Omoyele Sowore is speaking out for the first time since his arrest at about 1am by the Department of State Services ( DSS ) on Saturday August 3.
The former Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) reportedly expressed delight in knowing that the ‘Revolution’ protest took place across the country.
The activist who allegedly refused to eating meals he was given by the Secret Police, spoke from the DSS facility he is being held in and he thanked Nigerians and the international community for their support for the protest against bad governance in the country.
Speaking when members of the “Take It Back Movement” visited him at the
DSS facility, Sowore said;
“I would like to assure everyone that I am being treated well and in very good health. I am pleased that the peaceful #RevolutionNow protests went ahead.
“However, knowledge of the sheer number of innocent Nigerians being arrested for exercising their civil rights bothers me. I join others in demanding for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested by the police on Monday.”
Take It Back Movement’s Director of media and communications Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi, confirmed in a statement that Omoyele Sowore was in high spirits during the visit. The statement released on Monday August 5 reads;
“At 6pm today, 5th August, 2019, members of the Take it Back Movement were allowed to visit with our convener, Omoyele Sowore, for the first time since his armed abduction in the early hours last Saturday, August 3.
“We met him in high spirits, unmoved by the events of the last few days.
“The officers allowed us to present him with food as Sowore had refused all meals since his capture.
“We are also happy to confirm that Take it Back members will be allowed to bring him food daily as per his wishes.
“The freedom fighter was quick to ask about the movement and supporters as he is aware that there will be a lot of worry about his wellbeing.
“Indeed, the silver lining in today’s unrest lies in the knowledge that truly, you cannot stop an idea whose time has come.
“The Take it Back Movement will continue to agitate for his release as well as that of comrades whose voices this oppressive regime has tried to silence.
“This visit was a small win; but we will not rest until we are free and free indeed.”