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Sowore’s Revolution Is Not Treasonable, Says Gani Adams

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Subair Mohammed

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has said that the revolutionary protest planned by an activist and the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (ACC), Omoyele Sowore is not treasonable.

Adams while reacting to the arrest of Sowore by police from the Department of State Services (DSS), said the arrest portends grave danger for Nigeria’s democracy as it described it as a gag of freedom of speech and expression.

He said, “The arrest of the convener of Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria was a huge abuse of human right to freedom especially for the fact that the planned revolutionary protest which was scheduled for August 5 was yet to be held before he was arrested.”

Aare Adams also faulted the rationale behind the arrest, adding that it is unfortunate that Nigerians usually forget events and memories of the past.

He stated further, “Nigeria’s problems emanated from the military’s dictatorship and the tendency to gag press freedom and prevent freedom of speech and expression.”

Further commenting on the protest, Aare Adams who said that the protest would have been successful had Sowore consulted with civil societies.

“With the information at my disposal, Sowore did not consult many civil society groups. If he had, the planned protest would have presented to Nigerians the opportunity to express their feelings toward the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. Nigerians are entitled to express their feelings, in as much as the protest is peaceful, and violent – free and it also represents the true feelings of Nigerians.

“It is not every Nigerian that can have access to the presidency. This is democracy and not a military regime where people are cowed and jailed over issues relating to their welfare.”

“Sowore is an activist. He was part of the struggle for the attainment of this democracy. Therefore, he is entitled to express his feelings and that of Nigerians in a democratic setting.”

“Therefore, the Federal Government must consider his freedom as a panacea for peace. I wonder how a peaceful protest by armless citizens would be considered a treasonable felony.

“I am afraid the government wanted to draw the nation backward to those years of the military, where people’s fundamental human rights were suppressed.

In countries with good institutions and welfare policies, the citizens still organise peaceful protest and the government will surely listen to them.

“Nigeria is a democratic republic, therefore, unlawful detention of a citizen can lead to further crisis and the Federal Government must try as much as possible to avoid this by listening to the cries of Nigerians.”

 

 

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