Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore, has defined the sort of strain that pushed his youthful brother, Olajide Sowore to be out early when he was shot lifeless alongside the Lagos-Benin Expressway on Saturday.
In an interview session on Zoom with Toyin Falola on Sunday, Sowore mentioned Olajide was below strain to supply for the wants of the massive household which was what prompted the deceased to be on the highway as early as 6 am.
Sowore acknowledged that he’s from a household of 19 and for the reason that demise of their father, he (Sowore) had been the one caring for his youthful siblings.
He, nevertheless, mentioned his incarceration by the Nigerian authorities pushed the strain to the shoulders of Olajide, who was brutally murdered on Saturday.
Sowore acknowledged this whereas reacting to the heart-felt condolence messages expressed by contributors on the Zoom life session.
He mentioned: “Thank you very much to everyone who reached out. At this stage, the crime has two suspects, the first murderer is the primary murderer, the state and we know them. The second murderers are those we have not found, but we know they work on behalf of the state.
”I additionally need to make one thing identified right now that I’m the primary son with 16 siblings and I was the defend over everybody however since I used to be held up right here in Abuja after the kidnap from Lagos on August 12, 2019, and ultimately stored in open jail right here in Abuja, the strain on my brother to cater for the youthful ones led him to be driving round twice between the varsity and his companies on that very harmful highway.
”Otherwise, I do not suppose my brother can be on the highway at 6am had it not been that he was below strain to cater for our youthful ones and the wants of the household.
“He automatically became the breadwinner of our huge family and he discharged his duties creditably well.”
Some of the condolence messages despatched to Sowore are included under:
Tola Oshunuga, a member of the Coalition for Revolution mentioned: “It should be noted that Jide was himself a gentleman but also a fighter in his own right. That he went back to school to start afresh a Pharmacy degree at age 47 after establishing a thriving business and a foundation.
“I was also happy to hear (Obadiah) Mailafia (former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria) requesting an independent investigation. This shows the critical situation of security in our country.
“Let’s all prevail on the government that Sowore be allowed to go home and stand in place for the burial. We urge you all to call on government and ensure this.”
Ola Olukanmi said: “Olajide Sowore is speaking to us right now not to relent in ensuring an end comes to these incessant killings. I’m calling on all Nigerians to please stand up, let’s put an end to these killings. Our legislators are there doing nothing.
“They see these things happening day and night, we need to remove this terrorist-in-chief from office so people can move freely in the country.”
Ogunleye Lawrence stated: “I was scared this incident could cause discouragement, the urge to quit the struggle.
“Your message, ideology, and what you’re doing is getting to the minds of people. This is not the time to quit. This is a sad incident.”
Professor Oyeniyi Bukola said: ”Hold quick that which you consider, keep in mind that younger man, what he had in thoughts, please maintain quick. I do know you proper from NANS. I salute your braveness, please maintain quick.”
Ugo Nwokeji mentioned: “I used to be unhappy however… when one thing like this occurs, we suspect the worst. My coronary heart goes out to your loved ones. The truth that you just’re right here right now with us on this discussion board, reveals that you’re unbreakable and that provides us extra hope, encourages us, and even reveals the enemy that you’re unbreakable.
“This is superb to have you ever right here right now. This requires reflection. How lengthy is it going to proceed? The individuals who killed your brother have been killing folks however they’ve now been known as authorities militia.
“If that is one thing deliberate, what the remainder of us will probably be asking is why ought to this occur. Even if it is an assassination, it is troublesome… and even Fulani herdsmen killing, that is the time for reflection.
“We have to start to suppose extra clearly that that is coming residence, nobody is secure.”
Akwasi Aidoo, a popular Ghanaian poet said: “I just want to share with you the concept of humanity among the Akan people of Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire
“According to the Akan people, we as humans have three parts, the body given to us by our parents which is why we often look like them (one of them).
“The second part is the soul and it is given by the Almighty God and that never dies, it goes back to him. The third part is the legacy of the person and that is a divine social contract we sign with the Almighty.
“The legacy never dies, it is what is left behind. I think from what has been said today, clearly, your brother has left behind a huge unforgettable legacy, let’s keep going, let’s keep the legacy alive.”