By Ayodele Oluwafemi
Senator Shehu Sani has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately hurt the trial of the convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore saying that doing otherwise would irretrievably dent the image of the president.
Sani while observing that Buhari’s government is making the nation’s democratic space inhabitable and inhospitable.
In a statement on Monday, the former lawmaker said:
“Sowore’s trial is unnecessary and uncalled for, it would only further stain the human rights record of this administration and diminish and dent the moral standing of our country.
“There is a climate of fear, intimidation and intolerance in the country and this contradicts the philosophy of progressivism the ruling establishment purports. The nation’s democracy is imperiled by a growing state culture of intolerance of dissent and opposing opinions.
“The President’s desire to build and leave behind an anti-corruption legacy and tower should not be cited in the Human rights graveyard. If the ruling establishment is confident of its moral standing and support base, it should defeat Sowore with superior ideas and not persecute him.
“Sowore’s charges amount to electrocution of freedom, the Democratic credentials of any elected Government is not simply about the legitimacy of its mandate, but about the degree of its tolerance to dissent and its compliance with the fundamental principles of freedom.
“I appeal to the FG to drop the charges filed against Sowore, Our Democracy is becoming inhabitable and inhospitable to its ideal content.
“When a state equates dissent to disloyalty, it progressively decays under the weight of its courtiers.”