your campaign to the Judiciary and National Assembly? How long do you intend to do it?

Don’t ask us how long, don’t ask us how far, and don’t ask us where we are going to, we know that a lot of things have been damaged in the system. As we do these little things, we are busy sensitizing the young people, those are the people at risk, as far as I am concerned, and as I keep telling you, Nigeria will only be seen by its exceptional youths. That is why we are looking for a way to work with INEC because the young people need to understand the power of their votes. It is not about wanting change, it is about taking part to make that change happen.

And then let me say this, I want to apologize on behalf of people of my generation because we are the one that created this rot. The generation before me and my generation are responsible for what is happening. And maybe that is why I feel obligated to guide the youths, because my generation was busy looking for greener pastures, especially around 1975 amid 1990. The best of us were running away looking for greener pastures, developing other environments, the few left were hiding under the bed, nobody is talking, have you noticed that nobody is talking anymore?

People are also asking if you are not too old for what you are doing?

What is the meaning of my life if my children cannot have a better future? What  does my life mean? It means nothing, so are you telling me that I am more important than the people that have died for this nation, and the people that have died for this cause. Am I more important than them? What does my life mean? I am doing what I believe is what God has asked me to do. I am not a religious person, but I am doing what is called second nature. My father used to say, know who you are. I thought he was disturbing me. That is why I was rebellious in my teenage years, he always said to me. “I am giving you a name that comes without blemish, make sure you protect it”

Through my father, I learnt the act of humility and living a simple life. My father didn’t have money, he was the happiest person. He did a lot for humanity. He told me, anywhere you see injustice, fight it because if you don’t, it will come back to chop your head. And the imagery of something coming back to haunt me stays with me forever. So I am doing what comes to mind naturally, I am even happy that before all these shenanigans, my first daughter and wife had travelled out of the country, I thank God they were not around. But my wife knows I have given myself to the cause, we were born to die. So even if you don’t talk and you are frustrated, you will die; if you talk, you will die. So rather than me dying like a chicken in my house as a frustrated Nigerian, I will rather die for something.

Do you subscribe to views that the last few years of this administration has not done much to lift Nigerians?

When you want to answer that talk to other Nigerians, they will answer that. It looks like every government we get is worse than the previous one. So are we developing or going back? Every government that comes is worse than the previous government. This thing cannot go on for long.

Part of our agenda is to take on EFCC, they must declare to the Nigerian people how much they have recovered. We need to do that because if we suddenly wake up and realize that those chasing the looters are suddenly the looters also, then we are in a big mess. We are going to INEC, we just came back from Makurdi, where we went to inaugurate the Mumu don do campaign. We are going to Nasarawa to inaugurate the chapter. Do you know the people who call us the most? They are the northerners, not the southerners. Do you know that this man who put out the statement on Igbos, Yerima Shettima has spoken to me, I didn’t know him before. For the last month or two, it has been hate messages upon hate messages. People can start to fight, but how the fight ends they can never know. And that is why we need to talk with wisdom. I know the only reason they gave that ultimatum was to bring down the Biafra thing, the IPOB stuff; because they were becoming too popular. If you ask me about my brother Nnamdi Kanu, there are more than one ways to get to heaven, either through religious ways or spirituality.

Where we differ, he might say Biafra or nothing, I would say, let’s see if we can patch things first. That is the only way. How Biafra came about is because there are injustices or marginalization. The biggest marginalization in Nigeria is the have and the have not, and the gap is widening. I have come to understand that the suffering of the people in Sokoto is the same with the suffering of the people in Imo State.

I don’t see us dividing into piece and pieces, but if this cannot work, then we need to sit down and talk.

There are people who feel your group is being used for political reasons. To what level is this claim true?

Which group? My group? The Mumu don do group? Well, I am not your typical Nigerian. I may live in Nigeria but Nigeria does not live in me. I am the son of Justice Oputa, the epitome of integrity in Nigeria. My father raised me well if you look at all the people that are talking, who are their fathers and mothers? When were they born? Let them not use their standards to judge me. What I am doing, everybody can see; after all, how many people came out to our rally on Monday and Tuesday? It wasn’t up to 100 because we were not sharing money, we don’t have money to share. How many people did you see on Tuesday? Seven. These seven people you see are ready to sacrifice their lives. And that is what matters.

Has the civil society met your expectations so far?

How can they meet my expectations when everyone is quiet? I don’t see people trying to gather themselves together and find out what they can do. Everybody has gone quiet, somebody has to do something; unfortunately, it is me. I can’t sit back, I believe I am going to die, at least let me die for something.   (The Sun)

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Security Operatives Clampdown, Injure Anti-Buhari Protesters |The Republican News

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Security operatives, on Tuesday, clamped down on protesters who are demanding the immediate resignation of President Muhammadu Buhari if he could resume office.
Music icon and pro-democracy activist, Charles Oputa (popularly known as Charly Boy) were among the protesters injured.

Charly Boy reportedly sustained a cut on his face following a confrontation with police officials. He said a mobile police officer hit his face with the butt of his gun. The police, however, denied the claim.

Security agents comprising military police, officials of the Department Security Service (DSS) and another paramilitary personnel numbering over 500 have taken over Unity Fountain, Abuja, venue of the protest. No civilian was allowed access to the place.        (The Sun)

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BREAKING: Resume Or Resign, Charley Boy, CSOs Tell Buhari In Protest |RN

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A coalition of Civil Society and pro democracy group, under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians, have staged a peaceful protest march, in Abuja, asking ailing Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to resume or resign his office after he has spent 92 days in London for medical treatment without a definite date for return to work.

The placard carrying protesters converged at the Unity Fountain near Transcorp Hilton with the following inscriptions; “Resume or Resign Nigerians say enough is enough”; “Buhari ! Where are you?” “We Are Tired of Being Enslaved in Our Country,” “Our Mumu Don Do”; “Buhari Called For Impeachment When Yar’adua Was Sick, Now We Are Calling For Same.”

Heavily armed mobile police accompanied the protesters as they are moving toward the gate of the Presidential Villa where they vowed to occupy until the President accede to their demands.

The protest was led by flamboyant musician, Charles Oputa aka Charly Boy and the convener Deji Adeyanju. Adeyanju noted that it regretted the failure of the leadership of the National Assembly to launch an investigation or set up a panel to look into the true status of the President Buhari’s health, adding the group believes the legislators have been compromised and are working with an infamous cabal in the executive branch against the Nigerian people.

He explained that the leadership of the National Assembly must choose between the Nigerian people and the cabal. “90 days is too long for a president to be away from his country without any explanation to the people that voted him into office.

The group insisted that if Mr. Buhari has become incapacitated, he should do the honorable thing and resign because he cannot continue to hold the country to ransom noting that a group of few people in the government have taken the advantage of the president’s ill health to loot the treasury with impunity.

“We hereby demand that the National Assembly invoke Section 144 sub Section 4 of the Nigerian Constitution and direct the setting up of a medical panel in conjunction with the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to ascertain whether the President is incapacitated,”  he stated.

The group vowed to continue with the daily sit- out irrespective of the intimidation from the police. (SaharaReporters)

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