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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Presidency: Sowore Was Arrested For Seeking To Overthrow Buhari' Govt

From Jane Okafor, 
Abuja

In less than 24 hours after the convener of 'RevolutionNow,' Omoyele Sowore, was released from detention by the Department of State Security Service(DSS) on the order of the Federal Government, the Presidency has clarified the reason for his arrest.

The Presidency said Sowore was not arrested because he is a Journalist. On the contrary, it said the publisher of the Sahara reporters, an online news outlet based in New York, was arrested and detained by the DSS for his call for a revolution to allegedly overthrow a democratically elected government. 

The clarification was made on Wednesday morning by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba.
 
"The Presidency wishes to clarify the release on bail, of the Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 elections, Omowale Sowore.

"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 organisation, 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," Garba stated on his Facebook page.

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