While Nigerians all over the country were celebrating crossing over into the new year, the Nigerian police disputed the peaceful protest led by #RevolutionNow covener, Yele Sowore in Abuja.
According to an eye witness report, seven vans filled with police men from the Rapid Response Squad of the Nigerian police brutalise and arrested him and some of the participants of the procession at Gudu junction in Abuja.
Nigerians on social media, in reaction to the arrest of the activist, have criticised severely, the Muhammadu Buhari-led government for its penchant of violating human rights constantly as they demand the immediate release of Yele Sowore and others.
This is where Nigeria should wake up o. Think, what exactly do you think is @YeleSowore's offence?? Asking for better Nigeria?? Truth is they are not scared of Sowore, they're scared of you. They now once we all stand up to this, Game over. Wake up Nigeria!!! #FreeSowore Now! pic.twitter.com/r4pKLSrV43
I think it is now safe to say Africa is doomed and there's no remedy, few days ago Bobi Wine a presidential candidate was unlawfully arrested in Uganda wks to the election now @MBuhari the tyrant Gen has unlawfully arrested @YeleSowore 1st thing today on 1st Jan 2021#FreeSowore
— SOD-Dropout 🕸️ (@Funkid404) January 1, 2021
This administration still moved into 2021 with it fear of peaceful protest. The bandits get baby of the house treatment while law-abiding citizens get the Kondo on the head. Happy New Year to us all. #FreeSowore law-abiding
— Adenegan Enigbokan(Ur Fav Swimming Coach)🚣🚤🏊🏄 (@Ade_Enigbokan) January 1, 2021
How would the accalimed president of Nigeria address Nigerians?
Would he acknowledge the beating&arresting of @YeleSowore ?
Would he justify granting the hardened boko haram a new life to keeping @YeleSowore from him family?@MBuhari or whoever, #FreeSowore
— #ENDSARS_ Endsars (@IAmPrincessDfk) January 1, 2021
Update: Barr Abubakar Marshall is now with @YeleSowore @AyowoleSanyaolu and the three others brutalized at SARS office, Abbattoir.They are waiting for the doctor to treat them all of their injuries.The time of oppressions is up. Our liberalization cannot be postponed!#FreeSowore
— Kunle Wizeman Ajayi (@AjayiWizeman) January 1, 2021
Arresting a man for seeking his rights on the first day of the year only means one thing and that's to say the government wants to make 2021 hell for Nigerians but we won't sit back and watch this tyranny consume everyone of us. Enough of this madness! #FreeSowore
— Dr. Halima Abubakar (@DrHalima_) January 1, 2021
This is not the way for Buhari to start 2021
— Morris Monye💙 (@Morris_Monye) January 1, 2021
The Nigerian Government has displayed this expected act of cowardice by re-arresting Sowore on the first day of 2021.
What has he done this time? Has he slept with the president’s wife ???#FreeSowore
— timi 🦅 (@timiPR) January 1, 2021
My heart breaks that #FreeSowore is the first tweet I'll be doing in the year 2021. The level of lawlessness, impunity and crass tyranny in Nigeria is disturbing and worrisome.
— FESTUS OGUN (@mrfestusogun) January 1, 2021
The Nigerian Government tackles their greatest problem by re-arresting Sowore in 2021.#FreeSowore
— Kikelomo sowore (@KikelomoSowore) January 1, 2021
1. Is Nigeria no longer a Republic?
2. Is the flawed 1999 constitution suspended?
3. Is this his New Year’s gift to Nigerians?
I really don’t understand Buhari’s obsession with treasonable felony. The only thing I can say is, “only a coupist wud be afraid of Sowore”#FreeSowore
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) January 1, 2021
Time zones are so weird. Nigeria is in 2021, American Samoa is in 2020, and President Buhari is stuck in 1983.#FreeSowore
— KATOR TARKAA (@KatorTarkaa) January 1, 2021
This is the height of it. This brainless tyrant @MBuhari just think he owns everybody and can arrest or brutalise anyone at will. After restricting @YeleSowore to Abuja for over a year and denying him access to family, U still attacked him? What exactly is it U want? #FreeSowore
— Olawale Adebayo (@IamMandate) January 1, 2021