Human Rights Crusader and Convener of the RevolutionNow movement, Omoyele Sowore, has spoken for the first time since his arrest in a Lagos hotel, by Operatives of the Department of State Security Services, DSS, on Saturday morning.
The Activist, who urged Nigerians to pour out to the streets to protest against bad governance in the country, was picked up and detained, so as to scuttle the planned March in 21 States of the Federation.
Angered by the arrest of their Leader, members of the movement mobilised aggrieved individuals and took to the streets of major cities, despite the heavy security presence aimed at stopping them.
During a visit by members of the Take It Back Movement to the DSS facility where he is being held, Sowore, who has refused to eat meals given to him all along by the DSS, thanked Nigerians and the international community for their support, assuring everyone that he is in good health, and has so far been treated fairly in detention.
He said: “I would like to assure everyone that I am being treated well, and in very good health.
“I am pleased that the peaceful #RevolutionNow protests went ahead.
“However, knowledge of the sheer number of innocent Nigerians being arrested for exercising their civil rights bothers me.
“I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the Police on Monday.”
Confirming that Sowore is in high spirits and happy that the planned protests went ahead, despite his detention in the DSS cell, Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, the Director, Media and Communication of the Movement, gave a detailed account of the meeting in a statement, on Monday night.
The statement said: “At 6pm today, 5th August, 2019, members of the Take it Back Movement were allowed to visit with our Convener, Omoyele Sowore, for the first time since his armed abduction in the early hours last Saturday, August 3.
“We met him in high spirits, unmoved by the events of the last few days.
“The Officers allowed us to present him with food, as Sowore had refused all meals since his capture.
“We are also happy to confirm that Take it Back members will be allowed to bring him food daily as per his wishes.
“The freedom fighter was quick to ask about the Movement and supporters, as he is aware that there will be a lot of worry about his well being.
“Indeed, the silver lining in today’s unrest lies in the knowledge that truly, you cannot stop an idea whose time has come.
“The Take it Back Movement will continue to agitate for his release, as well as that of Comrades whose voices this oppressive regime has tried to silence.
“This visit was a small win; but we will not rest until we are free and free indeed.”