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Don’t allow Buhari to collapse democracy, HURIWA urges Nigerians

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The Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA) has described the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow protest at the Federal High Court, Abuja, by operatives of the Department of State Service (DSS) as atrocious and a well-coordinated plot to destroy democracy and constitutionalism in the country.

In a statement yesterday by the National Coordinator of the association, Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA said the desecration of the temple of justice by men of the DSS was an affront on the principle of rule of law and a desecration of the Nigerian constitution.

The group challenged Nigerians to “wake up and smell the coffee before this democracy collapses because what happened in court is a total breach of Section 6 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 as amended.”

HURIWA said Sowore’s re-arrest was another in the series of open and orchestrated plots to undermine democracy by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

It also accused the administration of plotting to destroy the independence of the judiciary, institute a police state and ultimately destroy constitutional democracy to make way for the emergence of a single party state and totalitarianism.

“What took place at the premises of the Federal High Court could be likened to a scene in the Nollywood movie. But unfortunately, it was in real life and beamed to millions of people in the world. It is tragic that this coup against democracy by the DSS is coming less than a day after he was released by the DSS after an Abuja Federal High Court ordered for his release within 24 hours,” the group noted.

HURIWA, therefore, urged Nigerians to speak out and defend democracy before it is late. “We condemn this brazen display of executive and security rascality by the DSS and we believe that only Nigerians with the help of world leaders can save democracy from the imminent death,” it added.


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