Sowore-American Senators Sends a letter to Malami
The American senators have written a letter to the Attorney General of the federation on the arrest, detention and nearest of Sahara reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore.
The law makers, called on Malaimi to follow rule of low, as that seems not to be possible under the present regime of president Muhammadu Bihari.
The letter was jointly signed by6 law maker comprising of 4 senators and 2 congressmen. They include Robert Menedez (senator), Charles Schumer (senator), Cory Booket (senator) Christopher Coons also a (senator) Bill Pascrel (congressman) and John Gorthener (congressman)
“We are pleased to stand alongside Nigeria as a democratic country. As the largest democracy in Africa. Nigeria has an opportunity and responsibility to serve as model for following the established rule of law under its own constitution. And as with all advanced democracies, this includes the lawful application of prosecutorial powers and actions as well as ultimate compliance with judicial rulings. In the case of Mr Sowore, this does not appear to have happened”.
The lawmakers said Nigeria must learn how to uphold the basic human rights of its citizens including their “freedom of expressions and political affiliation without fear of government reprisal and harassment, particularly for opposing or dissenting voices”.
“Mr Attorney General, we request that you take immediate steps to ensure the safety and security of Mr Sowore while he is held in government custody; work to facilitate speedy and fair resolution to the circumstances of his re-detention; and ensure he receives a legally sound and credible trial.”
The lawmakers maintained that the continued detention of Mr Sowore will only serve to tarnish Nigeria’s international reputation.
Nigeria has an opportunity and responsibility to serve as model for following the established rule of law under its own constitution. And as with all advanced democracies, this includes the lawful application of prosecutorial powers and actions as well as ultimate compliance with judicial rulings.
Former US ambassador to Nigeria Mr John Campbell also caution that, the treatment being mated on Sowore is seriously damaging the reputation of Nigeria in the international eye.
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