It is not surprising that the good deeds of a freedom fighter speak of them, this transpired as a renowned United States economist and professor at Columbia University, New York, Joseph Stiglitz, shared his view about the human rights campaigner and journalist, Omoyele Sowore, naming him among the journalists he admires and respects most around the world.
The winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark Medal, Stiglitz admitted and hailed the 2019 AAC presidential aspirant, Omoyele Sowore for his charisma and determination to have a right society.
He said this on Thursday at an interview with The New York Times.
According to Stiglitz, “We support the Committee to Protect Journalists and I admire brave reporters all over the world including María Teresa Ronderos (Colombia), Giannina Segnini (Costa Rica and now a colleague at Columbia), Ferial Haffajee in South Africa, Musikilu Mojeed (Nigeria) and the tenacious human rights reporters at Rappler (Philippines).
“A Columbia alum and citizen journalist, Omoyele Sowore, ran for president in Nigeria and was arrested after a controversial tweet.
“Now more than ever, we need good journalism and we are getting it thanks to the philanthropists funding groups like the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, ProPublica, The Marshall Project, Daily Maverick and others.”
Omoyele Sowore has been able to expose corruption, injustice and impunity of all kinds in Nigeria through his pioneering online news medium, SaharaReporters.
He often counter the ire of politicians and strong forces in power.
Reference Daily News had reported that on August 3, 2019, the freedom fighter was illegally arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services for tasking all Nigerians to move to the streets in peaceful demonstrations on August 5 to solicit for a better country from the administration of President Buhari.
Despite been granted bail over his unlawfully detention, the DSS operatives yet invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja on December 6, 2019 to rearrest him without any court order and was unlawfully detained until 18 days later when he was released by the secret police for the second time.
Following the directive of the court, Sowore remains confined to Abuja as one of his bail conditions forbids him from leaving the city or speaking with journalists until the end of his trial, which has now been put on hold by the outbreak of Coronavirus in Nigeria and closure of courts in the country.