Former Education minister and presidential candidate in the 2019 elections, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, has called out President Muhammadu Buhari for the continued detention of Sahara Reporters publisher and activist, Omoyele Sowore, even after a court has granted him bail.
Sowore, 48, was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) on August 3, 2019 after calling for a nationwide revolution against the government of Buhari.
On September 20, 2019, the federal government slammed Sowore with charges bordering on alleged treasonable felony, fraud, money laundering and cyber-stalking.
However, Ezekwesili says the buck stops at the president’s desk.
“President Buhari, what is Sowore still doing in your DSS detention room? You as Nigeria’s president are undermining our constitutional democracy by disobeying court orders.
Such action emasculates our Judiciary as it contravenes the principle of separation of powers. STOP!” Ezekwesili shared on Twitter.
“Should the Buhari supervised DSS fail to release Sowore before close of business today, let no one believe any ruse they put up as their reason for infringing our Constitution.
“There is no doubt that the government of President Buhari hates dissension. It won’t work.
“So once again, I join other citizens to say to President Buhari, #RespectOurConstitution #ObeyCourtOrders #StopTyranny #FreeSoworeNow. There is no laurel in being a despot in the age of freedom”, she added.