A group of Nigerian activists on Thursday besieged the Nigerian House in New York to protest the detention of the convener of RevolutionNow protests, Omoyele Sowore by the administration of president Muhammadu Buhari.
The protesters who bore placards with some inscriptions such as Free Sowore now, free Nigeria from the shackles of Buhari’s incompetence, Sowore, an advocate of the masses, freedom of speech and to protest is my right,” demanded the immediate release of the publisher of Sahara Reporters.
Leader of the protesters, and Executive Director, Nigeria Democratic Liberty Forum Bukola Oreofe, who addressed the audience vowed to welcome Buhari with protests when he arrives New York next week for the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations.
“The corruption continues because there is enough to go around for everybody but we don’t have enough to go around for the greedy.
“And Nigerians are demanding through Sowore that good governance is the hallmark of democracy, that Nigerians deserve a better life.
“So, we are also insisting now and we are demanding that Omoyele Sowore should be released and should be released now.
“He has to be released unconditionally. Sowore has to be released unconditionally. We are not going to beg because this time we are at the point of no return.
“Sowore understands the people, Sowore is giving voice to the people. Sowore ran in an election which we all know was a sham. It was a case of distributing numbers.
“Yeah, we are humbled by the number they gave Sowore, but that does not mean that Sowore has abdicated his right to be able to speak out for the despondency in Nigeria.
“So, we are here today to demand that Sowore should be released. The Nigerian government as represented here by the Consul General or whosoever is there, we are demanding that all you are doing to Sowore is a breach of his fundamental human right as guaranteed by the United Nations Charter, African Union Charter, EU Charter and the charter of humanity” Oreofe said.
“On Tuesday, September 24, we will be at the United Nations. We are aware that the President is coming and we will be there in large numbers to be able to speak out and tell Buhari to go back home and fix Nigeria and of course, release Sowore. Enough is enough,” he added.
Buhari will this weekend travel to the US for the UN General Assembly.