Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka says the Muhammadu Buhari government has attained an “unprecedented level of paranoia” by filing charges of treason against the Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow.
Prof. Soyinkav said this in a statement on Saturday after the Federal Government filed seven counts of treasonable felony and money laundering charges against Sowore.
The Federal Government had filed the charges on Friday.
He regretted that the nation had failed to learn from past experiences.
He said, “This is utterly depressing news. So, the Sowore affair has moved beyond harassment and taken on a sinister direction. Outside the country where I happened to be engaged at the moment, I can testify that the immediate reaction around me was to dismiss this as yet another grotesque product of fake news, of which Nigerians have become the greatest practitioners. I confess that I also joined in this school of thought – at the start.
“Further checks have however confirmed that this government has indeed attained an unprecedented level of paranoia. I do not believe that the Justice department itself believes in these improbable charges, as formally publicised. So, once again, we inscribe in our annals another season of treasonable felony, History still guards some lessons we have yet to digest, much less from which to learn. Welcome to the Club, Mr. Omoyele Sowore.”