The Take It Back Movement is appalled at the government’s latest attempt to crush the voice of hope and uprising in Nigeria by the violent arrest of our convener, Omoyele Sowore, by the DSS in the early hours of today, 3rd August, 2019. While we are angered by the government’s continued insistence on quashing basic human rights, we are not surprised that the tools of governance remain oppression, suppression, injustice and brutality.

A government with no respect for dialogue, debate or justice has no business leading any group of people, talk much less the most populous, the most vibrant African nation.

When all else have fled, Omoyele Sowore has maintained his commitment to the people of Nigeria – engaging them at grassroot level while still meeting with community leaders and individuals who are still interested in changing the narrative for Nigeria’s future. He has urged citizens to fight for their fundamental human rights; to demand more from the people they elected, and to have a fair chance at living worthy lives.

The APC-led government has responded the only way they know how: by utilising the Department of State Services – a department that is meant to be the primary domestic intelligence agency of Nigeria – as their personal attack dog for harassing and intimidating any individual who opposes them and their debased, corrupt conduct.

The Take it Back Movement demand, in no uncertain terms, the unconditional release of Omoyele Sowore. We take this opportunity to make it clear to the old guards that they may arrest one person, but they cannot arrest an idea whose time has come. Globally and nationally, Nigerians and our sympathisers are rousing from their slumber and are taking it upon themselves to join the struggle for a Nigeria that works for all.

The Buhari government cannot silence this awakening.

If Nigeria is to progress, Nigeria must first be free.

It is enough.


Rachel Onamusi-Kpiasi
Director, PR, Media and Communications
Take it Back Movement

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