Senior special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity,Garba Shehu, has dismissed what he described as insinuation on the detention of Omoyele Sowore of the Revolution now movement by the Department of State Services saying that the organisation does not need the permission of the Presidency to carry out its responsibilities as laid out in the constitution.
In a press release today,the presidential spokesman said the constitution is the foundation of democracy saying that Sowores threat to organise a revolution to remove the democratically elected government is against the tenet of democracy.
Said he,”The DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution – which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999.”
He averred further that development in the polity should not surprise anyone who has followed Sowores actions and words that “Sowore is a person of interest to the DSS.”
Garba recalled that Sowore has called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria adding,”he did so on television, and from a privileged position as the owner of a widely read digital newspaper run from the United States of America.”
The presidential spokesman also recalled that the detained leader of the Revolution Now movement did so in order in his own words,” to launch, in their own words, “Days of Rage”, with the publicised purpose of fomenting mass civil unrest and the elected administration’s overthrow.”
Based on this he declared that no government will allow anybody to openly call for destabilization in the country and do nothing.
“Mr. Sowore is no ordinary citizen expressing his views freely on social media and the internet.
He was a presidential candidate himself, who ran – and lost – as the flag bearer of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 23 general elections.” He declared.
According to Garba,”Nigeria’s democracy was a long time in the making, and was achieved after decades of often harsh, military-led overthrows of government: the kind of situation Sowore was advocating,” and observed that to believe in and desire armed revolution is not normal amongst ‘human rights activists’, as Sowore has been incorrectly described.
As a result,he said it is not suprising that,the detained leader” should be a person of interest to the DSS.”
Apparently justifying the DSS reason for detaining Sowore,the presidents spokesman said that the country is already dealing with an insurgency that has left millions of people displaced and desperate in the northeastern region of our country adding that the Boko Haram militants, who are behind the violence, “also fancy themselves to be fighting for some sort of revolution.”
In conclusion,he said that since Nigerians do not need another spate of lawlessness and loss of lives all in the name of ‘revolution’, especially not one that is orchestrated by a man who makes his home in far away New York – and who can easily disappear and leave behind whatever instability he intends to cause, to wit, Nnamdi Kanu,”the matter is for the DSS, acting under its powers.”