- Says cases filed against Sowore sets a dangerous precedent for the misuse and subversion of Nigeria’s justice system.
- YSF urges all Yoruba leaders not to leave the activist alone.
The Yoruba Solidarity Forum (YSF), has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release the publisher of online media, SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore.
The group further urged all Yoruba leaders not to leave the activist alone but speak up against his prolonged detention at this critical period of his travails.
Sowore, who was the Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress (ACC) in the February 23 election was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) on August 5, over a botched protest tagged #RevolutionNow, leading to arrest many of the protesters in Lagos.
From the name of the advocacy action, the police had alleged the activist of a plot to force a regime change in Nigeria.
Olajide Odumosu publicity secretary of the group, who made the call on Monday in a press release, described the prolonged detention of the activist in the Department of State Services (DSS) cell as oppressive and unconstitutional.
He further stated that the cases filed against Sowore set a dangerous precedent for the misuse and subversion of the country’s justice system, declaring that it was an abuse of his human right to freedom.
While urging the Federal Government to expedite action on the release and ensure that the activist enjoys his liberty, contended that the planned revolutionary protest engaged in by Sowore cannot be said to be treasonable since it was yet to be implemented before the activist was arrested by the DSS.
“Nigerians are entitled to express their feelings. They should give him bail, he is entitled to temporary freedom.
“What Sowore did through the botched protest was to express the feelings of Nigerians and in as much as the protest was peaceful, and violent – free, there is no point putting him behind bars for that long period of time.
“It is time for our leaders to learn to be accommodating. It is time for our political class to learn about the best way to handle varying views, especially, that of the opposition parties,” the group warned.