My aspiration is to be one of the builders of a world of equality, a world where diversity is respected and value for people's lives is paramount. A world where religion and culture are not used as weapons of dispute and destruction, where leaders serve and not steal, where everyone does not pretend to love each other but does so straight from the heart.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Interview Thursday: " I think if we gave a little more consideration to the other person, life would b emuch simpler" - Uzoma Okere
-->I am privileged to have a short interview with Ms. Uzoma Okere who shared her belief in justice and abetter Nigeria. She works with Jubaili Bros Engineering, a generator company in VI. .
Ms. Uzoma Okere was assaulted by of Admiral Arogundade and his naval escorts on the 3rd of November 2008 for not moving out of the road for them to pass while they were all in traffic. The case has since being in court.
Uzoma Okere was a graduate of French from ABU Zaria. The 1st of three children and she is a lady that generally likes 2 mind her business.
Can you briefly discribe your ordeal in the hands of Admiral Arogundade's boys and what actually happened?
I am sorry I may not be unable to give you a recount of the incidence because since the case is currently in court I wouldn't want to say anything that might jeorpardize the case in court.
How do you feel about the support you got from Nigerians both online and offline?
I am overwhelmed I never believed before now that people could rally in support of me just like that.
The case is presently in court, do you believe justice will be served?
I believe that justice will be served.
Rumour has it that they attempted settling you out of court, is this true?
I am unaware of any attempts to settle out of court.
How do you think we can stop extra judicial killings and maltreatment of the citizens from the hands of the armed officers?
I believe some day it would stop. It may not be today or tomorrow but it would be soon. People are more aware of their rights and people are more resolved to the right things so some day we would get there.
Can you tell us more about your support network since the incident?
I can't really speak about a "support networK" But I know now and again, the issue comes up in the media and this or that advocay group speaks on it.
How has this incident changed your life and your perception of things?
I look at Nigerian in new light. I realize that Nigerians can stand and would stand up for others in distress. I have also resolved to look out for others because I got to where I did with this case because others looked out for me.
What will Uzoma likes to change in the world?
I am not a revolutionary. But I think if we gave a little more consideration to the other person, life would be much simpler.