Shehu Sani: ‘Charges Against Sowore Amount To Electrocution Of Justice’
A former vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs , Senator Shehu Sani. has described the Federal government charges against Omoyele Sowore as amounting to electrocution of Justice.
The human rights activist turned politician lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari government for creating fears and climate of intolerance in the country.
Sani , who is now the Executive Director , African Centre for Peace and Development , stated this on Monday in a statement in Abuja.
Referring to the trial of Omoyele Sowore , Publisher of SaharaReporters, Sani said the charges preferred against the blogger had put a stain in the human rights records of Buhari ’ s government.
He also said the action was already creating fears in the minds of Nigerians with dissent voices and opinions about the government.
He said , “ Sowore ’ s trial is unnecessary and uncalled for because it would only further stain the human rights record of this administration , diminish and dent the moral standing of our country.
“ There is a climate of fear , intimidation and intolerance in the country and this contradicts the philosophy of progressivism the ruling establishment purports.
“ The nation’ s democracy is imperiled by a growing state culture of intolerance of dissent and opposing opinions.
“ If the ruling establishment is confident of its moral standing and support base , it should defeat Sowore with superior ideas and not persecute him.
“ Sowore ’ s charges amount to electrocution of freedom.
“ The democratic credential of any elected government is not simply about the legitimacy of its mandate, but about the degree of its tolerance of dissent and its compliance with the fundamental principles of freedom.
“ I appeal to the Federal Government to drop the charges filed against Sowore .
“ Our democracy is becoming inhabitable and inhospitable to its ideal content.
“ When a state equates dissent to disloyalty , it progressively decays under the weight of its courtiers.”