Omoyele Sowore who has been battling the Government of Nigeria since he was arrested in August following his nationwide planned protest tagged “#RevolutionNow”, which the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in collaboration with the Department of State Services(DSS), a security apparatus viewed to be an act of ” treasonable felony”.
For 126 days, Sowore was in DSS custody before his release on December 6th after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu of Federal High Court, Abuja fined the DSS #100,000 and gave the DSS barely 3 hours to free the Sahara Reporters Publisher and pro-democracy activist who contested for the office of the President in the February 23, 2019 general election under the auspices of the African Action Congress(AAC), a party founded by him in 2018.
However, after he was released on December 6th, he was to be available in court on December 7, along with his counsel team headed by SAN’s Femi Falana and his Codefendant, Olawale Bakare, for the final verdict at the Abuja Federal High Court. As the proceeding was ongoing, some operatives of the DSS stormed the court heavily armed and chased the Judge away, halting the proceeding of a constitutional Federal High court of law, and forcefully rearresting Sowore and returned him back to their Abuja detention facility.
Sowore been cramped down in Federal High Court in Abuja on December 7.
Findings from a friend who is a DSS operative said that the Federal Government is cautious of the next revolutionary actions Sowore will embark on if allowed to be freed after Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu-led Federal High Court Abuja had adjourned the case to February 11, 2020. He further revealed that, the Federal Government has planned to tie him down with further security issues by attaching him to be one of the sponsors of Boko Haram security hiccups in the country and declare him to be a national security threat.
Sowore 48, has been a stronghold in students activism with full Aluta d Continua spirit. Before Sowore became the President of University of Lagos(Unilag) Student Union Government, in 1989 in his first year, he took part in student demonstrations protesting the conditions of an International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan of $120 million to be used for a Nigerian oil pipeline. Among the conditions of the IMF loan were to reduce the number of universities in the country from 28 to 5.
When he became Unilag SUG President in 1992, Sowore led 2,000 students in protest against the Nigerian government.
During the protests, the police started shooting and seven people killed. Sowore was arrested and tortured.
He was also involved in the demand for democratic government taking over military rule in June 12, 1993. This resulted in several arrests, detentions and life threatening treatment by government officials.
It is disturbing that in the thick of needless desperation, the federal government and its agencies could not manage Sowore and either by omission or commission, naively lionised a man, who could barely muster 20 thousand votes at the poll but has now become a major crisis on their hands. Sowore now gets mentioned in foreign media almost on a daily basis, so much that United States senators and congress members openly advance his cause.
The Federal Government led by Buhari in his feudalist, Autocratic and military patterned style of governance has failed to consciously considered the fact that, the World politics has been democratized in all its dealings as such, in dealing with lions and goal chasing advocates like Sowore, he has to do it peacefully and democratically to avoid further general public collaboration and international outcries.
Sowore has been there since June 12, 1993 with MKO Abiola and Tinubu, he understands the Political Geography and languages of Nigeria. Sowore has been made relevant and important to Nigerians, Africans and the International system outside the African Terrain.
This is why security must be circumspect in their handling of him. They mismanaged the whole situation ab initio, lionised him and now, they require wisdom going forward, particularly, by showing respect for the rule of law. And with the case now taken over by the AGF, perhaps, Nigerians will begin to see some sanity in its handling.
Sowore is now a Lion, and he cannot be broken now by any apparatuses, not even death want to embrace Comrade Omoyele Sowore right now with this huge international recognition.
Do not forget him as he coast to victory come 2023.
Omoyele Sowore, Publisher Sahara Reporters and Prodemocracy activist