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United States is watching! - US senator condemns Buhari on Sowere's rearrest

News Hub Creator 12/7/2019

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It's been less than 24 hours since Nigerians witnessed a blatant abuse of its democracy as State Security Service agents of the government stormed the Federal High Court in Abuja on December 6, in attempt to rearrest convener of the #Revolutionnow movement, Omoyele Sowere, despite two court orders granting his release on bail.

In several viral video clips, Sowere can be seen subject to a choke-hold as agents of the SSS attempted to bundle him back to detention, while acting against the rule of law and the judgement of the court.

Reports have stated that the presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu was 'chased' into her chambers when anarchy broke in the hollow chambers of her court and the question everyone is asking is why the SSS agents are acting like they are above the law and under whose orders?

While answers are yet to be presented and the federal government remains mum about the desecration of the court, it's a different climate in the United States, where Senator Bob Menendez, U.S senator from New Jersey has sent a message to President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a meeting in which Sowere's wife, Opeyemi, was asked to speak on the reality of her husband getting rearrested 12 hours being released, the senator addressed the press and announced that the United States and the whole world is watching.

The senator reiterated that the Nigerian State Security Service openly defiled the court order granting the release of Sowere (husband to a U.S citizen) and stated that it will not be acceptable. Senator Menendez also projected his thoughts on the matter, suggesting that President Buhari is highly out of touch with happenings of the government under his leadership.

His words read: "I have been led to conclude that either Nigeria no longer respects the rule of law or President Buhari is woefully out of touch with what the agents of his government are doing in his name. This is unacceptable in a country that calls itself a democracy," he said.

The clip was shared by Adeola Fayehun on Twitter. Watch the full clip here

Senator Menendez has submitted that his office has contacted the United States ambassador in Nigeria to ask what action the US is taking on the Sowere's family behalf. He also added that he will be engaging with the state department in Washington to ascertain the impact that Sowere's rearrest and the detention of other Nigerian journalists,activists in the country will have on US' relationship with Nigeria.

In the next couple of hours, if Sowere remains detained against court orders, Nigeria's relationship with other countries starting from the US will be reassessd and we all know what this means.

Dear president Buhari, the world is watching.


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