Presidency Corrects Media over Sowore
By Olamide Fadoju
The Presidency has told the international media that Omoyele Sowore, Revolution Now convener, was trying to overthrow a government and should not just be described as a journalist.
A statement released by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday says the Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress in the 2019 elections, who was released on bail by the DSS on Tuesday, December 24, was not arrested for his journalistic works but for his revolutionary agenda.
" Some international news outlets have mistakenly been describing his release as that of a journalist.
"For the avoidance of doubt, the Buhari administration has never, since coming into office in 2015, detained a journalist, seized copies of newspapers or shut down a medium of information.
"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 organization, 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.
"The government believes strictly in observing the rule of law but must safeguard public security and will not allow trouble makers to incite the public and cause a breakdown of law and order," the statement read.