Sowore of Nigeria not Museveni of Uganda, Kabila of Congo or Yusuf of Boko Haram – Perspectives by Bayo Onanuga

1,008FollowersFollow

We now know that Sowore was re-arrested for talking the ‘R’ word again. But in my view the defences put forward by both the DSS and the Presidency clearly missed the core issue: the denial of liberty for a fellow Nigerian because he exercised his freedom of speech and free expression.

Sowore is not a Yoweri Museveni of Uganda or Laurent Kabila of Congo, who took up arms to change the political order in their countries. He cannot therefore be a serious political or security risk.

And Sowore is not a religious ideologue like Mohammed Yusuf that founded Boko Haram to launch an Islamic state in Nigeria. Comparing both of them just doesn’t make any sense. Sowore is simply impatient about the snail speed reforms in his country and wants to mobilise them for radical change, in calling for protests . And we have seen the limitation of his style in the election that he lost woefully and the failure of the ‘countrywide protests’ organised by his ‘Revolution Now Movement’.

The only comparison we can make is with that of Charles Oputa #Ourmumudondo Movement in the run-up to the February 2019 election. No overzealous DSS official arrested Charlie Boy for taking his revolutionary message to public places, where he was beaten up in one outing at an Abuja market .

If Sowore spoke about revolution to a small circle of friends at Transcorp Hilton, it is left for the court to decide whether the act amounted to a breach of his bail condition. It is not the business of the DSS to re-arrest him and turn itself into the court of law.

We lose our democracy if we do not allow freedom of speech to reign. I rest my case.

Bayo Onanuga, a journalist and publisher of TheNews Magazine and P.M.News, made his remarks in a Facebook post.

Today News Africa
Today News Africahttps://todaynewsafrica.com
TODAY NEWS AFRICA is registered and headquartered in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America. Our publication is widely read, respected and influential. By providing daily answers to questions our readers have about the people, the businesses and the continent of Africa, we are reaching a diverse and wide audience from around the world. Our readers, many of them world leaders, trust us because we are independent and truthful. Our advertisers understand the difference between news, views and ads. Contact us: contactus@todaynewsafrica.com

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Trending Now

U.S. calls for independent probe into massacres in Tigray region in Ethiopia

The United States government on Thursday called for an independent investigation following massacres in the Tigray region in Ethiopia.The United States said the investigation...

Trump campaign files appeal after Judge called legal claim in Pennsylvania “Frankenstein’s Monster” before dismissing it

President Donald Trump’s legal team on Sunday filed an appeal to a federal judge’s ruling that dismissed his campaign's effort to block the certification...

Biden announces foreign policy and national security team, including Blinken as Secretary of State, Mayorkas as Secretary of Homeland Security and Kerry as envoy on climate

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on Monday announced key members of his foreign policy and national security team, including Antony Blinken as Secretary of State;...

Angry South African President fully rejects US allegations against him and his Phala Phala wildlife farm over treatment of animals

In a statement on Saturday, the presidency in South Africa said allegations against President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Phala Phala wildlife farm over the...

President-elect Joe Biden’s national security and foreign policy team praised as experienced and historic choices

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden announced key members of his national security and foreign policy team on Monday, including Antony Blinken as Secretary of State;...

IMF chief to G20 leaders: jointly build foundations for better 21st century global economy

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva on Sunday urged G20 leaders to jointly build the foundations for a better 21st century global amid...

Sex-bombing the continent: Africa’s most popular nude dancer, Zodwa Wabantu, deported from Zambia

Zodwa Wabantu, Africa's most popular nude dancer, has been deported from Zambia where she was due to perform.The government believed her lewd performance in...

Iran top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadhe assassinated

Iran has confirmed the assassination of its top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadhe.The Iranian ministry of defense confirmed the death of Fakhrizadhe in a statement...

WHO warns up to 5 million people could die without 150 to 300 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic activity per week

Up to 5 million deaths a year could be averted if the global population was more active. At a time when many people are...

President-elect Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden wish nation Happy Thanksgiving in moving CNN op-ed

“Like you, our family will hold on to our most important tradition: taking a moment to count the many reasons we have to be...

WHO urges African countries to ramp up readiness for COVID-19 vaccination drive

As the race to find a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is showing increasing promise, a new World Health Organization (WHO) analysis finds that Africa is...

Remembering soccer legend Diego Maradona

World soccer great Diego Maradona died on Wednesday from a heart attack, less than a month after his 60th birthday.He died at home...

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva heartbroken over passing of former World Bank President James D. Wolfensohn

The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Ms. Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday expressed deep sadness over the passing of Sir James David Wolfensohn,...

Trump announces full pardon for Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he had granted full pardon to the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn."It is my Great Honor...

Atiku blasts Buhari, says attacking him won’t fix mismanagement of Nigeria

Paul Ibe, the spokesman of former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar on Thursday lambasted president Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying "Focusing on Atiku won't solve the problems Buhari, APC created for Nigeria."Ibe wrote: "The All Progressives Congress has validated the assumption that the major reason the condition of living has been deplorable under the Buhari administration is on account of...
error: Alert: Content is protected !!
Share
WhatsApp
Tweet
Pin
Share