Sowore and his friend Bakare were in Department of State Security (DSS) custody for over 150 day on the alleged treason charges.
The presidency is accusing him of mobilizing people against the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, other charges include alliance with proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and planned to mislead public to violently change the government through `#RevolutionNow` protest.
The pro democrats will surely agree with me that freedom of expression is the only way to enjoy genuine democracy.
Though, Nigerian politicians have been paying lips service on the concept of democracy and its entrenchment, in reality it has remained hoax.
One of the cardinal point of constitutional democracy is the respect of the freedom of speech and the total adherence to constitution. It seems the present administration has their own way of defining democracy which is more authoritative.
It is not a surprise for Nigerians to witness the muzzling or brazing rape of this cardinals of democracy under the watch of so-called democrats.
Instead for our president or minister of justice to condemn the act and quickly call them to order, he keeps silent.
Though the Presidency and DSS denied the incidence at the first place but it later apologized to the judge and also the Sowore`s lawyer, Femi Falana for their unprofessional conduct.
Why would DSS refuse to obey court order? If they can be granted an access to suspect or even allowed to keep suspect in their custody, why should they act differently when the same court orders the release of the suspect?
It will be good for DSS to allow court to decide on the case or pass their judgment than continue detaining him in their custody. This unjustifiable treatment meted on sowore or disobeying of court order will create sympathy for the victims and make our democracy a laughing stock in the comity of nations
He shouldn’t allow his image to be tarnished because of the interest of the few. The president has said it in various fora that he will uphold the rule of law.
The doctrine of separation of power should be properly adhered to by the three arms of government. We are not in military junta in which laws are not obeyed. We are in constitutional democracy.
The Department of Security Service (DSS) should be called to order and respect the rulings of the court. Nigeria is above everyone, and the country is indeed need of peaceful coexistence and freedom not agitations and unnecessary chaos!
Idris Mohammed is a Human Right Defender and Public Commentator Wrote from Abuja. He tweets @ Idris4P