– Senators of the United States of Nigeria have been urged to stay away from Nigeria’s domestic affairs
– The call was made by a civil society organisation Friends of Democracy and Freedom (FDF) over the call for the release of Sowore by Senator Robert Menendez
– The organisation said recent call for the release of the activist by Senator Bob Menendez with Opeyemi Sowore, the wife of Omoyele Sowore is an insult to the sensibilities of Nigerians A civil society organisation in Nigeria has condemned the interference in the country’s domestic affairs by lawmakers in the United States of America.
The Friends of Democracy and Freedom (FDF) urged the US senators especially New Jersey’s Robert Menendez to desist from interfering in Nigeria’s internal democracy. Reacting to Menendez’s call for the release of the publisher of Sahara Reporters’, Omoyele Sowore, who was re-arrested by the State Security Services (SSS) on Friday, December 6, at a Federal High Court, FDF said the senator failed to consider the publisher’s call for a revolution in Nigeria.
Speaking during a press conference in Abuja on Saturday, December 7, the president of FDF, Joshua Adegbenro, said the group believes Sowore’s revolution could be a creation by some foreign entities to cause the country’s disintegration.
Adegbenro said Menendez and his likes must provide answers whether or not Sowore committed any crime in the first instance as well as establish if he attempted to overthrow a democratically elected government. He also said that Nigerians can begin to take them seriously when such evidence is made available.
Urging that the senator and other vested foreign associates must allow the country’s law take its full course, Adegbenro said recent call for the activist’s release by Senator Bob Menendez with Opeyemi Sowore, the wife of Omoyele Sowore is an insult to the sensibilities of Nigerians.
He said currently the focus has been deliberately shifted to freedom for Omoyele Sowore and not the crime he committed against the state.
“The Friends of Democracy and Freedom wishes to state that things that are intolerable in western climes are also unacceptable in Nigeria.
A call for a revolution is a threat to peace and tranquillity, and all peace-loving people must condemn it,” Adegbenro said.
Menendez said the events surrounding the rearrest of Sowore shows that the federal government of Nigeria no longer has regards for the rule of law.