Nigerian Presidency Declares Sowore Guilty Of Planning To Overthrow Buhari

Nigerian Presidency Declares Sowore Guilty Of Planning To Overthrow Buhari

By Wires Editor | The Trent on December 9, 2019
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FILE PHOTO: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk together on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit and Economic Forum in Sochi, Russia, October 23, 2019. | Sergei Chirikov/REUTERS/

The Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency on Sunday, December 8, 2019, justified the treatment of Omoyele Sowore by the State Security Service, SSS.

“Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria,” Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson, wrote in a statement sent to journalists.

“He did so on television, and from a privileged position as the owner of a widely read digital newspaper run from the United States of America.”

Shehu was evasive on whether or not President Muhammadu Buhari authorised the disobedience of court orders by the SSS in detaining Sowore.

Drama at the Federal High Court: Supporters of SaharaReporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore prevent his arrest by operatives of Nigeria's secret police, the Department of State Security, DSS on Friday, December 6, 2019 | Reuters
Operatives of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Security, DSS on Friday, December 6, 2019 invaded the Federal High Court to arrest the SaharaReporters publisher, Omoyele Sowore | Reuters

“The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution – which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999,” the spokesperson said.

He also kept mum on whether or not Buhari ordered Friday’s invasion of court premises by SSS operatives in a bid to rearrest Sowore.

Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters online newspaper, and activist Olawale Bakare, were arrested and detained by the SSS for over 120 days despite two separate court orders for their release.

Drama at the Federal High Court: Supporters of SaharaReporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore prevent his arrest by operatives of Nigeria's secret police, the Department of State Security, DSS on Friday, December 6, 2019
Drama at the Federal High Court: Supporters of SaharaReporters Publisher, Omoyele Sowore prevent his arrest by operatives of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Security, DSS on Friday, December 6, 2019 | Reuters

Arrested for planning anti-government protests, they were only released last Thursday night after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu gave the SSS 24 hours to release both men.

Both men are being prosecuted for treason and insulting President Buhari.

Sowore was, however, rearrested at the Abuja Federal High Court on Friday morning in a move condemned by local and international rights groups, officials and governments.

In his statement on Sunday, December 8, 2019, however, Shehu defended the SSS actions and compared Sowore’s revolution call to the Boko Haram insurgency.

Read Shehu’s full statement below.

SOWORE: BETWEEN FACTS AND FICTION

The Presidency notes some of the insinuations in the media about the arrest by the Department of State Services, DSS, of the agitator, Omoyele Sowore.

The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution – which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999.

However, it should not surprise anyone who has followed his actions and words that Sowore is a person of interest to the DSS.

Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria.

He did so on television, and from a privileged position as the owner of a widely read digital newspaper run from the United States of America.

He founded an organisation, Revolution Now, to launch, in their own words, “Days of Rage”, with the publicized purpose of fomenting mass civil unrest and the elected administration’s overthrow.

No government will allow anybody to openly call for destabilization in the country and do nothing.

Sowore is no ordinary citizen expressing his views freely on social media and the internet.

He was a presidential candidate himself, who ran – and lost – as the flag bearer of the African Action Congress, AAC, in the February 23 general elections.

Nigeria’s democracy was a long time in the making, and was achieved after decades of often harsh, military-led overthrows of government: the kind of situation Sowore was advocating.

To believe in and desire armed revolution is not normal amongst ‘human rights activists’, as Sowore has been incorrectly described.

Again, it is no surprise that he should be a person of interest to the DSS.

Nigeria is already dealing with an insurgency that has left millions of people displaced and desperate in the northeastern region of our country.

The Boko Haram militants, who are behind the violence, also fancy themselves to be fighting for some sort of revolution.

Nigerians do not need another spate of lawlessness and loss of lives all in the name of ‘revolution’, especially not one that is orchestrated by a man who makes his home in far away New York – and who can easily disappear and leave behind whatever instability he intends to cause, to wit, Nnamdi Kanu.

This is a matter for the DSS, acting under its powers.

Read more at Daily Trust

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