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Rights group demands release of Sowore, speaks on RevolutionNow protest



Court speaks on Sowore detention

Centre for the Vulnerable and Underprivileged, CENTREP, on Monday called on Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari to release Omoyele Sowore with immediate effect from the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, because of revolution.

The human activist group condemned Sowore’s call for a revolution against the Buhari-led Federal Government.

The revolution protest was expected to take place nationwide on Monday, August 05, 2019, but failed to hold in Warri and other place in the Delta state in south-south Nigeria.

The Executive Director of CENTREP, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi Esq urged the president to free Sowore because Buhari also had called for a revolution in 2011.

He insisted the President Buhari had called for Revolution when Goodluck Johnathan was in Power through his Aide, Mr. Odumakin.

“On that basis, his Government should release Omoyele immediately. However, I am not in support of a revolution in this Country. He made his submission.

“If a revolution starts now, those who called for it will fly out of the Country and it is the poor masses that will suffer the brunt of violent change of Government.”

Mr. Ikimi cited the Nigerian constitution on Section 39 Subsection 31 that every citizens has right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, stressing that the constitution does not recognize revolution. His thought

He went further to Section 45 Subsection 1 of the Constitution as amended, that State can withdraw the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly of any citizen if there’s a threat to defense, security, public peace, morality and public order.

Ikimi said revolution is not needed at the moment in the Nigeria, “Omoyele should keep his revolution till 2023 and express it through the ballot box.” He siad

He pointed out that most people are still suffering the consequences of Arab spring that Nigeria should avoid it.

“In Libya, there is no peace. In Egypt, the Muslim brotherhood took over and the President is Sissi.

“The Army still rules Egypt till tomorrow. There is no peace in Sudan as a result of the protest match which saw the removal of Umar Al Bashir,” he submitted.

On those supporting AAC presidential candidate Omoyele Sowore, Ikimi warned said they should trade with caution and be careful, stressing that “Wole Soyinka will fly out of the Country if the revolution starts. He emphasized that revolution should Come through the ballot box.”

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