Free Omoyele Şoworę and other journalists NOW!

Free Omoyele Şoworę and other journalists NOW!

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Femi Melord started this petition to The Despotic Nigerian Government

This is a plea to keep free speech alive in Nigeria. Journalists are being attacked and put in detention day by day. Court orders are flagrantly disregarded without a care. Every human being who has a capacity for empathy and fairness should be troubled by what is occurring in Nigeria.

Õmoyęle Şoworę, renowned journalist, Human rights activist and a presidential candidate in the last general elections has been in detention since August 3, 2019. He is being held on charges of conspiracy and treason by calling for a protest against the government of General. M Buhari, who himself vowed to make the country chaotic and "ungovernable" when he lost in the general elections in 2011.

The most scary part of these all is that Nigeria yet vaunts herself as a "democratic" nation. I think it is high time the whole world paid attention to the bloodshed and the ongoing stifling of opposing voices to the government.

After all, a solid opposition is the bedrock of good governance. Presently,  the Nigerian Legislature is considering  a "Hate Speech Bill" geared towards having a death sentence for any criticism of the government. This is almost 2020! 

How would a country of almost 200 Million people be gagged?

Why won't the Nigerian government welcome criticism if it plans to do right by its citizenry?

The government is a law unto itself. It selects with the prongs of Impunity, the ingrédients of Law it chooses to nibble on.

Right now, it is a tense atmosphere in the country. The insecurity is crippling the nation, and the younger generation is fast learning that Justice is a commodity bandied about in speeches, but elusive in reality.

These agents of truth need to be released for the country to thrive. 

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