CSOs flay fresh protest led by Sowore
A coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) and other peace and rights advocacy groups have condemned the attempt by Mr. Omoyele Sowore to re-ignite the #EndSARS protests using Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as launchpad.
Specifically, the coalition numbering over 108 accused Sowore, the owner of Sahara Reporters, of surreptitious attempts to resuscitate the rested protest, to blackmail the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The organisations maintained that the move was a potential threat to national security and public safety, considering the magnitude of the hijack of the recent protest by hoodlums. Last Sunday’s protest by Sowore and a few of his cohorts in Abuja triggered an emergency meeting yesterday by the group.
In a statement signed by the National Coordinator, Dr. Tunde Aremu; National Secretary, Chimbuchi Akuabata; and Coordinator, Women Support of the Coalition, Hadiza Hamza, the group described as unacceptable and repugnant events at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
It argued that apart from disturbing the free flow of traffic within and around Abuja, Sowore’s plan was detrimental to attempts by the government to address the fundamental issues raised by the original #EndSARS protesters.
Accordingly, the stakeholders called on youths to resist Sowore’s antics, especially due to his antecedents. Sowore had championed what he considered as a ‘revolution’ against the government, which led to his arrest and trial for treason before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Among other conditions for his bail, trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, had restricted the activist’s movement to Abuja and barred him from addressing public gatherings.
The group upbraided the fresh protesters for defacing roads with ‘EndSARS’ inscription. It said the publisher had moved his family members outside the country to deliberately further his evil agenda against the country.