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Those now in power protested against Jonathan – Gani Adams blasts Buhari govt

Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has joined other Nigerians calling for the release of the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (ACC), Omoyele Sowore.

The editor of Sahara Reporters and convener, Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria, was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS) for a planned revolutionary protest that was held in some states but was thwarted by security agencies.

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In a statement on Monday by his special media assistant, Kehinde Aderemi, Adams said the detention was an abuse of human rights, stating that the planned revolutionary protest cannot be said to be treacherous since it had not yet been implemented as in the moment when Sowore was arrested.

Adams said it was unfortunate that Nigerians usually forgot the events and memories of the past, adding that Nigeria’s problems emanated from the military dictatorship that was against freedom of expression and expression.

He said: “Not everyone can have access to the presidency in Abuja. This is a democracy, not militarism, where people are intimidated and imprisoned for issues related to their well-being.

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“Sowore is an activist and was part of the fight for this democracy. Therefore, he has the right to express his feelings and those of the Nigerians in a democratic environment.

“I think the federal government should consider their freedom as a panacea for peace. For example, I wonder how a peaceful protest of citizens without arms will now become a treacherous crime.

“Unfortunately, many of the people in the halls of power today were part of the protests against former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, but today the situation has changed.”

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“I fear they wanted to push the nation back to those years of the armed forces, where people’s rights to freedom and other fundamental human rights were alien to the armed forces.

“Even in countries that have good institutions and good welfare policies, citizens still organize peaceful protests, and the government will surely listen to them.

“As an activist and promoter of peace, I participated in several demonstrations and protests. On each occasion, we consulted widely, taking into account many factors, including the rights of Nigerians to embark on demonstrations, also noting that such rights should not result in a violent or energetic protest

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“Nigeria is a democratic republic. Therefore, the illegal detention of people can lead to more crises, and the Federal Government must try its best to avoid this by listening to the cries of the Nigerians.

“The Federal Government must free Sowore and formulate policy programs that have a direct impact on the mass of the people,” Adams concluded.