Singer and civil rights activist, Charles Oputa, aka Charly Boy, has called on the youth to rise up and rescue Nigeria from the hands of her corrupt and inept leaders.
Charly Boy, who was recently a guest of Classic 97.3 FM on Jimi Disu’s weekly talk show, The Discourse, urged the Nigerian youth to sit up and do something about the continued domination of the affairs of this country by a class of people who are not truly committed to its well-being.
“These people have consistently looted our national treasury over the past decades. In fact, they have stolen so much that even the next generation of Nigerians are already impoverished,” he warned.
The self-styled ‘Area Fada’ and ‘President of All Frustrated Nigerians’ noted that the time had come for the youths to stand firm and fight for the salvation of the country.
Explaining why he organised a protest against the perceived enemies of Nigeria on Monday, June 12, 2017, he said, “We just wanted to take our frustration to the streets. We want to keep talking so that other Nigerians would listen to us and be forced to wake up from their own slumber.”
Also, expressing his disappointment in those who would prefer to sit on the fence than to confront the challenges facing the country, he wondered such people had always been too frightened why to fight injustice and corruption. He said, “If our leaders have been so corrupt, the masses have also been corrupted by fear. What are they afraid of? Fela Anikulapo-Kuti stood up against the corrupt leaders and condemned their actions till he died. None of those people could kill him. Gani Fawehinmi did his best to oppose them and they could not kill him. I have done my bit, too and I am still alive. So why should anyone be afraid to stand up and fight for his rights?”
Charly Boy also warned that there would be no basis to blame the leaders of the country, if the average Nigerian failed to hold them accountable for their actions.
Speaking on the current agitation for an independent state by the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra, the maverick noted that there would be no such agitation if Nigeria had a government that was truly fair and just.
“This is what our Mumu-Done-Do Movement is fighting for. We are fighting for a just leadership that has the right kind of values and principles. The lack of it is the reason why there is an agitation for Biafra. My people have been marginalised for so long by the system.
“All we ask for is the kind of leadership that considers the masses as its first priority. We may disagree on the methodology, but the principle and the idea are the same. There is something bad with the leadership of this country,” he said.
Asked if he was in favour of some Ndigbo’s resolve to pull out of Nigeria, Charly Boy said that he had never advocated such a decision. “I believe that the problems facing us in Nigeria are fundamental and they are the factors that ignited this agitation in the first place. I think we should begin to search for the solutions urgently,” he said.