New Jersey Senator and member of the US senate overseas relations committee, Robert Menendez has condemned the arrest of Omoyele Sowore on the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja which ignited an uproar.
Essentially the most senior Democrat in the US Senate who puzzled if President Muhammadu Buhari will not be conscious that the arrest is tarnishing his picture, said that the #RevolutionNow covener ought to be celebrated and never incarcerated.
Menendez added that there will be consequences in US’ relationship with Nigeria if any harm comes to Sowore.
“The United States is watching and the world is watching. I fear that the blatant harassment of Mr Omoyele Sowore, an activist and journalist whose only crime appears to be exercising his right to free expression, is becoming symptomatic of increasingly closing political and civic space in Nigeria,” Menendez mentioned.
“The Nigerian courtroom has twice ordered his launch on bail. And the state safety businesses brazenly defied the courtroom order every time leaving me to conclude that both Nigeria not respects the rule of legislation or President Buhari is woefully out of contact with what brokers of his governments are doing in his title.
“That is unacceptable in a rustic that calls itself a democracy. Journalists who danger their lives to expose the reality needs to be celebrated, not incarcerated.
“It’s unacceptable to that the husband and father of a US citizen with such blatant cruelty. As we speak, my workplace contacted our ambassador in Nigeria in an effort to acquire solutions on what actions america is taking up the Sowore household’s behalf.
“In the next several days, I’ll continue to engage with the states department in Washington to ascertain the impart of what the arrest of Mr Sowore and other activists and journalists will have on our relationship with Nigeria. My hope is that the bilateral relationship we have with Nigeria will be reassessed in light of these events.”