By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
A human rights group, the Centre for the Vulnerable & Underprivileged CENTREP) on Monday called on President Muhammadu to immediately release Mr. Omoyele Sowore on bail from the custody of the Department of State Security (DSS).
The group also condemned Sowore’s call for a revolution against the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
This is coming as the planned revolution which is expected to take place nationwide on August 5, failed to hold in Warri and its environs and in other places in Delta State.
CENTREP Executive Director, Mr. Oghenejabor Ikimi Esq said he is calling for the release of Sowore because President Buhari called for a revolution in 2011 through his Aide, Mr. Odumakin.
The legal practitioner said,”The Egyptians were able to oust former President Hosni Mubarak.
“On that basis his Government should release Omoyele immediately. However, I am not in support of a revolution in this Country.
” If a revolution starts now, those who called for it, will fly out of the Country and it is the poor masses that will suffer the brunt violent change of Government.”
Ikimi said Section 39 Subsection 31 gives every citizens the right to freedom of expression and peaceful Assembly stressing that it does not recognize revolution.
Ikimi also added that Section 45 Subsection 1 of the Constitution said the State can withdraw the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful Assembly of any citizen if there’s a threat to defence, security, public peace, morality and public order.
While noting that the a revolution is not needed at the moment in the Country, Ikimi said,”Omoyele should keep his revolution till 2023 and express it through the ballot box.”
Ikimi noted that people are suffering the consequences of Arab spring.
“In Lybia, there is no peace. In Egypt, the Muslim brotherhood took over and the President is Ceci. The Army still rule Eguyp till tomorrow. There is no peace in Sudan as a result of the protest match which saw the removal of Umar Al Bashir.”
Ikimi warned that those supporting Omoyele’s call for a revolution should be careful.
“Wole Soyinka will fly out of the Country if the revolution starts. Come through the ballot box.”
While noting that he is not of the policies of President Muhammadu Buhari, Ikimi said,”I will never call for a revolutionary match against his Government. “