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RevolutionNow: Ijaw groups blow hot over Sowore’s continued detention

A coalition of Ijaw groups, the Movement for the survival of the Ijaw ethnicity in the Niger Delta (MOSIEND) and the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide, have called for the immediate and unconditional release of the political activist, Omoyele Sowore, who recently asked for a ‘RevolutionNow’ protest in Nigeria.

The National Secretary of MOSIEND, Emb. Winston Amain expressed his sadness over the high level of repression of citizens’ freedom to participate in peaceful protests and called for the unconditional release of Sowore.

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Amain, in a statement issued by email, said the country could not continue to wallow in poverty and insecurity and then pretend that everything is fine, insisting that “we cannot continue to die and applaud.”

He urged all ethnic groups to support Sowore’s call to protest and noted that Nigerians must stand up against tyranny, corruption, oppression, and nepotism for the country to develop.

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MOSIEND further stated that the people of the Niger Delta cannot continue to live as a conquered people in their land and asked the president, Muhammadu Buhari, to release Sowore immediately and unconditionally.

For its part, the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide in a statement signed by the faction president, Barr. Eric Omare demanded the immediate release of Sowore, who was arrested in a commando-style by officers of the State Security Directorate (DSS) in the early hours of Saturday, August 3, 2019, for his national protest plan.