Femi Falana has accused President Buhari of clamping down on individuals and organizations that are critical of his official policies or perceived marginalisation, in a statement he released in reaction to the arrest of Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Former Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) was arrested at his Ikeja home on Saturday August 3, over a ‘Revolution’ protest scheduled for today August 5.
Accusing the Police of capitalizing on the use of the word “revolution” to criminalise the protests, Femi Falana questioned why leaders of the APC were not charged for claiming to have carried out Nigeria’s democratic revolution which terminated the 16-year rule of the PDP in 2015.
The statement reads: “No doubt, the Nigeria Police Force has capitalized on the use of the word “revolution” to criminalise the protests. If revolution has become a criminal offence in Nigeria why were the leaders of the APC not charged for claiming to have carried out Nigeria’s democratic revolution which terminated the 16-year rule of the PDP in 2015?
“Why was Dr Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, the presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) not threatened with treason when he asked Nigerians to rise up for revolution via the 2019 general election?
“Did all Nigerian senators led by APC members not commit treason or terrorism when they spent one and a half hours on May 14, 2019 to debate Senator Chukwuka Utazi’s timely motion on “Bridging the gap between the haves and have-not to nip in the bud the seeds of a looming violent revolution?”
He noted that “it is worrisome that the Buhari administration has decided to extend the ambit of the Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act to cover individuals and organisations that are critical of official policies or perceived marginalisation within the federation.”