Nigeria in verzet

In enkele maanden tijd heeft de Forces afdeling in Nigeria zich uitgebreid tot een afdeling van 5000 leden. De afdeling in dit immense, olierijke land heeft kantoren opgezet in Port Harcourt (hoofdkantoor), Lagos en de hoofdstad Abuja.

Afgelopen week hielden ze een bijeenkomst waar rokers en niet-rokende supporters discussieerden over de bedreiging van de individuele vrijheid en de aanval op een levensstijl. Met name de Wereldgezondheidsorganisatie (WHO) kreeg het te verduren.

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With delight, we wish to announce the opening of a FORCES chapter in Lagos.  This is a clear manifestation of our doggedness and resolve to resist institutional repression and societal stigmatization.  Our Lagos chapter is growing in leaps and bounds in membership while our headquarters in Port Harcourt has gone beyond membership drive.

FORCES-Nigeria recently held a public forum in Port Harcourt where members and non-members were enlightened; various brands of cigarettes were freely distributed to a hilarious crowd that smoke publicly.

FORCES-Nigeria noted with dismay the hypocritical attitude of most anti-tobacco crusaders who “run with the hare and hunt with the hound.”  These elements come out to condemn tobacco smoking publicly only to retire to their secret places and indulge in the same act and, of course, cannot do without it.  We condemn in entirety characters like that.  One should embrace the odds of any consequence his habit is bound to bring.  We are born equally and are not accountable to anybody for our lifestyles.

The World Health Organization should channel its abundant resources and deploy its team of self-acclaimed experts, who churn out unrealistic statistical data of the dangers of smoking to unravel the mystery of AIDS and other endemic diseases that have continued to threaten humanity and should stop flexing muscle trying to dictate people’s lifestyle.  After all, man must have a cause for his death.


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