Okei-Odumakin labels Sowore’s shooting barbaric

Okei-Odumakin labels Sowore’s shooting barbaric
Omoyele Sowore

Joe Okei-Odumakin, widow of the late Afenifere spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, has condemned the alleged shooting of former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore.

WUZUPNIGERIA reported that the convener of the #RevolutionNow and #BuhariMustGo campaigns was injured by a tear gas canister fired by a police operative in Abuja at the Unity Fountain in Abuja, on Monday while preparing to hold a rally.

In a statement released on Monday, Okei-Odumakin labelled the reported shooting as a barbaric act and an infringement on Sowore's right under the law.

The right activist, in the statement titled, 'Are we at war? Mourning Joe Okei Odumakin asks FG', cautioned the Federal Government against further heating up the polity.

She said, "This is unacceptable! Nigeria is a democratic country under law and not a dictatorship or banana republic.

"Freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of movement are some of the fundamental human rights granted to Nigerian citizens by the 1999 Constitution as amended.

"The widely-expressed flaws of this Constitution notwithstanding, it still charges journalists to hold the government accountable to the people.

"It accords the people the right of peaceful protest, especially when drawing government officials' attention to their failings and the expectations of citizens from them, which is legitimate.

"We, therefore, condemn the shooting of Sowore as barbaric and an infringement of his rights under the law.

"These rights include the right to life, which is basic and which no government or its agents can breach in a whimsical way.

"We ask the Federal authorities to call the police to order, fish out the culprits and bring them to trial.

"The country is on tenterhooks already and nothing must be done by the authorities to heat up the polity further.

"We demand prompt and effective treatment of Sowore and any of his colleagues wounded in the unprovoked assault by the security operatives.

"All men and women of goodwill must condemn this assault and hold the government accountable.

"Patriotic Nigerians committed to securing a better future for our country must not be deterred by this dastardly act aimed at intimidating them but must redouble their efforts and forge ahead until victory is won.

"Nigeria shall be free! And the people shall rejoice!"