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Falz Speaks On The Arrest Of Omoyele Sowore

Nigerian entertainer cum social critic, Falz has joined the list of prominent Nigerians to weigh in on the recent arrest of human right activist, Omoyele Sowore, a Nigerian human rights activist, pro-democracy campaigner, former presidential candidate, and founder of online news agency Sahara Reporters.

Sowore was picked up by the Department of State Services (DSS), some days ago for his role in planning the #RevolutionNow protest.

Omoyele Sowore

[FILE] Omoyele Sowore, the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress

The Nigeria Police Force accused the convener of #RevolutionNow Protests, Sowore and the Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria of trying to force a regime change in the country. The Police said inciting Nigerians, home and abroad, to join a planned ‘revolution’ march against the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on Monday, August 5, amounts to treasonable felony and acts of terrorism.

Sowore’s arrest has, however, drawn widespread condemnation, with Nigerians calling for his immediate release.

Falz

Falz the Bahd Guy

Reacting to the arrest, Falz said:

What we are facing is a build-up of the several years of neglect of the welfare of our people. Our government’s constant disregard for the loss of lives of many Nigerians.”

He added,

The ridiculous rate of poverty and unemployment that afflicts us. This is not a time to arrest anyone but to listen to the voices of the masses. Organizing a protest march does not in any way amount to treason. #FreeSowore Immediately!”

Prior to his arrest, Sowore had been sensitising a critical mass of Nigerians, through various platforms, in readiness for #RevolutionNow, a series of planned protests against bad governance.

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