Engage With Dissenting Voice If You Can Engage With Bandits – Sani Chides FG
A former Senator Shehu Sani has asked the federal government to engage dissenting voices if it could sit with bandits for dialogue.
The former Senator was reacting to the arrest of a Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) Omoyele Sowore in the 2019 election.
Department of State Service (DSS) arrested Sowore in the early hours of Saturday over his planned protest against the Federal government.
Sani said “The arrest of Omoyele Sowore stands unreservedly condemned,”
“Our Democracy has become a block of ice floating on warm waters. We are leapfrogging into totalitarianism.
“A nation that can sit and have a cup of coffee with bandits in the search for peace should not find it difficult to engage dissenting voices.
“It’s ironic for our nation to walk in the sun and be allergic to shadows. The voices of dissent are the heartbeats of democracy.
“Let not our prisons not be filled with those that speak but with those that kill.”
Sowore’s planned protest which he tagged #revolutionnow against bad governance in Nigeria.
The protest is scheduled to be held on Monday, the 5th of August.
Sani accused the All Progressives Congress of becoming intolerant to the truth that brought them to power and once served as the “moral chariots that validated their ascension to power”
He said Nigeria’s democracy will remain questionable until citizens “learn to tolerate things that are legal within the ambit of the law but unpleasant to our ears”.
“The Government should defeat Sowore by beaming a bigger light than his and not by switching off his rays.
“Sowore should be released.” He said.