Charles Oputa, a.k.a “Charlyboy”, has opted for new tactics to effect political change in Nigeria, dumping his famous ‘OurMumuDonDo’ protest.
In an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, the political activist cum entertainer said street protest by Nigerians over national issues cannot change political leaders at all levels.
Charlyboy also known as ‘Areafada’, lamented that for almost six decades of Nigeria’s independence, its citizens are 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-violent avenues.
The 68-years-old activist, self acclaimed “President of frustrated Nigerians’, recounted how he spent most part of his years fighting for the rights of ordinary Nigerians.
“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.
“However, on some occasions, I have been regarded as their friends, depending on the sensibility of those in power.
“I am not a professional protester, so now I have decided to use other means to hold leaders accountable,’’ he said.
The former president of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN) said that he decided to use music as a tool to inspire ordinary Nigerians, especially youths toward holding leaders accountable.
He explained that he was leading an advocacy and enlightenment campaign ‘Na We Be Government” and decided to go back to music, his age-long passion to call citizens to participate in nation building.
“It is time they are reminded that power truly belongs to them and there is a social contract between them and elected political leaders.
“Citizens will do their part and political leaders should also fulfil their obligations as promised in their manifesto, and as required by the constitution,” he said.
In the mid-nineties Charlyboy fought for the rights of military pensioners during the Abacha-led military administration by marching to the Ministry of Defence Headquarters in Abuja to demand payment of their pension arrears.
He had also spearheaded campaigns for Nigerian widows, and was founder of the “Save Nigeria from Nigeria’’ campaign, and he was arrested alongside other activists for civil disobedience during the fuel subsidy protest in 2012