Popular human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over the arrest of Omoyele Sowore, 2019 presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Ozekhome said; “Dancing on the street saying we don’t want bad governance how does that amount to a treasonable felony?”
“This government is allergic to plurality of voices, this government is allergic to criticism, this government is allergic to opinions. This government should know that Nigeria is a country with many colours.”
“You cannot sample opinions. We cannot all sleep on the same bed. This government should learn to be tolerant. That allegation is most plural, most damning and most illogical from the government or security spokespersons.”
“What is treason? For the definition of treason, you have to look at Sections 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42 and 43 of the Criminal Code which applies in the Southern part of Nigeria.”
“Then you must look at Section 410 of the Penal Code that applies in the Northern part of Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Treason is the act of overthrowing the sovereign government of a state.”
Sowore was arrested by the DSS because he called for a nationwide protest, tagged; ‘RevolutionNow’.