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Friday, December 6, 2019
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OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI! RELEASE SOWORE NOW!

Fighting broke out at Nigeria's federal High Court as security forces attempted to re-arrest journalist Omoyele Sowore (in the pink shirt) PHOTO: Reuters

Dear Mr. President Buhari,

am an avowed Buharist and unrepentant supporter of your efforts to see a country of our dream.

As you are already aware, Omoyele Sowore is a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner. A former presidential candidate, and founder of an online news agency Sahara Reporters. He was arrested on August 3, 2019, by the Nigerian Department of Security Services for alleged treason after calling for a protest tagged RevolutionNow.

After the arrest of Mr. Omoyele Sowore for his insidious incitement through RevolutionNow, the Department of State Security requested for 45 days to investigate Sowore's alleged crime. After the elapsed period, the court ordered the release of Sowore.

Question! Why is Sowore still being kept incommunicado by DSS? After the High court order for Mr. Omoyele Sowore's release, what is the moral or judicial justification for the continuing detention of Mr. Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Security in Nigeria? As a law enforcement officer myself in an organized society, I am of the belief that no agency, government or individual is above the law. Law is an arbiter and the adjudicator of fairness and justice in a sane society. To bruise an ant, you don't need the sledgehammer to curtail a recalcitrant ant. Sowore is not a criminal or high or low-risk individual. Sowore's unguarded vituperations are laced with good intentions to see an egalitarian society devoid of corruption.

As a concerned and conscientized Buharist and Nigerian citizen, I strongly condemn the flagrant disobey of a court order to release Mr. Omoyele Sowore by the DSS. It is absolutely not good for us, and the image of a man whose good persona and government "we the Buharists" dearly guard and guide with love and mindfulness!

Judiciary is the last resort of the common man. Court order must be respected and made sacred to the sanctity of our everyday lives. Sowore must not be made to stay a day longer than (un)necessary in the Department of State Security's net.

Sowore is not flight-risk! Sowore is not a criminal. His gaffes and misdemeanor should not morph to hate and disregard for the rule of law and our sacred constitution. Our last hope for Nigeria is the bastion of democracy and Judiciary which give hope to the hopeless and ordinary Nigerians. If the DSS and Buhari's administration are not satisfied with the judgment of the High Court, they should find recourse by appealing the judgment against them in the Appellate Court.

The conditionality of Sowore's bail is too mundane! Mr. President is anti-corruption czar, he should understand that the conditionality of Sowore's potential bailee can only be met by those who have stolen our commonwealth. I can bet it that Mr. Omoyele Sowore is not a flight risk and he is not a criminal or coward like the other secessionist gloating lazily in isolation abroad. Sowore's mistakes must be given amnesty for the honesty of purpose in his misplaced revolutionNow. Mr. President must consider the plead of Sowore's age widowed mother and some of us who love Sowore but detest his approach of agitation for national development.

Sowore must be released immediately before "we the Buharists" are confronted with moral bazaars of the Nigerian political morass to act.

Mr. President Buhari, thanks in anticipation as you look into meeting this important plead.

Yours faithfully,

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