Wole Soyinka Reacts To Fresh Sowore Charges

Wole Soyinka

Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has accused the Federal Government of unprecedented Paranoia following the charges against Sowore.


Yesterday came the news report that the Federal Government is bringing up fresh charges against former Presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore

Wole Soyinka said in a statement that he had initially dismissed the story but that he is alarmed by the level of paranoia being shown by the government.

He said:“This is utterly depressing news. So, the Sowore affair has moved beyond harassment and taken on a sinister direction. Outside the country where I happened to be engaged at the moment, I can testify that the immediate reaction around me was to dismiss this as yet another grotesque product of fake news, of which Nigerians have become the greatest practitioners. I confess that I also joined in this school of thought – at the start.

“Further checks have however confirmed that this government has indeed attained an unprecedented level of paranoia. I do not believe that the Justice department itself believes in these improbable charges, as formally publicised. So, once again, we inscribe in our annals another season of treasonable felony, History still guards some lessons we have yet to digest, much less from which to learn. Welcome to the Club, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.”

Social Media was awash with criticism for the government over the charges with the likes of Adekunle Gold and Don Jazzy speaking out about it.

As the conversation has continued, more and more people are popping up who worry that Sowore was proposing more than a mere protest, but rather a revolution which could easily turn violent.

There was this tweet that said: “I was mad at the FG when Sowore was picked up until I saw just the first video with Nnamdi Kanu, that was my breaking point. And now the many other videos where he wasn’t mincing words, his intentions were clear enough; capacity is a diff issue as it could’ve been easily hijacked”

So maybe that was the worry for the federal government. However, is incarceration ans what looks like bullying the right way to go?

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