DSS does not necessarily need Buhari’s permission to arrest Sowore

Ebun Francis| The Presidency on Sunday broke its silence over last Friday’s rearrest of the leader of the #RevolutioNow movement, Omoloye Sowore by the Department of State Services as it stated that the agency does not necessarily need the permission of President Muhammadu Buhari to arrest persons of interest like the detained activist.

The presidency’s position was made public via a statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.

According to Shehu, the DSS does not necessarily need the permission of the Presidency in all cases to carry out its essential responsibilities that are laid down in the Nigerian Constitution – which was the foundation for the restoration of democracy in our country in 1999.

He further noted that it should not surprise anyone who has followed Sowore’s actions and words that the he is a person of interest to the DSS following his call for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria.

“He did so on television, and from a privileged position as the owner of a widely-read digital newspaper run from the United States of America.

“He founded an organisation, Revolution Now, to launch, in their own words, “Days of Rage”, with the publicised purpose of fomenting mass civil unrest and the elected administration’s overthrow.”

According to Shehu, no government will allow anybody to openly call for destabilization in the country and do nothing, stressing that Sowore is no ordinary citizen expressing his views freely on social media and the internet.

He said, “He was a presidential candidate himself, who ran – and lost – as the flag bearer of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the February 23 general elections.”

“To believe in and desire an armed revolution is not normal amongst ‘human rights activists’, as Sowore has been incorrectly described.

“Again, it is no surprise that he should be a person of interest to the DSS.

“Nigeria is already dealing with an insurgency that has left millions of people displaced and desperate in the northeastern region of our country.

“The Boko Haram militants, who are behind the violence, also fancy themselves to be fighting for some sort of revolution.

“Nigerians do not need another spate of lawlessness and loss of lives all in the name of ‘revolution’, especially not one that is orchestrated by a man who makes his home in faraway New York – and who can easily disappear and leave behind whatever instability he intends to cause, to wit, Nnamdi Kanu.”

Shehu concluded that the Sowore case is a matter for the DSS, acting under its powers.

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