Some activists and civil society groups stormed the Unity Fountain in Abuja Yesterday, August 14, to demand the freedom of the February 23 presidential poll candidate who represented the African Action Congress (AAC), Omowole Sowore.
Not minding that they were outnumbered by security operatives consisting of military men, the police, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and officers of Nigerian Prison Service, the protesters still pressed for Sowore’s release and other “prisoners of conscience.”
The protest was piloted by Deji Adeyanju, the convener of Concerned Nigerians who during his speech said that the Buhari led government is targeted to imprison any individual who speaks concerning the “maladministration and has no deference for divergent opinion.”
Adeyanju, however, held that the advocates of the #FreeSowore protest will never be frightened by the cohorts of the Federal Government.
According to him, Buhari feigned to be a repentant democrat just because he wanted to steal the confidence and votes of Nigerians.
He said that both Sowore, Dadi Yata, Jones Abiri, Steven Kefas and other social and media critics who have been imprisoned by the Buhari government as prisoners of conscience, are fighting for Nigerians who unfortunately are victims of the bad government.
Adeyanju swore that no matter the number of security operatives deployed by Buhari, the #FreeSowore protest would not stop.
Speaking in the same manner, Raphael Adebayo, another activist said that even if Buhari detains more Sowores, one million more would arise to fight his dictatorial policies.
Adebayo further noted that the protest is not only geared towards the freedom of Sowore and other “prisoners of conscience,” but for the soul of Nigeria, which the present government wants to stampede at all cost.
Recall that on August 3rd, 2019, a video depicting the arrest of Sowore, by the Department of State Services (DSS), emerged all over social media.
Prior to that time, Sowore who is also the founder of Sahara Reporters, an online news agency had in the last two weeks, called on Nigerians to embark on a nationwide protest coined the ‘RevolutionNow movement’ to oppose the current administration- the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.