The Presidency has dismissed insinuations in the media about the re-arrest by the Department of State Services (DSS) of Omoyele Sowore, saying no government would allow anybody to openly call for destabilisation in the country and do nothing.
Mr Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow protest, was rearrested on Friday at the Federal High Court in Abuja hours after being released on Thursday night.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Sunday, compared Sowore to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, who is now on exile.
“Nigerians do not need another spate of lawlessness and loss of lives all in the name of ‘revolution’, especially not one that is orchestrated by a man who makes his home in faraway New York – and who can easily disappear and leave behind whatever instability he intends to cause, to wit, Nnamdi Kanu,” the statement said.
The Presidency added that the DSS does not necessarily need its permission in all cases to carry out its constitutional responsibilities.
“He (Sowore) 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 destabilisation in the country and do nothing,” it said.
The Presidency also accused Sowore of trying to disrupt the country’s democracy by encouraging an overthrow of government exemplary of the military regime.