RevolutionNow protesters have taken to the National Stadium in Lagos to kick off a nationwide protest to demand for good governance in Nigeria despite calls from the police warning members of the public against participating in the protest.
The protest which was masterminded by the founder of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore follows his idea of activism which underlined his 2019 presidential campaign, tagged ‘Take It Back’. Sowore who ran for president in 2019 general elections under the AAC party was of the opinion that Nigeria has been bedeviled by poor leadership and nothing short of revolution will set the country right.
Following his utterances in the run-up to the RevolutionNow protest, he was arrested by the DSS in the early hours of Saturday and has been in detention ever since. According to the law enforcement agency, Sowore was arrested “for threatening public safety, peaceful co-existence and social harmony in the country.”
A lot of Nigerians, including Prof. Wole Soyinka have condemned the action of the DSS, calling it a clampdown on citizens’ right to peaceful protest, and even likened president Buhari to one of Nigeria’s most brutal dictators, Abacha.
The presidency fired back at the notion saying that the administration respected the right of Nigerians to carry out peaceful protests, but not a call to violence.
Although the protest has been relatively peaceful in Lagos, there have been a few altercation between the protesters and the police. There’s a loud call for the release of Sowore as his absence has watered down the protest.
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