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Dadiyata: the deafening silence of men of good conscience

Dadiyata: the deafening silence of men of good conscience

By EBUBE UMEH

A Lutheran preacher from Germany, Martin Niemöller while speaking against the numerous atrocities of Adolf Hitler, made the following statements:
First they came for the Communists
And I did not speak out
Because and I’m not a Communist
Then they came for the Socialists
I did not speak out
Because I’m not a Socialist
Then they came for the Trade Unionists
I did not speak out
Because I’m not a Trade Unionist
Then they came for the Jews
I did not speak out
Because I’m not a Jew
Then they came for me
And there is none left
To speak for me

Where is Dadiyata? I am tempted to use the word ‘was’ to refer to him, but I will not. Has a young dad whose daughter has not seen for a year now fellen prey to the diabolic manipulation of the dark group his probing voice seek to eliminate? Dadiyata is a husband whose touch his wife has not felt for a year now because he lives in a society where speaking truth to power is a mortal sin. Dadiyata is a son whose parents have not heard from since one year, because some thin gods perceived criticism as “dangerous lies that have consequences,” even when our temple of justice have not so prescribed.

Amnesty International have declared Dadiyata “a victim of enforced disappearance.” Then I ask, why the silence? Has Hades swallowed up the voices of just men? Why this deafening silence? Therefore, I am constrained to write this article to pierce the consciences of good men. I picked up my pen to write this piece when I remembered the words of the preacher from South Africa, Desmod Tutu, which said:” if you are neutral in situations of injustice you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” The time to start asking far-reaching questions is now. We must demand that Federal Government provide Dadiyata dead or alive and punish those whose hands are in it, that’s the only way government can extricate itself from this act of kidnapping. It is a self-evident truth that the primary responsibility of every government is to protect the lives of its citizens. So the moral burden is on the government to unleash the security apparatus of the state to unearth the mystery of the disappearance of this journalist.

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Where is Dadiyata? This is the question that should be on everybody’s lips, and should be matched by a sense of urgency. We may not know the blogger’s whereabout but we know that he was critical of the APC led Federal government, Kaduna State Government and Kano State Government. We may not know who kidnapped this citizen whose stock in trade is to hold government accountable, but we know that on the 23rd of December,2019(four months of Dadiyata’s disappearance), the son of the Kaduna state governor, Bello El-Rufai tweeted the following statements: “the same clowns who encouraged him when he was creating false stories and capitalizing on lies that could endanger lives solely for political ends are the same individuals tweeting #whereisDadiyata. Dangerous lies in public places have consequences.”

Where is Dadiyata? This is the question we must not get tired of asking. How long shall we continue to keep asking? The answer is as long as it takes. What we must not do is keep mute. In the end, Dadiyata will not remember the uncharitable words of his enemies, he will not remember the torture of his oppressors, but will remember the silence of his friends.

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