Oby Ezekwesili, a former Minister of Education and co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls movement, has slammed the Nigerian government for arresting Omoyele Sowore.
Sowore has been championing a protest against bad governance of Nigeria with the #RevolutionNow movement.
In the early hours of Saturday, men of the Department of State Services stormed Sowore’s apartment and whisked him away to an unknown destination.
Ezekwesili, in a series of posts, called for Sowore’s release.
Tweeting on social media with her personal handle @ObyEzeks, she stated that Sowore’s arrest was a move to repress human rights in the country, adding that the Nigerian government is completely out of touch with the reality.
Her tweets read, “All well-meaning Nigerians should stand with @YeleSowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of governance that worries him. Mr Sowore’s convening of citizens to protest poor governance – via #RevolutionNow- is constitutionally guaranteed.
“If our @NGRPresident @MBuhari & FG @AsoRock are not completely out of touch with the reality of distress of majority of citizens of this country, they would handle @YeleSowore‘s right to convene #RevolutionNow wisely. Many of us his fellow #OfficeOfTheCitizen stand with him.
“I therefore join the voices of all well-meaning Nigerians to ask @AsoRock @NGRPresident @MBuhari to:#FreeSoworeNow! #FreeSoworeNow!! #FreeSoworeNow!!! #FreeSoworeNow!!!! #DefendCitizenSoworesRight to speech and protest captioned #RevolutionNow!
“Hmmmm. @AsoRock ought to know that they cannot sustain this unconstitutional habit of repression against #citizensrights. All these persistent acts of @NGRPresident to shrink the public space with rabid level of intolerance for dissension will surely fail. #FreeSoworeNow! Release Omoyele Sowore from custody.”
All well-meaning Nigerians should stand with @YeleSowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of Governance that worries him.— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) August 3, 2019
Mr Soworeâs convening of Citizens to protest Poor Governance - via #RevolutionNow- is Constitutionally guaranteed.
Hmmmm.— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) August 3, 2019
@AsoRock ought to know that they cannot sustain this unconstitutional habit of repression against #CitizensRights. All these persistent acts of @NGRPresident to shrink the Public Space with rabid level of intolerance for dissension will surely fail.#FreeSoworeNow!