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Peterside, Ezekwesili, others berate government for re-arresting Sowore

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Nigerians have risen up in fierce condemnation against the government and its security agencies for the gang style re-arrest of publisher of the online news medium Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore.

He was re-arrested at the court in Abuja on Friday, shortly after he had appeared before a judge.

The condemnation of the government action is a complete abuse of the law said Atedo Peterside, the former banker known for speaking his mind.

According to Peterside who is the president & founder, Anap Foundation set up to promote good governance in Africa, “sadly, this is no longer about Sowore alone. It is now more about Nigeria advertising itself globally as a rogue state where various government officials and or agencies believe that they can decide if or when it suits them to respect the law.”

In her rebuke, Oby Ezekwesili, a former minister of education said, “the whole world is watching the video of officials of the state security service which you (Buhari) directly supervises brutally violate the constitutional rights of a citizen inside a court and desecrated the judiciary, an independent arm of government.”

Olufemi Babalola called the action an “absolute disrespect for the rule of law, disregard for civilized norms.”

He asked that President Muhammadu Buhari should apologise to Nigerians.

Tochukwu Nsofor dismissed the Buhari administration as “a government that preaches ease of doing business but will not obey the court ruling.”

Olusegun Agbabiaka said “the Sowore situation exemplifies the statelessness of the Nigerian state.”