Garba Shehu Omoyele Sowore
The Presidency has insisted that the Muhammadu Buhari administration is not going to enable any particular person or group to incite the general public.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said this in a Facebook publish on Wednesday whereas clarifying the controversy trailing the arrest of Mr Omoyele Sowore.
Shehu pressured that Sowore, the writer of on-line information platform Sahara Reporters, was not arrested as a journalist however for calling for a revolution.
According to him, some worldwide information shops have been making mistake by describing the discharge of the #RevolutionNow motion convener as that of a journalist.
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The presidential aide stated, “For the avoidance of doubt, the Buhari administration has never, since coming into office in 2015, detained a journalist, seized copies of newspapers or shut down a medium of information.”
“No government will allow anybody to openly call for destabilisation in the country and do nothing.
“The government believes strictly in observing the rule of law but must safeguard public security and will not allow troublemakers to incite the public and cause a breakdown of law and order,” he added.
The president’s spokesman accused the activist of calling for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected authorities of Nigeria.
Sowore, in keeping with him, did so on tv and from a privileged place because the proprietor of a widely-read digital newspaper run from the United States.
“He founded an organisation, Revolution Now, to launch, in their own words, “Days of Rage”, with the publicised goal of fomenting mass civil unrest and the elected administration’s overthrow,” Shehu alleged.
He made the clarification a day after the Sahara Reporters writer left the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) after being held for nearly 5 months.
The DSS launched Sowore on Tuesday following the directive of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami.
Malami gave the directive for Sowore’s launch, in addition to that of former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd), who has spent over 4 years in DSS custody.
The DSS arrested Sowore, the writer of on-line media outfit Sahara Reporters, on August 3.
Sowore and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare, are standing trial on a 16-count bordering on treasonable felony and cash laundering amongst different prices.
They have since pleaded not responsible and had been granted bail within the sum of N100 million and N30 million respectively.
The DSS had refused to launch them on bail even after they met their bail utility, forcing Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu to situation a 24-hour order for his or her launch.
Sowore and Bakare had been later launched on December 5, however the Sahara Reporters writer was rearrested barely 24 hours after by the DSS.
Read Garba Shehu’s publish beneath: