Sowore’s Attack: Are We At War? ― Dr. Joe Odumakin Queries FG


Sowore’s Attack: Are We At War? ― Dr. Joe Odumakin Queries FG

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, widow of the late human rights activist, Yinka Odumakin, has took a break from her self-imposed three-month mourning period to condemn the reported shooting of former presidential candidate and publisher of online news medium, SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore, who was injured by a tear gas canister fired by a police operative in Abuja.

Sowore, who is the convener of the #RevolutionNow and #BuhariMustGo campaigns, was preparing to hold a rally with some associates when the incident happened at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, on Monday.

Reacting in a statement titled, ‘Are we at war? Mourning Joe Okei Odumakin asks FG’, Okei-Odumakin, who is also an activist and the President of Centre for Change, urged the Federal Government not to further heat up the polity by abusing the fundamental human rights of citizens.

Some part reads; “This is unacceptable! Nigeria is a democratic country under law and not a dictatorship or banana republic.

“Freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of movement are some of the fundamental human rights granted to Nigerian citizens by the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“The widely-expressed flaws of this Constitution notwithstanding, it still charges journalists to hold the government accountable to the people.

“It accords the people the right of peaceful protest, especially when drawing government officials’ attention to their failings and the expectations of citizens from them, which is legitimate.

“We, therefore, condemn the shooting of Sowore as barbaric and an infringement of his rights under the law.”

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