Reactions Pour In Over Arrest Of Omojuwa, Others For Protesting #NISExam
Reactions have started pouring in from Nigerians and some prominent citizens over the arrest of blogger and writer, Japheth Omojuwa; PR professional, Uche Briggs; and Axeernah Mohammed among others.
The protesters were arrested following a march against the continued retention of Abba Moro, the minister of interior, by the president, Goodluck Jonathan, despite the failed recruitment exercise which he coordinated, and which led to the death of 19 job seekers.
Apart from the overwhelming majority of social media users that have been condemning the arrests, some other public figures have also spoken up.
Among those who have led their voice to the arrest is former education minister, Obiageli Ezekwesili. She expressed shock at the arrest and has been on a tweeting spree since then applying pressure on the security agencies to release the detained Nigerians. She said: “Are these folks so badly removed from reality? Do they know the depth of anger in Nigeria about the #NIS tragedy? Better release @omojuwa.”
“Every democracy that must succeed must have citizens like Omojuwa and Uche Briggs, fearless in agitating for public good. Better release them,” she said later, before adding that if she was in Abuja, she would as a concerned citizen have gone out there in their support,” she said.
Mallam Nasir Elrufai, the APC chieftain and former FCT minister who also confirmed the incident said he was in Lagos but sent lawyers to the police station where Omojuwa was being detained. He further said that “we have alerted the National Human Rights Commission of this gross violation of constitutionally guaranteed right to associate/protest.”
However, according to Elrufai, the lawyers who were sent to represent Omojuwa were denied access to him and not allowed to enter the SSS premises. He said that even “Waziri Adio, publisher of Metropole magazine has been denied access to him.” El-rufai described it a “serial violations of the constitution. We must all respond to this unlawful detention with condemnation and further action unless it abates forthwith.”
Also reacting to the arrests today was former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode who called on the “federal government to release Japheth Omojuwa. He is one of the most forthright voices in the land and he cannot be silenced.”
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