The hashtag #FreeSowore is the number trending topic on Nigerian Twitter at the moment and it comes after the arrest of human rights activist and pro-democracy campaigner, Omoyele Sowore by operatives of the Department of State Services.
The DSS invaded Sowore’s apartment in the early hours of Saturday, August 3rd 2019 with four trucks, seizing his phones and other electronic gadgets. His whereabouts is currently unknown. Sowore’s #RevolutionNow campaign has gained national and international attention in the last couple of days following a planned nationwide protest scheduled for Monday, August 5th.
Using Freesowore hashtag on Twitter, many Nigerians slammed President Buhari for trying to use the DSS to silence Sowore.
If news report of DSS picking up @YeleSowore is confirmed then those behind his arrest sure did not learn from the past, he just had you were he wants you to be. Now we won't know if #RevolutionNow would have really taken over Nigerian government on Monday. It's now #FreeSowore
Sowore arrested for wanting a revolution, killer herdsmen walking free 4 killing Innocent people, Boko Haram members freed for claiming repentant. Nothing can stop an idea dat has come to stay! Revolution we seek, Revolution we will get#FreeSowore#RevolutionNow#BuhariIsACoward
Just Confirmed that one of the leaders of the #RevolutionNow movement Comrade Omoyele Sowore @YeleSowore has been arrested by armed men of the DSS overnight. Those who make peaceful negotiations impossible makes violent revolution inevitable. It has started.#FreeSowore
@MBuhari's Administration has energy to arrest protesters and those who tried their best to fight for justice, no energy to arrest killer herdsmen, no energy to arrest corrupt APC members, no energy to restructure Nigeria.#FreeSowore#FreeDadiyata#RevolutionNow
Abu Hanifa (@dadiyata) was reportedly picked up by the DSS two days ago, I suspect for criticising the Government. Suppressing the voices of critics, harassing or intimidating them in a democracy is tyranny. I add my voice to those demanding his release. #FreeDadiyata
If my account gets suspended, it gets suspended. I am done being silent while the government keeps suppressing and arresting individuals that dares to speak against their misdeeds. #FreeSowore#RevolutionNow
There was MANDELA, there was SANKARA, there was KING JAJA, there was ADAKA BORO, there was FELA and there is @YeleSowore today. Activism doesn't end when an activist dies or is captured by the DSS, it only fuels more activists. #FreeSowore#RevolutionNow