Elder statesman, Professor Wole Soyinka, on Saturday condemned Friday’s arraignment of Omoleye Sowore by the federal government for treasonable felony and other counts, stating that regime “has indeed attained an unprecedented level of paranoia.”
The Nobel laureate who describe the decision as depressing, warned the government against the use of force to clampdown on citizens exercising their fundamental human rights.
In a statement he personally signed, he explained that he initially thought the news of the charges filed against Sowore was fake, stating that he does not expect those who filed the charges to believe them.
The government on Friday filed seven counts charge bordering on treasonable felony and money laundering against the Sowore, the main leader of the #RevolutioNow movement.
Soyinka’s full statement below…
This is utterly depressing news. So, the Sowore affair has moved beyond harassment and taken on a sinister direction.
Outside the country where I happened to be engaged at the moment, I can testify that the immediate reaction around me was to dismiss this as yet another grotesque product of Fake News, of which Nigerians have become the greatest practitioners.
I confess that I also joined in this school of thought – at the start. Further checks have, however, confirmed that this government has indeed attained an unprecedented level of paranoia.
I do not believe that the Justice Department itself believes in these improbable charges, as formally publicised.
So, once again, we inscribe in our annals another season of treasonable felony, History still guards some lessons we have yet to digest, much less from which to learn.
Welcome to the Club, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.