Nigerian social media is presently abuzz after the Department of State Services (DSS) formally filed charges Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow protest.
In a startling development, the secret police filed a five-count charge against Sowore, accusing him of causing insult to the person of President Muhammadu Buhari and cyberstalking.
Sowore, publisher of SaharaReporters news medium, has been in detention since August 2 after his arrest.
Following the news that Sowore was being charged for insulting the president, Nigerians took to social media to react, with many calling out the federal government for the unabashed clampdown on basic rights and free speech.
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter…
The federal government has charged Omoyele Sowore for “conspiracy to commit treason”. In the suit dated September 19, the government accused Sowore of granting an interview which purpose caused insult on the person of the president of the country.
— Ogundana Michael Rotimi (@MickeySunny) September 20, 2019
Insult is not a crime. It’s a personal issue; best you can do is sue for libel. We don’t have Lese Majeste law in Nigeria 🇳🇬 insulating the president from insults.
FG charges Sowore with treasonable felony, accuses him of insulting Buhari https://t.co/m5EyQdaYM0 via @MobilePunch
— Bolaji (@BolajiAremo) September 20, 2019
Las las, we're heading towards Military Regime. If you talk, you die! You remain silent, you also die! Not all President will be like ex President @GEJonathan, i please for @YeleSowore unconditional release. Sowore wanted CHANGE! https://t.co/z5s0PqSSHp
— Mr Kay (@RealMrKay) September 21, 2019
The number of insults Trump as received since becoming president of USA is way too much compared to what Sowore said to Bubu. And nobody was jailed,prosecuted nor arrested. This shows how backward and low our govt is.
— Adetilewa odunayo (@adetilewa_sodiq) September 21, 2019
On this Sowore case,
in as much as the @MBuhari is wrong in a sense,
It's safe to say that Sowore brought this on himself…
Not just by "insulting", but also by his past sins to @GEJonathan.
Sowore is just getting a taste of the seeds he has sown.
— Chibuoke O. ⚜️ (@chibo_okafor) September 21, 2019
In a nutshell.. sowore didn’t treaten or violate any direct constitution law. Buhari is using national assets to arrest a private citizen. Infringement! https://t.co/1Is1xXitMK
— #Obinna (@obytwic) September 21, 2019
Sowore is tired of the way the country is like the rest of us, he wants a change thats all he is saying.. is this not democracy again? But nitwits like u guys wants him jailed for no reason… No wonder Nigeria is the way it is
— That Unidentified Guy (@klose06222232) September 21, 2019