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"You May Cage Sowore But Not His Idea," Says Ezekwesili     

Ezekwesili to Buhari: You can’t cage Sowore’s idea.    

Funsho Akinwale

Oby Ezekwesili, former presidential candidate in the last general election, has criticised the federal government over the continued detention of Omoyele Sowore, the co-convener of #RevolutionNow movement.

Ezekwesili noted that the detention of the publisher of Sahara Reporters was not only unconstitutional but also unlawful.

The one-time Education Minister said this on Saturday via her verified Twitter handle.

Ezekwesili described the federal government as one that is intolerant of criticism.

“We stand on with @YeleSowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of governance that worries him. Mr Sowore’s convening of citizens to protest poor governance – via #RevolutionNow– is constitutionally guaranteed.

“Democracy and voice are Siamese twins.

“The good kind of Siamese twins.

“No one regardless of their position is given the right to shut down voices like @YeleSowore’s for daring to disagree. How long shall it take before the FG @NigeriaGov understands the basics of democracy?

“We must thank him for once again reminding us that: the power of the people is greater than the people in power," she tweeted.

You will recall that Sowore, on Friday, was charged with several offences, including treason, cybercrime, money laundering and an attempt to seize power from President Muhammadu Buhari, among other issues.