Presidency Justifies Sowore Rearrest

The Presidency says the Department of State Services (DSS) was acting under its powers when it rearrested Omoyele Sowore.

Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, in a peach shirt being forcibly dragged down by a DSS officer in the court during his rearrest by the DSS on December 7 / Photo credit: Channels TV
Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, in a peach shirt being forcibly dragged down by a DSS officer in the court during his rearrest by the DSS on December 7 / Photo credit: Channels TV

The Presidency on Sunday justified the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore, activist and the publisher of Sahara Reporters, saying, “Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria.”

Senior Special Adviser to the President On Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement posted on his Facebook page.

Sowore was rearrested at Abuja Federal High Court on Friday by officials of the State Security Service.

Mr. Shehu, who earlier acknowledged that he was among the delegation sent to prevail on Sowore to drop his agitation before he was charged to court, said the DSS acted under its powers.

He said, “The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution – which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999.

“However, it should not surprise anyone who has followed his actions and words that Sowore is a person of interest to the DSS.

“Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria.

“He did so on television, and from a privileged position as the owner of a widely read digital newspaper run from the United States of America.

“He founded an organisation, Revolution Now, to launch, in their own words, “Days of Rage”, with the publicised purpose of fomenting mass civil unrest and the elected administration’s overthrow.

“No government will allow anybody to openly call for destabilization in the country and do nothing.

“Mr. Sowore is no ordinary citizen expressing his views freely on social media and the internet. He was a presidential candidate himself, who ran – and lost – as the flag bearer of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 23 general elections.

“Nigeria’s democracy was a long time in the making, and was achieved after decades of often harsh, military-led overthrows of government: the kind of situation Sowore was advocating.

“To believe in and desire armed revolution is not normal amongst ‘human rights activists’, as Sowore has been incorrectly described.

“Again, it is no surprise that he should be a person of interest to the DSS.

“Nigeria is already dealing with an insurgency that has left millions of people displaced and desperate in the northeastern region of our country.

“The Boko Haram militants, who are behind the violence, also fancy themselves to be fighting for some sort of revolution.

“Nigerians do not need another spate of lawlessness and loss of lives all in the name of ‘revolution’, especially not one that is orchestrated by a man who makes his home in far away New York – and who can easily disappear and leave behind whatever instability he intends to cause, to wit, Nnamdi Kanu.

“This is a matter for the DSS, acting under its powers.”

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