Prof. Wole Soyinka has vehemently condemned the charges of treason filed against Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters.
According to the Nobel Laureate, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has attained an unprecedented level of paranoia.
He noted that at first he thought it was another grotesque product of fake news, but further checks however confirmed the news which he described as “utterly depressing”.
The Federal Government had on Friday filed a 7 counts charge against Sowore. The charges came ahead of the expiration of his 45 days detention period granted the Department of State Services (DSS) by the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Here’s how Soyinka reacted;
“This is utterly depressing news. So, the Sowore affair has moved beyond harassment and taken on a sinister direction. Outside the country where I happened to be engaged at the moment, I can testify that the immediate reaction around me was to dismiss this as yet another grotesque product of fake news, of which Nigerians have become the greatest practitioners. I confess that I also joined in this school of thought – at the start,” he said.
“Further checks have however confirmed that this government has indeed attained an unprecedented level of paranoia. I do not believe that the Justice department itself believes in these improbable charges, as formally publicised. So, once again, we inscribe in our annals another season of treasonable felony, History still guards some lessons we have yet to digest, much less from which to learn. Welcome to the Club, Mr. Omoyele Sowore,” he added.
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.