The coalition for revolution, campaigners of the #RevolutionNow, says the arrest of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the movement will not stop its member from proceeding with the nationwide protests scheduled to begin on Monday.
Sowore, activist and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) at the 2019 poll, was on Saturday, arrested by suspected operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
But speaking at a press conference in Lagos, the coalition demanded the immediate release of Sowore, noting that the action of the DSS was to push people to violence.
“We remain one, undeterred by the arrest of Omoyele Sowore. Sowore is a tested revolutionary that even if you put him to the cemetery, he is satisfied, fulfilled,” said Kunle Ajayi, a member who spoke on behalf of the movement.
“The DSS has played foul for arresting Sowore. The mistake you have made is that while you took away Sowore, there are one million Sowores in Nigeria today and all of us have said that #RevolutionNow.
“The DSS should know that by Monday morning, not only in Lagos, but all over Nigeria and outside Nigeria, we will move to the streets as early as 6am. We should continue to make these demands that Sowore has initiated. The government that believes that we are still in the military regime. We are here to posit that nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.
“All of us here not just members of the #TakeitBack Movement, but from the United Action for Democracy, Community Women Initiative, Moshood Abiola Vanguard for Democracy, and a lot of other Nigerians here have signed up for the #RevolutionNow.
“We understand that the abduction of Omoyele Sowore by exactly 1:24am this morning is to infuriate Nigerians and people loving Nigerian people into some violence. We want to note that one; we will not be derailed. We demand immediate release of Omoyele Sowore who has not committed any offence whatsoever.”
The DSS is yet to make any comments over the arrest.
The police have warned against the protest, describing #RevolutionNow as “treasonable”.