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Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Drabeey(m): 9:58pm On Aug 04, 2019
The Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has condemned the arrest of activist Omoyele Sowore.

Mr Sowore, a presidential candidate in the last election, was arrested on Saturday for calling for a revolution against poor governance.

“Beyond the word ‘revolution, another much mis-used and misunderstood word, nothing that Sowore has uttered, written, or advocated suggests that he is embarking on, or urging the public to engage in a forceful overthrow of government,” Mr Soyinka said.

He compared the actions of the security agencies that arrested Mr Sowore to what happended during the tenure of the late dictator, Sani Abacha.

“We underwent identical cynical contrivances under the late, unlamented Sani Abacha, when he sent storm-troopers to disrupt a planning session for a similar across-nation march at Tai Solarin School, Ikenne,” Mr Soyinka wrote in a statement sent to PREMIUM TIMES.

Read the full statement below.

SURELY, NOT AGAIN!!!

Deployment of alarmist experessions such as “treason”, “anarchist”, “public incitement” etc. by Security forces have become so predictable and banal that they have become meaningless. Beyond the word ‘revolution, another much mis-used and misunderstood word, nothing that Sowore has uttered, written, or advocated suggests that he is embarking on, or urging the public to engage in a forceful overthrow of government. Nothing that he said to me in private engagement ever remotely approached an intent to destabilize governance or bypass the normal democratic means of changing a government. I therefore find the reasons given by the Inspector-General, for the arrest and detention of this young ex-presidential candidate totally contrived and untenable, unsupported by any shred of evidence. His arrest is a travesty and violation of the fundamental rights of citizens to congregate and make public their concerns.

This is all so sadly déjà vu. How often must we go through this wearisome cycle? We underwent identical cynical contrivances under the late, unlamented Sani Abacha, when he sent storm-troopers to disrupt a planning session for a similar across-nation march at Tai Solarin School, Ikenne. This was followed up by a personalized letter that was hand delivered by the State Security Services to me under their ummons, at their Abeokuta so-called ‘Annexe’ with near identical wording to the threats contained in today’s release from the desk of the Chief of Police. At least, I was summoned, not subjected to a terrorist midnight arrest. Some irony!

The same pattern Pavlovian conduct manifested itself under yet another supposed democratic ruler who personally declared that the gathering of civilians to deliberate on, and propose a constitution for the nation was ‘high treason’, and would be resisted by the full rigour of state power if we persisted. The Inspector-General of Police mobilized his forces and issued inflammatory proclamations, but PRONACO went ahead despite all the thundering from Aso citadel. Can the police ever learn anything also their tear-gassing and brutalizing of grieving mothers who marched peacefully to protest the deaths of their children in a plane crash inferno? Their mission, under that same regime, which was simply to deliver a letter to government house in Lagos, demanding greater safety in airline operations, yet such a rational intent, born of traumatic circumstances, was quashed on the sidewalks of a supposed twentieth century nation.

And yet again, even a faceless cabal under yet another civilian regime refused to be left out of the insensate play of power. A march on Aso Rock calling for an end to governance by a ghostly entity was slated to be crushed, but fortunately, a conflicting balance of interests decided in favour of a reduced trajectory of protest. And so on and on and on, in a nation which continues to speak at once through both sides of the mouth, spewing out the same Treason monotone, as if this was a magic incantation that could substitute for the venting of mass feelings, even as collective therapy!

May I invite the Inspector-General to wade through the daily journals of the past few weeks and months, read and digest the calls by numerous sectors of society – across professions and national groupings – for demonstrations against the parlous conditions of society, all identifying ills to which attention must be drawn, and urgently, through mass action? Demonstrations and processions are time honoured, democratic ways of drawing not only the attention of government to ills, but of mobilizing the public towards a proactive consciousness of their condition, and thereby exhorting civil society also to devise means of ameliorating their condition through their own efforts? Religious bodies have urged such remedies, so have civic associations. The ready recourse to arrests, incarceration and threats to civilians are ultimately counter-productive. They alienate the citizens, erode their confidence in governance responsiveness, and thereby advance the very extremist nightmare that security agencies believe they are acting to thwart.

If we cannot learn from the histories and experiences of other societies, let us at least learn from ours. Freedom is not so glibly qualified. It cannot be doled out like slops of charity from soup kitchens. Let the Police stick to their task of protecting and managing protests, not attempt to place their own meaning and declaration of intent on bogey words like – revolution!


https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/344731-just-in-sowores-arrest-buharis-govt-behaving-like-abachas-soyinka.html

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Drabeey(m): 9:59pm On Aug 04, 2019
They cumulatively turned this country the way it is. You guys could have changed the polity back then. Buhari wouldn't have any option than to do better. Just stay out of this prof.
#RevolutionNow

#dialogue

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Rosskiki: 10:04pm On Aug 04, 2019
Beyond the word ‘revolution', another much misused and misunderstood word, nothing that Sowore has uttered, written, or advocated suggests that he is embarking on, or urging the public to engage in a forceful overthrow of government,” Mr Soyinka said.

Prof, you cannot say ''Beyond the word''.

That word, Revolution, means forcible overthrow of the government. It is an important word.

Why should an elected govt stand for that?

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by JonDon12: 10:18pm On Aug 04, 2019
Buhari Is A better Choice To Jonathan- Soyinka Read more: https://www.legit.ng/381182-buhari-is-a-better-choice-to-jonathan-soyinka.html


Wole Soyinka 2015

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Young03(m): 10:26pm On Aug 04, 2019
They where friends and had something in common

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Nobody: 11:10pm On Aug 04, 2019
Rosskiki:


Prof, you cannot say ''Beyond the word''.

That word, Revolution, means forcible overthrow of the government. It is an important word.

Why should an elected govt stand for that?
The phrase 'Beyond the word Revolution' is a continuation of a sentence you missed.

Let me help here...

Deployment of alarmist expressions such as "treason", "anarchist", "public excitement", etc by security forces have become so predictable and banal that they have become meaningless beyond the word 'revolution'. Another misused and misunderstood word.

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Earlystar698: 11:28pm On Aug 04, 2019
watin concern me ayam going for my business tomorrow

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by tamonokare: 11:29pm On Aug 04, 2019
Hahaha
Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by amaechi1: 11:44pm On Aug 04, 2019
Prof please, educate us on the word "Revolution"

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by leofab(f): 1:57am On Aug 05, 2019
same same
Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Felixamos(m): 2:15am On Aug 05, 2019
Buhari right now...

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by fukushaki(m): 2:26am On Aug 05, 2019
grin Prof Soyinka, Zombies are coming for you

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by hedonido: 2:27am On Aug 05, 2019
Rosskiki:


Prof, you cannot say ''Beyond the word''.

That word, Revolution, means forcible overthrow of the government. It is an important word.

Why should an elected govt stand for that?

So a lilliputian nonentity like you can tell the Nobel Laureate what a word means or how to use/interpret it (context)?

Some of you are so audacious in your very annoying display of stubborn ignorance.

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Annie939(f): 3:43am On Aug 05, 2019
abacha is better than Buhari the lifeless dictator

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by ivandragon: 5:42am On Aug 05, 2019
Sowore should have been invited by the relevant security agencies rather than be subjected to a Gestapo style abduction...


It is also interesting that a government that would not tolerate protests against bad governance, oppression & insecurity would seek to please killer herdsmen by giving them lands to settle down ....


Or like a military chief said, give repentant killers in BH chance to run for the highest political office in the land...

Interesting times we live in...

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by helinues: 6:15am On Aug 05, 2019
But they were friends now?

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Nobody: 6:30am On Aug 05, 2019
Old man please try and support something for once
Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Drabeey(m): 7:21am On Aug 05, 2019
razy75:
Old man please try and support something for once

Who needs his support? He should just help by keeping quiet.

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by lomprico(m): 8:22am On Aug 05, 2019
shut up! that's want you wanted na.

Buhari should help me and arrest this one too. bastards

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Nobody: 8:23am On Aug 05, 2019
sad
Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:23am On Aug 05, 2019
Subsidy revolution comes to mind!

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by nurex01(m): 8:23am On Aug 05, 2019
Y don't we think the problems of this country not with the president alone? Don't we look at the Senators and Reps representing each of our constituency? Don't we know that's where the problem lies? Don't we look at the bastards given birth too in some families? Why can't we have good bring up for the families?
Come and buy what I'm selling. I'm selling CHARGERS o

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Vikzz(m): 8:23am On Aug 05, 2019
worst Nigerian President/Govt Ever
Like for GEJ share For BUBU

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by crackhouse(m): 8:24am On Aug 05, 2019
Worse than Abacha
This is the picture of the tyrant and his cabal doing their protest without resistance from police and other security outfits.
Second picture: I am sure this guy must be regretting why he was among the people that supported Buhari and threw Jonathan out....

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Felixalex(m): 8:24am On Aug 05, 2019
Hmmm
Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by omaigala(m): 8:24am On Aug 05, 2019
Of course.

Imagine those pastors abducted by those fulani herdsmen were not linked to Adeboye?

The authorities won't even care to go on rescue mission except the people are ready to cough out money.

Instead of buhari to chase these demons out, he's busy arresting and fighting saner people.

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Imperare(f): 8:24am On Aug 05, 2019
Ok
Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Nobody: 8:24am On Aug 05, 2019
Not to defend Buhari, but as bad as things are, it hasn't reached Abacha level.

Abacha would just simply dissapear one, and you won't hear anything, not even court case for years...plus all them marching, no one would even bother turning out.

Bad democracy is better than army rule.

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Re: Wole Soyinka Reacts To Sowore’s Arrest: 'Buhari’s Govt Behaving Like Abacha’s' by Pvssy: 8:24am On Aug 05, 2019
React Soyinka will only react.

All Nigerians are specialists in reacting. And they know fully well it won't change anything.


Thank God we don't have nuclear facilities in Nigeria. The way we react to issues in this country will have exploded all.

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