Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, has acknowledged that the Dunamis International Gospel Centre (Glory Dome), Abuja, must be nervous and lead a protest towards injustice over the unlawful detention of 5 #BuhariMustGo protesters arrested on the church premises by the Department of State Services officers if the church was certainly not concerned of their arrest.
Sowore on Friday added that the Senior Pastor of the church, Dr Paul Enenche, must have instructed the over 50,000 church members to storm the DSS headquarters on Sunday and allow them to maintain the church companies there in protest over the 5 detained members.
The human rights activist acknowledged these whereas addressing journalists at a press convention in Abuja on #FreeDunamis5.
Sowore stated, “We are here to inform all Nigerians that Nigeria is no longer a democratic nation. It has become a Banana republic being governed by iron fist. We have a despot in government and he is Muhammadu Buhari and they are making no pretence about it.
“It is very despicable that the church has colluded with the Nigerian state to hand over innocent protesters to the lawless state security service that styled itself as DSS. There is no entity known to the law as DSS.
“So, we have met with the pastors and I discovered that he (Pastor Enenche) was playing games with us. He lied and I am emphasing it. He lied that his church members were not involved, but we have ample evidence that they were involved. They physically brutalised these protesters.
“I have heard some ask whether they should have gone with this T-shirt, the question is; if they had gone to church with T-shirt such as ‘I stand with Buhari’ or ‘Buhari must stay’, would you beat them up?
“And I have also heard some people who are saying that; why don’t they go to mosque? I think this is also a way of demonising Islam to say that if you go to mosque and fight against oppression, the members must beat you up. I have seen a lot of Muslims fight against oppression. The Shiites are fighting against oppression; everyone in this country is tired of the Buhari regime. And they are at liberty to wear whatever they like to church or mosque.
“The church should be a refuge for the oppressed. The church should be worried that there are DSS operatives around them willing to pounce on innocent people for no reason. What I had expected the church to do is to issue a condemnation.
“It should not be we who are planning to protest at the church. The church should have relocated to DSS on Sunday and had its service there and let’s see if the DSS can withstand that kind of power. They have over 50,000 members. If I was Pastor Enenche and I am not feeling guilty of violation of rights, I will ask my church members to let us worship at the DSS headquarters. But they are not interested in that.”
SaharaReporters earlier in the present day reported that the #BuhariMustGo protesters had dragged the church and the DSS to courtroom over the unlawful, arrest, detention and violation of their human rights.
SaharaReporters had obtained the courtroom papers filed by the activists, bearing their names; Ben Manasseh, Emmanuel Larry, Samuel Gabriel, Anene Victor Udoka, and Henry Nwodo because the candidates.
The respondents are; the State Security Service, the Director-General of the SSS, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the Pastor-in-charge of the Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Pastor Paul Enenche.
The swimsuit is being heard on the Federal High Court of Nigeria; Abuja judicial division.