Dadiyata’s Ordeal: A Threat To Social Media Influencers, By Adnan Mukhtar Tudunwada
AREWA AGENDA – Abubakar Idris, who is popularly called Dadiyata, will be one year this August, since his abduction by unknown gunmen at his residence in Kaduna.
Dadiyata, father of two and lecturer with Federal University, Dutsinma, in Katsina State, is a social media influencer and strong critic of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in both Kaduna, Kano States and at national level.
The social media has given a lot of people the avenue to express their freedom of speech, as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Dadiyata is a beneficiary of this section.
Though he has hurt some people with his posts, but he does not deserve such an inhumane treatment in a serious country.
Dadiyata’s whereabout, at the moment is still unknown, hence putting his family and friends in agony, misery and indescribable trauma.
Dadiyata’s ordeal is a threat to social media influencers in this country. The effort of the leader of the Kwankwasiyya political movement, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to the ordeal of this young man is not enough. His silence, and that of the Presidency and Kaduna State Government, over the issue, is enough testimony that our lives are at risk. Especially, we that are in the habit of criticizing government policies.
If that Dadiyata was abducted to silence our voices against the injustice(s), and tyrnannical treatment of the masses, then it is not enough, we won’t be silenced. It is better to be remembered as someone that has raised his voice against injustice of government, than a mere hunt dog of politicians.
Both the Nigerian Police, and Department of State Services (DSS) have for months not issue a press briefing on the effort they are making in seeing the release of the young man.
Despite all the pressures on social media, there is nothing positive about the whereabout of Dadiyata, to the extent that the voices about Dadiyata’s whereabout are tired in their passionate calls.
The nagging questions we must seek answers to are: who abducted this young man?
Are we are all secured?
My heart is touched. I am devastated that Dadiyata is yet to be found, and the silence of the security agencies by not putting more effort to rescue the young man, has injected massive fear on my mind.
Is Dadiyata alive? How is his wife and parents feeling? The most touching part is that of his two daughters. The first daughter, Haneefa could have being tired of asking about her lovely father?
If someone will get missing through abduction, and the perpetrators of such an evil act will not be fish out this long, then something is wrong with our security agencies.
It revealed their weaknesses and exposed their unprofessionalism.
Dadiyata’s travail should serve a lesson to many influencers that have taken politics a do or die affair in the course of defending the interest of a politician who will not come to their (influencers) aid when in distress.
A son of a Governor and an aide to that Governor, of recent, came out boldly to express their anger against Dadiyata, for him being a critic of his father and to the aide’s boss. Where is the humanity in these fools?
When last did the Kwankwasiyya issued a press briefing about Dadiyata? I have heard that the movement is doing well in taking care of his family, but the leader of the movement should have seek for an audience with the President about the issue. It is a serious one that the attention of the President should be called.
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Elrufai should address the family of the young man on the effort he is making. The incident happened in Kaduna. Therefore, his silence will continue to create suspicion of his government hand in the young man’s ordeal, since he is one of El-Rufai’s staunch ciritc on Twitter.
Social media influencers should be more careful on what they do, how they write and should not risk their life for politicians that cannot stand for them in the face of their ordeal.
This is a threat, but it should not silence you in the face of defending the interest of Nigerians under section 39 of the Nigerian Constitution.
To be silent in the face of injustice and tyranny is tyranny and injustice in itself.
For the sake of humanity, the government should brief us about Dadiyata and the effort it is making to rescue or better still, find him.
For his wife, parents and little children, I pray that God Almighty will see you through.
Like other befuddling life events, the Dadiyata’s story shall also pass!
Adnan Mukhtar Tudunwada is a Multimedia Journalist and Manager of PRNigeria Centre For Strategic Communication in Kano.
Arewa Agenda is a Publication of young writers from Northern Nigeria towards Peaceful Coexistence and National Development through positive narratives.