Joe Okei-Odumakin, widow of late Afenifere leader, Yinka Odumakin on Monday took a moment off mourning as she reacted to the reported attack on a former presidential candidate and publisher of online news medium, SaharaReporters, Omoyele Sowore.
Sowore was reported injured from a tear gas canister fired by a female police officer during a peaceful demonstration at the popular Unity Fountain in Abuja on Monday.
Reacting, Okei-Odmakin said Nigeria is gradually moving into a dictatorship because such an incident is “unacceptable in a democratic country under the law.”
She warned that the federal government must not heat up the polity further by abusing the fundamental human rights of citizens.
“This is unacceptable! Nigeria is a democratic country under law and not a dictatorship or banana republic.
“Freedom of speech, freedom of association and freedom of movement are some of the fundamental human rights granted to Nigerian citizens by the 1999 Constitution as amended.
“The widely-expressed flaws of this Constitution notwithstanding, it still charges journalists to hold the government accountable to the people.
“It accords the people the right of peaceful protest, especially when drawing government officials’ attention to their failings and the expectations of citizens from them, which is legitimate
“We, therefore, condemn the shooting of Sowore as barbaric and an infringement of his rights under the law.