Carelessness Of Buhari's Govt Has Resulted In Several Deaths - Soyinka
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka. Source: Facebook

Nobel laureate Professor Wole Soyinka has knocked the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for charging the publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, with treason, Concise News reports.

Soyinka, in a statement, said the government “has indeed attained an unprecedented level of paranoia” over the “improbable” charges that include “insulting” President Muhammadu Buhari.

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This online news medium reported that the charges against the activist became public on Friday, more than a month after Sowore was detained by the State Security Service for planning the #RevolutionNow protest.

The SSS obtained a court order authorising Sowore to be held for 45 days in the first instance.

Last week, security forces laid a siege to the offices of Sahara Reporters in Lagos, in a bid to stop a protest demanding Sowore’s release.

Soyinka slammed the government’s charges, saying the nation had failed to learn from its past.

Read the full statement:

This is utterly depressing news. So, the Sowore affair has moved beyond harassment and taken on a sinister direction. Outside the country where I happened to be engaged at the moment, I can testify that the immediate reaction around me was to dismiss this as yet another grotesque product of Fake News, of which Nigerians have become the greatest practitioners. I confess that I also joined in this school of thought – at he start.

Further checks have however confirmed that this government has indeed attained an unprecedented level of paranoia. I do not believe that the Justice department itself believes in these improbable charges, as formally publicised. So, once again, we inscribe n our annals another season of treasonable felony, History still guards some lessons we have yet to digest, much less from which to learn.

Welcome to the Club, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.