Shehu Sani, the former Senator representing Kaduna Central, has vehemently condemned the trial of Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters.
According to Sani, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has created fears in the country. He noted that the charges against Sowore had stained the human rights records of the Buhari’s administration.
Read the statement by Mr. Sani who is currently the Executive Director, African Centre for Peace and Development
“Sowore’s trial is unnecessary and uncalled for because it would only further stain the human rights record of this administration, diminish and dent the moral standing of our country.
“There is a climate of fear, intimidation and intolerance in the country and this contradicts the philosophy of progressivism the ruling establishment purports.
“The nation’s democracy is imperiled by a growing state culture of intolerance of dissent and opposing opinions.
“The President’s desire to build and leave behind an anti corruption legacy and tower should not be cited in the human rights graveyard.
“If the ruling establishment is confident of its moral standing and support base, it should defeat Sowore with superior ideas and not persecute him.
“Sowore’s charges amount to electrocution of freedom.
“The democratic credential of any elected government is not simply about the legitimacy of its mandate, but about the degree of its tolerance of dissent and its compliance with the fundamental principles of freedom.
“I appeal to the Federal Government to drop the charges filed against Sowore.
“Our democracy is becoming inhabitable and inhospitable to its ideal content.
“When a state equates dissent to disloyalty, it progressively decays under the weight of its courtiers.”
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.