Thoughts Lead To Appreciation
I have just called and lodged a protest with the State Security Service ~SSS Headquarters, Abuja over a section of the advice offered to Nigerians on election day.
Marilyn Ogar, the Deputy Director in charge of Public Relations, Department Of State Services ~DSS, on Wednesday, cautioned voters to be wary of a variety of listed behaviours including:
Voters are advised to be wary of persons in loose or bulky midriff clothing which are inappropriate for the weather.
That remark in itself is a security disaster for the liberty of citizens of this nation.
Moreover, it violates the human rights of Nigerians.
Many Nigerians do wear loose clothing that may be termed bulky.
Agbada and babariga for men readily come to mind.
Of course, there is the Hijab which cannot be but loose and thick.
In my telephone conversation to SSS, I expressed concerns that Marilyn’s statement:
Will cause problems for Nigerians, some of whom might be going about their normal duties. They will be seen as suspicious.
Shia and recently Boko Haram are labels of death warrant for the murder of perceived opposition supporters.
Now, I have to worry about SSS-endorsed suspicion.
Despite that, I am determined to go out on Saturday March 28, 2015 to feel the atmosphere.
Of course, as I shall not vote, I shall keep away from polling units, as mandated by law.
That reminds me:
I do not even know the location of the polling centre in my neighbourhood!