Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka has knocked the President Muhammadu Buhari administration for the fresh charges filed against the detained convener of #RevolutionNow, Omoyele Sowore.
The Nigerian Government had at the expiration of the 45 days order to detain Sowore, filed a seven-count charge bordering on cyberstalking Buhari, terrorism and felony including money laundering.
Reacting, the Nobel Laurette, in a statement on Saturday. regretted that the nation had failed to learn from its past.
Soyinka said the government “has indeed attained an unprecedented level of paranoia” over the “improbable” charges that include “insulting” President Muhammadu Buhari.
The statement read: “This is utterly depressing news. So, the Sowore affair has moved beyond harassment and taken on a sinister direction.
“Outside the country where I happened to be engaged at the moment, I can testify that the immediate reaction around me was to dismiss this as yet another grotesque product of Fake News, of which Nigerians have become the greatest practitioners.
“I confess that I also joined in this school of thought – at the start.
“Further checks have however confirmed that this government has indeed attained an unprecedented level of paranoia. I do not believe that the Justice department itself believes in these improbable charges, as formally publicised.
“So, once again, we inscribe in our annals another season of treasonable felony, History still guards some lessons we have yet to digest, much less from which to learn.
“Welcome to the Club, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.”
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