The European Union has reacted to the arrest and detention of Omoyele Sowore by the Department of the State Services (DSS).
According to the EU, peaceful protests remain the main part of democracy.
Ketil Karlsen, the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, while reacting to the development noted that the EU would not tell Nigeria how to run its internal affairs.
The EU position came following a question by Punch. The newspaper had asked the EU Ambassador the position of the EU over the situation.
“The European Union stands firm on the principles of freedom of speech and our fundamental values. Of course, it is important in any democratic society for people to be able to participate,” Karlsen told Punch.
“I am not aware of any petition following the latest events in Nigeria but what I can say is that as long as people seek peaceful means to demonstrate and voice their political opinion, this is what we see as a natural part of a thriving democracy.
“Of course, any democracy or any society in the world must jealously guard and make sure that such pronouncements are always non-violent and that they respect the fundamental rules of the game and democracy at the end of the day and it is for the Nigerian justice system, in the end, to follow up on specific cases and as long as these cases are being dealt with in the Nigerian justice system, it is not for the EU or the EU ambassador to judge what is right or wrong in these occasions but of course we always follow very carefully when there are dissenting voices in the countries where we operate and we listen very carefully to all of them,” the EU ambassador noted.
Naija Buzz News had reported how the operatives of the DSS arrested Sowore at his residence in Lagos. His arrest came 2 days before the launch of the #RevolutionNow protest.
We reported earlier today that Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja granted the DSS permission to detain Sowore for 45 more days to enable the secret service investigate him.
Sowore who is spearheading the #RevolutionNow protest might by charged with treason felony as the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Muhammad, had warned that the planned protest was a treasonable offence.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.