RevolutionNow: Sowore Speaks From Detention, Tells Nigerians What To Do

RevolutionNow: Sowore Speaks From Detention, Tells Nigerians What To Do

Omoyele Sowore in DSS detention/Take It Back Movement on Facebook

The convener of the RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore, has expressed happiness over the fact that the protest went ahead in parts of the country.

Sowore was on Saturday arrested in his home in Lagos by men of Department for Secret Services (DSS), following his announcement to shut down Nigeria with ‘protests, beginning from 5th August, 2019.

The Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the 2019 election expressed gratitude to Nigerians and the international community for their support, urging them to pour out to the streets in protest against bad governance in the country.

He spoke during the visit of the “Take It Back Movement” to the DSS facility where he is being held, Sowore said “I would like to assure everyone that I am being treated well and in very good health.

“I am pleased that the peaceful #RevolutionNow protests went ahead.

“However, knowledge of the sheer number of innocent Nigerians being arrested for exercising their civil rights bothers me.

“I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the police on Monday.”

Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, Director, Media and Communication of the movement, in a statement on Monday, said that Sowore was in high spirits.

According to a statement released on Monday evening, “At 6pm today, 5th August, 2019, members of the Take it Back Movement were allowed to visit with our convener, Omoyele Sowore, for the first time since his armed abduction in the early hours last Saturday, August 3.

“We met him in high spirits, unmoved by the events of the last few days.

“The officers allowed us to present him with food as Sowore had refused all meals since his capture.

“We are also happy to confirm that Take it Back members will be allowed to bring him food daily as per his wishes.

“The freedom fighter was quick to ask about the movement and supporters as he is aware that there will be a lot of worry about his wellbeing.

“Indeed, the silver lining in today’s unrest lies in the knowledge that truly, you cannot stop an idea whose time has come.

“The Take it Back Movement will continue to agitate for his release as well as that of comrades whose voices this oppressive regime has tried to silence.

“This visit was a small win; but we will not rest until we are free and free indeed.”


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Donatus Anichukwueze is a journalism graduate from the Lagos State University, School of Communication. He's a writer with special interest in technology, sports, entertainment and politics. He's also a true and true Chelsea FC fan.


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