The Social media is currently on fire over Department of State Services(DSS) arrest of pro-democracy activist and the convener of #RevolutionNow Protests, Omoyele Sowore.
Operatives of the DSS was reported to have arrested Sowore in the early hours of Saturday at about 1.25 a.m. in his apartment.
Specifically, #RevolutionNow and #FreeSowore are trending issues on twitter with over 38,200 and 27,900 tweets respectively, as the time of filing this report.
Reacting, a former Minister of Education and human rights activist, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, condemned the arrest of publisher of Sahara Reporters/presidential candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 general election, Sowore.
Taking to her verified Twitter handle @obyezeks on Saturday, Ezekwesili, also a presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria in the same election, tweeted:Hmmmm. @AsoRock ought to know that they cannot sustain this unconstitutional habit of repression against #CitizensRights. All these persistent acts of @NGRPresident to shrink the Public Space with rabid level of intolerance for dissension will surely fail.#FreeSoworeNow!— Oby Ezekwesili (@obyezeks) August 3, 2019.
Sowore had expressed the intention to spearhead nationwide protests against the Federal Government, tagged ‘#RevolutionNow Days of Rage,’ scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2019.
Late last month, precisely on July 31, Sowore was reportedly barred from delivering a lecture as the guest speaker at an event organised by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria, University of Lagos chapter.
The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu also tweeted, “Fulani tyranny & primitive dictatorship will never win this war against the massed ranks of oppressed people in Nigeria.
“Suppressing the right to protest in a so-called democracy will only hasten the collapse of that ZOO. #FreeSowore & allow the #RevolutionNow right to protest.”