OMOYELE SOWORE V FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA:
AJA TO BA WOLE TEKUN A FEJE WE (THE DOG THAT ENTERS THE CAVE OF THE LION WILL BATHE WITH BLOOD)
“Omoyele Sowore Arrested!” This was the news that greeted our eardrums in the early hours of Saturday, 3rd August 2019. Particularly, he was arrested at 1:25 am by the operatives of the Department of State Security. What was his offence? He had called for a revolution in Nigeria with his now popular hashtag on twitter; #RevolutionNow and had scheduled a peaceful protest slated for August 5th 2019. It was clear from that the government on Nigeria was ready to clamp down on whoever was against it.
Before launching into the crux of this discourse, it is important to state the grounds that the Federal government and Sowore stand upon for the actions they have taken in respect to this case. On the part of the Federal government, they have relied on part 2 section 37 of the criminal code Act 1990 which talks about treason and the punishment for it thereof. On the part of Sowore, he has relied on section 39(1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which talks about freedom of speech. It is equally important that as a matter of utmost seriousness, we examine the exact provision of part 2 section 37 of the criminal code Act 1990. It states expressly in subsection 1 that;
“Any person who levies war against the state, in order to intimidate or overawe the President or the Governor of a state, is guilty of treason and is liable to the punishment of death”
The question we need to ask ourselves is; has Omoyele Sowore expressly contravened this position of the law or is the Federal government uncannily trying to infringe on his fundamental human rights as provided by Section 39(1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Your answer is yes? Yours is No? Follow me on this journey and afterwards you can take your stand!
It is important to note that the growth and development of Nigeria as a state should be the topmost desire of every Nigerian, irrespective of bias or political affiliation. On the backdrop of this, in July 2019, Omoyele Sowore released a video in which he expressly stated that;
“We don’t want war, we want a very clean, quick succinct revolutionary process-surgical. That we put an end to the shenanigans of government, that we put an end to oppression, the corruption of government”
With this statement made and the provision of Part 2 Section 37 of the criminal code 1990, has Omoyele Sowore in any way intimidated the Nigerian state? O r is it that the Federal government, who now seek to nail him to the cross are afraid of their shadow?
Without mincing words, it must be categorically stated that when the government of the day was elected in 2015, they coasted on the promise that they were going to combat corruption in all sectors in Nigeria. What would you have expected? I’m pretty sure that you would have expected that those people who were indicted coupled with those who were being investigated would have been put behind bars. Up till now, has anyone been served a jail term? No! Rather, in this regime, unimaginable things like snakes swallowing sums of money among other things have been heard. In this regime, Fulani herdsmen have gained popularity; in this same regime, Nigeria has been named the poverty capital of the world; In this regime, the prices of goods and services have skyrocketed. On the backdrop of these unfortunate circumstances, if a patriotic Nigerian then calls for a peaceful revolution, should he be clamped down upon? No!
In some quarters, the arguments might be that Sowore is inciting a revolution because he lost the 2019 general elections. This argument is laughable in the sense that when in 2003, the current president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria lost the 2003 elections, he led a massive protest. In 2007 too, he didn’t go to sleep. To crown it all, when in 2011 he lost again, his supporters went on riot, killing people and burning public and private properties. Was he arrested in relation to treason? No! Why then arrest Omoyele Sowore?
The arrest of Omoyele Sowore instead shows a government trying to hide its strategic failures; failures in the terms of the promises that roll in their ‘catacombs’, failures in security, failures in power, failure to give Nigeria a national carrier in the aviation sector. The government of Nigeria is using the arrest of Sowore to shroud the fact that it has succeeded in recruiting, old and counter-productive men as his ministers as against the promise to recruit vibrant minds; the government is using this to eshroud the fact that whoever joins the camp of their party is automatically a saint and those who do not are witch-hunted everywhere.
By the arrest of Sowore, the Federal government has expressly shown that it has no regards whatsoever for fundamental human rights, particularly the freedom of speech in this case. In the first place, Nigeria is in a state of comatose and when one Nigerian asks for a change, you clamp down on him and claim he had committed treason? Totally unacceptable.
Though disappointing, there are some Nigerian who would still come out bold faced and say what Sowore has done is wrong. However, it must be said that if all of us do not come together to show our discontent towards the excesses, ignorance to the plight of the masses and insensitivity towards the plight of the masses, we will continue to bear this untold hardship.
I leave you with this question; WHICH WAY NIGERIA?
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