It is Unfortunate, many of the people at the corridors of power today were part of the protests against former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, but today the situation has changed. – Gani Adams
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One of Yoruba leaders, Gani Adams, has urged the Nigeria president, President Muhammadu Buhari to free Omoyele Sowore.
He said the continuous detention of Omoyele Sowore could have a bad influence on ‘Nigeria’s democracy.
“Unfortunately, many of the people at the corridors of power today were part of the protests against former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, but today the situation has changed.
“I am afraid they wanted to draw the nation back to those years of the military, where ‘people’s rights to freedom and other fundamental human rights were alien to the military.
Even in countries that have good institutions and good welfare policies, the citizens still organize peaceful protests and the government will surely listen to them,” he said.
In response to the continued detention of the better Nigeria fighter, he said, “As an activist and promoter of peace, I have engaged in various rallies and protests. On each occasion, we consulted widely, taking into considerations so many factors, including the rights of Nigerians to embark on a demonstration. I also noted that such rights should not translate to a violent or forceful protest.”
“Nigeria is a democratic republic; therefore, unlawful detention of a people can lead to further crisis, and the Federal Government must try as much as it is possible to avoid this by listening to the cries of Nigerians. The federal government should free Sowore and formulate policy programmes that have a direct impact on the mass of the people.”
Responding to the allegations from the police against Sowore led revolution protest, the Yoruba lord said, “Not everybody can have access to the presidency in Abuja. This is a democracy, not militarism, where people are cowed and jailed over issues relating to their welfare.”
“Sowore is an activist, and he was part of the struggle for this democracy. Therefore, he is entitled to express his feelings and that of Nigerians in a democratic setting.
I think the federal government should consider his freedom as a panacea for peace. For instance, I wonder how a peaceful protest by harmless citizens will now turn to a treasonable felony.”