Thursday, September 23, 2021

Mr Allen Sowore is one of the brothers of Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow. He tells PETER DADA the position of the family on the rearrest of his brother

What is your view about Omoyele Sowore’s rearrest and continued detention by the State Security Service?

His rearrest and continued detention is condemnable. I’m happy every discernible Nigerian and men and women of good conscience all over the world have expressed deep concerns over the ugly development. It is undoubtedly an orchestrated plan to keep him detained for no just reason. He is being persecuted because of his audacity to continue to expose corruption and government malfeasance. But that has been his calling for a very long time. He was there during the military era – he was against military misrule. He joined many leaders to struggle for the attainment of this democracy. He has always been a hero.

Were you in court on the day he was rearrested?

No. Many a time, I don’t have the emotional strength to stand this persecution. It is touching. How do I stand watching an innocent person being dragged in an open court apparently for standing for the people? How do I stand watching a man who left his lovely family to sacrifice for Nigeria being treated like a condemned criminal? This is unjust. It is unfortunate.

I think my brother is being unfairly treated because of his hard stance on having a better Nigeria and as a journalist who wants a better country. My brother hates injustice and detests corruption. Above all, he is courageous. He likes to speak truth to power irrespective of who is involved. Now, he is paying the price for being bold in a country of conformists.

So why do you think the retired Major General Muhammadu Buhari regime is holding your brother despite court order granting him bail?

That is a story for another day. In the days ahead, I will tell you the real reason why he is being incarcerated. The time has not come.

What do you think about the fact that Buhari even called for revolution after the Egyptian revolution of 2011 and has been part of several protests in the country?

Nigeria is not a just country. If you look at this country critically, sometimes, it appears that it is structured for the northerners to punish the southerners. It is a tale of two cities; one for the rich and the other for the poor. Sometimes, it appears that the laws are to be obeyed by the South and that the North is at liberty to break the law.

The mere fact that the alleged offence was committed in Lagos and he is being tried in Abuja raises enough suspicions. Is there no Federal High Court in Lagos where he could be arraigned? The way it looks, it is following the pattern of the travails of Chief M.K.O. Abiola and Chief Obafemi Awolowo and we must be watchful. Every day, Nigeria allows ‘Barabbas to go and crucifies Jesus’. That is a word for the wise.

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