As suspected, pressure from within and outside Nigeria resulted in Jonathan Elendu's release from unconstitutional SSS/EFCC detention. Jonathan Elendu was arrested almost 2 weeks ago and according to reports was tortured and forced to starve due to fear of poisoning.
ELENDU IS FAR FROM FREE
Unfortunately, although he is now receiving medical attention, Elendu is not actually free. His passport was not returned to him and therefore he is not free to return to his family in Michigan. Although he is no longer in detention, Elendu remains detained in Nigeria by the Nigerian government because without his travel documents, he does not have the right to leave Nigeria and return tohis residence in Michigan.
This technicality - free from SSS detention, but not free to return to his home - further suggests that the Nigerian government is not interested in respecting Elendu's human rights. Many questions remain, however, why is teh government forcing Elendu to remain in the country? Some have argued that the government is using Elendu as an 'example' to those who disagree with its practices and as a warning to those who write about the Yar'Adua administration and other related issues in the country.
DO NOT FORGET
What Elendu and his family are experiencing could happen to anyone reading these words as long as you enter the territorial domain of the Nigerian government. Foreign journalists have been arrested by the SSS in recent months because the government objected with their work. Nigerian citizens have been detained for no reason and lost their lives in SSS detention. With regard to Elendu, we all see how a Nigerian blogger was detained, not allowed to contact his family or even his lawyer and was not charged wit any crime for 11 days only to be released, but not truly be free.
Considering the dearth of information about Elendu's situation from most major news outlets in Nigeria and abroad, imagine what could have happened to Elendu if bloggers and organizations like Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Bloggers, HURIWA and others did not spotlight his plight.
OCTOBER 31ST - THE RALLY IS STILL ON
Because of this harsh reality, it remains imperative to continue the online rally as originally planned for Friday, October 31st. As previously indicated, all individuals who want and/or expect the respect of human rights must join together to encourage the Nigerian government to actually "FREE JONATHAN ELENDU NOW!" by returning his passport and allowing him leave to return to his family in America.This online rally is a collective expression that we never want another person's freedom infringed upon by the Nigerian government, especially as it could be any of us next time around.
As such, please join us in using "FREE JONATHAN ELENDU NOW!" as your FaceBook status, blog/article post and even email theme tomorrow, October 31st.
UPDATE: Bloggers in Egypt are getting arrested as well.
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- The Nigerian Psyche
- Persistent Psychological Paralysis
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