The presidency has released a statement to clarify the release on bail of Omoyele Sowore, the Revolution Now convener, stating that his arrest and detention are not connected to his practice as a journalist.
The confirmation was made in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, in Abuja.
He stated that "The Presidency wishes to clarify the release on bail, of the Presidential Candidate of the African Action Congress in the February 2019 elections, Omoyele Sowore."
He refuted claims by some international news outlets, which he stated have been describing Sowore's release as that of a journalist. The Special Adviser stressed that “For the avoidance of doubt, the Buhari Administration has never, since coming into office in 2015, detained a journalist, seized copies of newspapers or shut down a medium of information."
Shehu revealed that "Sowore called for a revolution to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nigeria. He did so on television, and from a privileged position, as the owner of a widely-read digital newspaper run from the United States of America.”
He alleged that Sowore founded the Revolution Now to launch, in their own words, “Days of Rage,” with the publicised purpose of fomenting mass civil unrest and the elected administration’s overthrow. No government will allow anybody to openly call for destabilization in the country and do nothing,”
In further defence of the presidency, Shehu said, ”The government believes strictly in observing the rule of law but must safeguard public security and will not allow trouble makers to incite the public and cause a breakdown of law and order.”