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Sowore Speaks Out: No Regrets Over Revolution Now Movement

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Omoyele Sowore, the African Action Congress (AAC) Presidential Candidate in the 2023 General Election, remains undaunted and unrepentant about his political activism, despite the repercussions that followed his initiation of the ‘Revolution Now’ movement. This initiative, which aimed at instigating a significant political and social overhaul in Nigeria, led to his arrest and subsequent incarceration by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari. In a revealing interview with Saturday Sun upon his return to the United States after nearly five years in Nigeria, Sowore reflected on his experiences, the current political climate, and his vision for Nigeria’s future.

Sowore’s journey into the eye of Nigeria’s political storm began with his arrest following the ‘Revolution Now’ protest, a movement he initiated to challenge the status quo and advocate for transformative change. Despite the personal cost, including a lengthy separation from his family and significant financial losses, Sowore remains steadfast in his belief that his actions were necessary and justified. He views his participation in the movement as a privilege, an opportunity to stand as a beacon for change in a nation desperately in need of courageous and principled leadership.

Throughout his ordeal, critics and detractors have accused Sowore of complicity in the emergence of the Buhari administration, charges he vehemently denies. He maintains that his political activism, including ‘Revolution Now’, was born out of a genuine desire to galvanize the Nigerian youth and foster a new era of political consciousness and accountability. Sowore’s efforts, he argues, laid the groundwork for subsequent youth-led movements, such as the #ENDSARS protests, which challenged police brutality and government impunity.

Reflecting on his personal sacrifices, Sowore speaks poignantly about the toll his activism has taken on his family life. His prolonged absence meant missing out on critical years of his children’s lives, a painful sacrifice that underscores the depth of his commitment to Nigeria’s democratic future. Financially, the cost has been substantial, but for Sowore, the fight for justice and democracy transcends monetary considerations.

The interview also touched on broader political issues, including the implementation of the Steve Oronsaye Report, which Sowore dismisses as a distraction. He expressed skepticism about the government’s commitment to genuine reform, criticizing the reliance on constitutional amendments as an ineffective solution to Nigeria’s systemic challenges. Sowore’s disdain for the current legislative structure is palpable; he advocates for the abolition of Nigeria’s bicameral legislature in favor of a more efficient, part-time model to curb legislative excesses and corruption.

Amidst discussions of policy and political ideology, Sowore’s resolve remains unshaken. He is critical of President Buhari’s successor’s stance on state police and restructuring, viewing them as insincere gestures rather than substantive reforms. His skepticism extends to the ongoing constitutional amendment process, which he views as a superficial exercise that fails to address the foundational issues plaguing Nigerian governance.

Despite the adversities he has faced, Sowore’s message to Nigerians is one of unwavering hope and resilience. He pledges to return to Nigeria, signaling his ongoing commitment to the cause of democracy and reform. His story is a testament to the power of conviction and the enduring belief in the possibility of a transformed Nigeria, driven by the ideals of justice, accountability, and societal progress.

As Nigeria grapples with its complex political, social, and economic challenges, figures like Omoyele Sowore represent the indomitable spirit of those who dare to envision a better future. While the path ahead is fraught with obstacles, Sowore’s journey underscores the transformative potential of dedicated activism and the enduring quest for a more equitable and democratic society.

Source: The Sun Nigeria

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