Mr Macaroni, Nigerian comedian, has put out a skit wherein he detailed his arrest over participation in the #OccupyLekkiTollGate protest and his eventual release.
TheCable Lifestyle had reported how the entertainer was arrested on February 13 at Lekki tollgate and thereafter arraigned for flouting the COVID-19 protocol on public gatherings and “breaking an order not to protest.”
He was, however, later granted bail alongside 39 others in the sum of N100,000 each, with sureties in like sum.
In the less than 15-minute video released on Sunday, the comedian hailed the heroics of those who came out for the demonstration despite the inherent dangers involved.
He reflected on how the courage of the protesters arrested alongside him helped in boosting his own morale to also participate in the movement.
Mr Macaroni also included an interview session in the video wherein he shared what the protest taught him.
Asked if he had any regret taking part in the protest, he said: “Regret? Never. I thank God that I was there because I saw with my eyes. I saw the way things are in this country.”
According to him, the protest afforded him the opportunity to have a better understanding of the prevalence of brutality among security operatives in the country.
“At least, I have an idea of how brutal these people can be. How wicked, heartless, how there is zero value for human lives, and how they are willing to treat anyone anyhow just in a bid to silence people. So, no, I didn’t regret it. I thank God that I was there,” he added.
The entertainer also vowed to lend his support to a similar movement aimed at championing a better society regardless of the attendant threats from the government in the future.
“We must never get tired of lending our voices. Never. Should we keep quiet in the face of oppression, in the face of dehumanisation, in the face of brutality? No. Because if you talk, you will die, if you don’t talk, you’ll die,” he said.
“So, why not stand up for what is right, stand up for what is just. Sometimes, you step back and watch. Sometimes, you calculate your steps, you watch your steps. But we will never get tired of talking. We’ll never get tired of demanding for better government because that is the least that we deserve.
“Who ever you are, no matter the amount of followers you have, no matter your status, so far as you are using your voice or your platform to speak about the ills in the society, that’s lending your voice and it takes a lot of courage to do that.”
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