“Omoyele Sowore is a veteran of this struggle. He has been actively involved in public advocacy for the past three decades. This is someone that has fought several military dictatorships, So for the state security to assume they can arrest him, and by arresting him, he would now relent from his struggle, I think the DSS misconceived the basis for which the agitation is even started.” – Inibehe Effiong
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Inibehe Effiong, African Action Congress legal representative has blasted Nigeria government over Sowore arrest and plan to keep him for more days in the detention
The human right lawyer said it is completely unacceptable for anyone to say they plan to overthrow the President while on Arise News
“Nigeria government is lacking political will. The issue we have clearly articulated; for me, the issue is not personal to Sowore; the issue is not even personal to those of us that are in the RevolutionNow Movement.”
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“The issue that we have highlighted are issues that have been in front burner of public discourse for several decades, we are asking for institutional reforms, we are asking for political reforms, we are asking the government to address the most basic issue of the governance, namely payment of the new minimum wage, which the current administration has committed itself to, for which an act of the national assembly been passed. So, it is even legislative responsibility.”
“We are also saying we cannot continue to pay bills for power consumption through estimated billing, that we should be able to have a system where people paid based on consumption by the availability of prepaid meter and so on.”
“We are also saying we cannot continue to sustain this bicameral legislature, lets us have a conversation on having a unicameral legislature in which case we would only have a senate in one-chamber parliament, so we’ve clearly highlighted the issues that we want.”
We are also saying that look, all those that have found to have stolen public found from 1960 till date should be banned from occupying public office.
“We are also saying, no public officer in Nigeria should have the opportunity or should be allowed to send his children abroad for education or to go abroad for medical treatment, these are some of the demands that we are making from the government.
So when the government now decided to be evasive, to a abdicate from the issue that we have articulated and to now invent an imaginary, fictional case of treason, fictionary case of treasonable felony, to say that some people are planning to overthrow the president, for us, we find that completely unacceptable.”
“Omoyele Sowore is a veteran of this struggle. He has been actively involved in public advocacy for the past three decades. This is someone that has fought several military dictatorships, So for the state security to assume they can arrest him, and by arresting him, he would now relent from his struggle, I think the DSS misconceived the basis for which the agitation is even started.”
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