Sowore arrested for organizing protests in Nigeria
On December 31, 2020, Omoyele Sowore tweeted about organizing a crossover with protest movement in Nigeria; with the hashtag #crossoverwithprotestmovement. Sowore is a versatile journalist and founder of popular news agency – Sahara reporters.
Based on his tweets, the protest held in places like Ondo, Kaduna and Abuja. Majorly, the protest called for ending bad governance in Nigeria since we were just about to transition into a new year. The protest was also formed to decry the many flaws of the current Buhari administration which Sowore himself had criticized loudly due to its failure to provide Nigeria with a better future and the change and development promised by the administration. According to his tweet, ‘Let’s welcome the regime to a RESOLUTE 2021!’
Source: Sowore- Twitter
However, Sowore was arrested by police officials during his protest at Gudu junction, Abuja. SAHARA REPORTERS stated that he is being detained alongside other protesters in a police station in Logokoma, Abuja. If you can recall vividly, the same Buhari administration detained Sowore on August 3, 2019 for a period of 100 days for alleged treason after calling for a protest tagged ‘Revolution now’
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT SOWORE’S ARREST
You should be concerned. In post #endsars protest Nigeria under the Buhari administration, it would be very difficult for Nigerians to organize a powerful protest as such again considering how the world despised the Buhari administration for failing to end an anti-robbery-squad who ironically robbed citizens they were supposed to protect. The protest really shook Buhari and his cohorts as it was unexpected and very embarrassing. After the protest, he confirmed that ‘no such protest shall ever hold again’, although not in his exact words. The protests wouldn’t hold not because the President would do the right thing, it is because he would go to any extent to prevent such from happening no matter the validity of the grounds of such protests.
Therefore, in this New Nigeria, resoluteness is the new attitude. It is advisable not to keep silent when things like these are happening, especially when someone who cares so much about his country is being punished for exercising his human right. The exact definition of a dictatorship government if you ask me. I think we can all agree that this pretend democracy is not working again for us. As Nigerians, we need to wake up to the reality that speaking up is our best weapon to change, and decrying the inhumane acts of uncaring governments should be our go to when such things happen. If you haven’t learnt about the power of social media and how its propaganda can correct a country’s flaws, you are lagging behind. If you have learnt, use that ocean of power emphatically.
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