Convener of ‘urMumuDonDo Movement, Mr. Charles Oputa, a.k.a Charly Boy, on Friday said street protests by Nigerians over national issues cannot change political leaders at all levels. Charly Boy made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. He said that successive Nigerian political leaders had remained insensitive to the plight of ordinary Nigerians over the years and were not moved by such protests to hold them accountable.
Charly Boy, also known as ‘Area fada’, lamented that, for almost six decades of Nigeria’s independence, its citizens were yet to experience “freedom from bad leadership.” He said he was, therefore, boycotting street protests over national issues, and urged advocates of good governance and patriotic Nigerians to resort to engaging the leaders through other non-violence avenues.
The 68-year-old activist, self-acclaimed “President of frustrated Nigerians’, recounted how he spent most parts of his years fighting for the rights of ordinary Nigerians. He said that in some cases, he went to the streets to champion the fights for the rights of those he never knew. “I have spent over 40 years of my life leading protest for a better society, and I can tell you that street protest will not change our leaders.