The Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) says the Abuja Federal High Court’s authorization to detain Omoyele Sowore for 45 days is a display of tyranny and oppression.
According to the Forum, the planned ‘RevolutionNow’ protest led by Sowore was a mere dramatic presentation of the state of affairs in Nigeria.
The Department of State Services (DSS) had taken Sowore into custody last Saturday and flown him from Lagos to Abuja on charges bordering on treasonable felony.
But the National Secretary of PANDEF, Dr. Alfred Mulade, in a statement on Thursday, said: “This is a sheer display of tyranny and oppression. What a responsible government should do is to see this planned protest as a wake-up call, to fix the myriad humongous security and development issues bedeviling the nation.
“These are issues that had been raised several times at different fora by several concerned bodies and personalities in this country, and which, fortunately, the 2014 Conference Report captured.
“Obviously and seriously, securing a detention order against Mr. Sowore, who is merely dramatizing the state of affairs and disillusionment of the Nigerian people, is a misplaced show of unnecessary force by the Federal government.
“Protest is a universal ingredient for democracy. And, in the instant case, it is coming at a time when the voice of reason has expressed the deepest concern about the state of insecurity and woes in this country, which has never been so precarious, polarized and divided, since the Civil War.”