A human rights group, known as the Centre for the Vulnerable and Underprivileged, (CENTREP) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday to immediately release Omoyele Sowore from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The group however condemned Sowore’s call for a revolution against the Buhari-led Federal Government.
Concise News understands that this is coming as the planned revolution protest which was expected to take place nationwide on August 5, failed to hold in Warri and its environs as well as other places in Delta State.
Executive Director of CENTREP, Oghenejabor Ikimi Esq said he is calling for the release of Sowore because Buhari himself had called for a revolution in 2011 through his Aide, Mr. Odumakin.
The legal practitioner said, “On that basis, his Government should release Omoyele Sowore immediately. However, I am not in support of a revolution in this Country.
“If a revolution starts now, those who called for it will fly out of the Country and it is the poor masses that will suffer the brunt of violent change of Government.”
Ikimi said Section 39 Subsection 31 gives every citizen the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, stressing that the constitution does not recognize revolution.
He also added that Section 45 Subsection 1 of the Constitution said the State can withdraw the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly of any citizen if there’s a threat to defense, security, public peace, morality, and public order.
While noting that a revolution is not needed at the moment in the Country, Ikimi said, “Omoyele should keep his revolution till 2023 and express it through the ballot box.”
Ikimi pointed out that people are still suffering from the consequences of the Arab spring.
“In Libya, there is no peace. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood took over and the President is Sissi. The Army still rules Egypt till tomorrow. There is no peace in Sudan as a result of the protest match which saw the removal of Umar Al Bashir,” he said.
Ikimi warned that those supporting Omoyele’s call for a revolution should be careful, stressing that “Wole Soyinka will fly out of the Country if the revolution starts. Come through the ballot box.”