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‘FixTheCountry needs new faces’- Oliver Barker-Vormawor announces he’s stepping back from movement

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#FixTheCountry and #OccupyJulorbiHouse Convenor, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, is stepping back from his role as leader of the movements after dedicating three years of his life to the cause.

 

In a X(Twitter) post on Friday, November 17, 2023, Barker-Vormawor announced his decision to step back, while detailing some of the personal sacrifices and challenges he has faced since becoming the leader of the movements.

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“For the past three years, I have given so much of my life and time to mobilize and support the efforts of FixTheCountry and now #OccupyJulorbiHouse movements. Within that period, I have had my passport seized; a travel ban placed on me; a treason trial; 5 arrests; jail time spent on three separate occasions,” he shared in his statement. 

According to Barker-Vormawor, his personal goals, including a PhD programme at Cambridge suffered completion as it had to be put on hold due to his involvement in the movements.

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“My PhD programme at Cambridge has been on hold. I was relieved of an adjunct teaching role. I don’t want to talk about cyber bullying; the surveillance of my home and communication devices. I have been separated from family; spent my life savings to support the movement financially and logistically,” he added.

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Barker-Vormawor believes he has served his country well, and is now asking for others to rise up and take lead in pushing the #FixTheCountry movement.

“I believe that I have served my country all too well. Now I think it is time for others to step unto the plate and carry the people’s movement forward. FixTheCountry needs new faces; new people and new energy. This is the time we usher in a proper transition, for the movement to renew itself. My hope immediately is that FixTheCountry will be soon organized by a new group of people unconnected to us. This has to be the beginning of a transition phase. The dream is for a new politics. Where empathy leads and social justice is routine must endure. Shalom!,” he concluded. 

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