Presidency plays down outrage trailing Sowore’s rearrest as CSOs threaten mass action/ Adesina

The Presidency has played down the dusts trailing the rearrest of Convener of #RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services (DSS) last week.

NVS had earlier reported how operatives of the secret police had invaded the Federal High Court in Abuja last Friday to rearrest Sowore and his co-accused, Olawale Bakare—less than 24 hours after they were released.

Both were released last week Thursday night by the DSS—after flouting several court orders earlier demanding their release.

Their rearrest on Friday has been generating dusts across several quarters, with many describing the act as a threat to the country’s democracy.

But speaking on Monday while appearing on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, dismissed claims his rearrest has caused uproar in the country.

According to him, those insinuating an uproar are merely doing so based on few sections of people airing their dissatisfaction with the development.

He further defended the DSS, maintaining the various videos making the rounds on social media were not a reflection of what happened in court.

His words: “I don’t particularly agree with you when you say a lot of Nigerians (are not happy), you know that all this noise has been coming from less than 100,000 Nigerians. And the noise will be so loud that you think it is the whole country.

“It is a country of 198 million people. When just 100,000 are making noise in the social and traditional media, you would think the whole country is in an uproar. There are millions and millions of people who are not bothered.

“There are millions of people who know what the issues are. So, you cannot just seek the opinion of a local minority and then conclude that the country is in an uproar.”

Meanwhile Coalition of Civil Society organisations (CSOs) have issued a 14-day ultimatum for President Muhammadu Buhari to release Sowore.

Speaking in a statement on Monday through Convener of Enough is Enough (EIE) movement, Yemi Ademolekun, the groups vowed to mobilise Nigerians for mass action should Sowore remain in custody after the ultimatum given elapses.

This was even as they issued five demands to be carried out by Buhari which include obeying all court orders and release of all those illegally rearrested by his government.

The statement read: “The five demands includes; President Muhammadu Buhari should show accountability as commander-in-chief and address the nation on his commitment to the rule of law and human rights.

“The release of all illegally detained persons by Department of State Service (DSS) as reviewed by Amnesty International, Premium Times and Punch newspaper in recent times.

“That the government obey all pending court orders. An investigation of the officer who violated protocols and circumstances leading circumstances leading to the second arrest of Omoyele Sowore. Unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore.

“If these five demands are not honoured within 14 days, we call on patriots across Nigerians to join us to join us as we occupy National Human Rights Commission offices across the country as it is legally mandated to protect Nigerians and also report to presidency.”