The Presidency has come out to debunk claims that the President Buhari led administration is clamping down on the media, stating that his government has never detained a journalist.
This was made known in a recent statement released by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, who was speaking on the recent arrest and release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow Movement.
The spokesman was reacting to the depiction of Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters, by some international news media as a journalist detained by the government.
He stated in a Facebook post that the Department of State Services (DSS) arrested the activist because he called for a revolution to ”overthrow” President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
See full statement below;
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.
Some international news outlets have mistakenly been describing his release as that of a journalist.
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.
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 founded an organisation, 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.
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.