SHORT NOTE ON DOUBLE STANDARDS OF CONVICTION OF GBAGADA 34 AND WITHDRAWAL OF CHARGES AGAINST NAIRA MARLEY AND GBADAMOSI
The newswave is hit with breaking news of conviction and sentencing of 34 Gbagada Joggers To One-Month Community Service for violating the social distancing drectives in Lagos State .
In a single day, two high-profile celebrities , Naira Marley, the musician and Babatunde Gbadamosi were let go , upon meeting conditions , which include apologising to the Governor of Lagos State!
From the persepective of class -based jurisprudence, the emerging reality is that there are two standards to the sentencing : one for the bigwigs and the other for people of low status.
It can easily be argued that the Akindeles, high-profile couple were given the hammer. Such an argument will be shying away from the dialectical changes that has happened in the last forty eight hours as to the application of the social distancing guidelines.
One has argued earlier that what has been giving the ruling class in Nigeria a saving grace on the Coronavirus crisis is the fact that it has not taken the turn of Community transmission. Thus far, the cases tested and treated thus far are members of the elite.
Coronavirus is still an “elite disease” in Nigeria. The day it becomes a disease of Community transmission is the beginning of revolt in Nigeria.
The current attempt to extend the “social distancing” to low -income neighbourhoods , where it cannot be practised such as Oshodi and Gbagada is a quick race to social revolt.
The is no attempt thus far to assemble scientists to determine what is responsible for the High recovery rate, low casaulty rate and absence of Community transmission in Nigeria. The Revolutionary, radical , left and genuine progressive movement must be prepared to give leadership to the looming social revolt.