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‘My Commitment To Nigeria Is Unshakeable,’ Human Rights Activist Sowore Vows As He Visits US For First Time in 5 Years 

He recounted the challenges he faced, including arrest, assault, torture, and detention.

Nigerian human rights activist Omoyele Sowore has announced his return to the United States after nearly five years of what he described as “unlawful, unjust, and inhuman detention” by the Nigerian political system since August 2019.

He however, said that his commitment to advocacy in Nigeria still remains strong and is unshakeable despite the hardship he faced.

In a press statement released on Friday, Sowore, a vocal advocate for the rights of Nigerians, recounted the challenges he faced, including arrest, assault, torture, and detention, all stemming from his call for a nation that Nigerians can truly call their own. He said that he had been charged with treason, but after five years, the government withdrew the charges against him.

However, the human rights advocate said, “If the government thought that keeping me detained, and later restricting my movement would break my spirit, and cause me to renounce my commitment to fighting for the downtrodden Nigerian people, they are mistaken.”

During his detention, Sowore was separated from his family, missing crucial moments with his wife and children. He also faced personal tragedies, losing his brother to gunmen on Nigeria’s roads. Despite these hardships, Sowore emphasized his unwavering commitment to Nigeria and his dedication to fighting for the well-being of the Nigerian people.

“I stand today to declare that I am unbowed. My commitment to Nigeria is unshakable. My resolve to continue to fight for the betterment of the Nigerian nation and to demand accountability from her leaders will never be compromised,” Sowore affirmed.

Reflecting on the state of the nation, Sowore pointed out the persistent issues of corruption, inflation, and the devaluation of Nigeria’s currency. He expressed concern about the worsening conditions faced by Nigerians over the past five years.

“I am under no illusions about what the future holds. I commuted myself to the mission of helping to create a Nigeria that fulfils its promise and realizes its potential, over 30 years ago. I have suffered greatly for that commitment. My family, colleagues, and associates who have stood by me throughout this journey have endured great pain and privations as well,” he stated.

Addressing his next steps, Sowore assured that his trip to the US was temporary. He pledged to return to Nigeria to continue his struggle for the total liberation of the people from the perceived corruption within the political class. Sowore also indicated his readiness to confront the legal challenges awaiting him upon his return.

“Nigeria will be free. Nigerians will see a nation that is free of corruption, that has leaders whose only interest is in uplifting the people and creating an environment where our people can realize their potential.

“I remain committed to this ideal. It is a commitment that I have dedicated my life to, and my resolve to stay the path and keep on with the fight remains strong,” he declared.

He expressed gratitude to his family, lawyers, including Femi Falana SAN, colleagues, and fellow revolutionaries for their unwavering support throughout his journey.

Ozioma Samuel-Ugwuezi

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