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Press Statement: CORE Stands Against Threats to the Life and Safety of Sowore

Press Statement: CORE Stands Against Threats to the Life and Safety of Sowore


PRESS STATEMENT: 


Coalition for Revolution CORE receives the report of death and re-incarceration threats against Omoyele Sowore with grave concern. Sowore is National Chair of the African Action Congress and a leader of CORE. In utter contempt of court rulings, the regime’s secret police kept him detained for almost five months last year. This was for his leading role in our launch of the RevolutionNow campaign, which a competent court of law has equally ruled as not only legitimate but also within our constitutional rights.


The Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) led regime has since then kept him restricted to Abuja under absurdly stringent bail conditions. This was after a show of shame where security personnel stormed the supposedly hallowed chambers of the court last December to re-arrest him after they were initially forced to release him.


Coming on the heels of the state’s draconian crackdown on poor Nigerians described as “looters” for reclaiming COVID-19 palliatives, and EndSARS protests promoters, this palpable threat is worrisome and must be confronted by all well-meaning persons and civic organisations, home and abroad. The government should rather be compelled to lift the extra-incarceration detention of Sowore which unjustly limits him to the federal capital territory.


The rash of repressive measures of the state against the people includes freezing of the bank accounts of twenty citizens, placing “no-fly” instructions to ban EndSARS promoters from travelling out of the country and seizing the passports of those like Ms Modupe Odele who attempted to fly. CORE activists like Olawale Mandate Bakare, who was also charged with Sowore has been chase around Osogbo by security forces as if he were a criminal. These make the news, muted as it still might be, of intentions to kill or rearrest Omoyele Sowore quite credible. 


To make things absolutely clear to the government, CORE will not tolerate any attack or trumped up charges being levelled against Comrade Sowore. We call on trade unions, professional associations and all other civil society organisations including human rights bodies nationally and globally to callout the regime and demand it desists from threats to the life and wellbeing of ‘Yele Sowore and every state sponsored attacks on activists forthwith. 


*Baba AYE*

Co-convener, CORE


*Gbenga KOMOLAFE*

Co-convener, CORE

12/11/2020


PRESS STATEMENT: 


Coalition for Revolution CORE receives the report of death and re-incarceration threats against Omoyele Sowore with grave concern. Sowore is National Chair of the African Action Congress and a leader of CORE. In utter contempt of court rulings, the regime’s secret police kept him detained for almost five months last year. This was for his leading role in our launch of the RevolutionNow campaign, which a competent court of law has equally ruled as not only legitimate but also within our constitutional rights.


The Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) led regime has since then kept him restricted to Abuja under absurdly stringent bail conditions. This was after a show of shame where security personnel stormed the supposedly hallowed chambers of the court last December to re-arrest him after they were initially forced to release him.


Coming on the heels of the state’s draconian crackdown on poor Nigerians described as “looters” for reclaiming COVID-19 palliatives, and EndSARS protests promoters, this palpable threat is worrisome and must be confronted by all well-meaning persons and civic organisations, home and abroad. The government should rather be compelled to lift the extra-incarceration detention of Sowore which unjustly limits him to the federal capital territory.


The rash of repressive measures of the state against the people includes freezing of the bank accounts of twenty citizens, placing “no-fly” instructions to ban EndSARS promoters from travelling out of the country and seizing the passports of those like Ms Modupe Odele who attempted to fly. CORE activists like Olawale Mandate Bakare, who was also charged with Sowore has been chase around Osogbo by security forces as if he were a criminal. These make the news, muted as it still might be, of intentions to kill or rearrest Omoyele Sowore quite credible. 


To make things absolutely clear to the government, CORE will not tolerate any attack or trumped up charges being levelled against Comrade Sowore. We call on trade unions, professional associations and all other civil society organisations including human rights bodies nationally and globally to callout the regime and demand it desists from threats to the life and wellbeing of ‘Yele Sowore and every state sponsored attacks on activists forthwith. 


*Baba AYE*

Co-convener, CORE


*Gbenga KOMOLAFE*

Co-convener, CORE

12/11/2020

CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike, Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest

CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike, Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest

 PRESS STATEMENT - 23/09/2020

*CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike*

*Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest*



Coalition for Revolution (CORE) welcomes the resolutions of the leadership organs of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to jointly organise a general strike and mass protests demanding reversal of the fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes, and an end to anti-poor people policies of the regime.


In unity and organisation lies the strength of working-class people. As the most organised bodies of workers, the role of trade unions in generalising resistance to the exploitation and oppression of the masses cannot be overemphasized. We thus hasten to stress that, much more important than considerations of increased “cost of doing business in Nigeria”, what is at stake as the NLC decision points out is that, the regime’s polices foster impoverishment of “the already impoverished masses”.


In line with the 22 September resolution of the NLC’s National Executive Council “to begin a mass mobilization of the Nigerian people, professional groups, religious organizations, market women, the informal sector and Congress civil society allies towards total compliance” with its general strike directive, CORE urges the trade unions to organise rallies and mass meetings over the next few days to build momentum for the strike. 


Further, we call on the trade unions to stand firm and not be wooed by partial reversals and sweet tonguing of the government. Rank and file workers have time and again expressed their disappointment at NLC & TUC’ for acceptance of tokenist reductions when much more could have been won. This time must be different.


CORE activists are working people and youth at the grassroots. We will be at the barricades with the trade unions, committed to uncompromised fightback. CORE stands for the full reversal of systemic impoverishment of the masses. This puts struggle for total liberation of the masses to effect system change on the order of the day. 


Every single battle, including for the reversal of fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes has to be viewed and pursued from this overarching perspective of the class war between a handful of exploiters on one hand and the exploited and marginalised masses, who constitute the immense majority of the population on the other. 


Thus, in line with the action plan of CORE for its #RevolutionNow campaign as adopted at its 18 July Plenary Session, the coalition is organising a nationwide and global protest on 1 October. After 60 years of flag independence, the struggle for total liberation must be pursued with all vigour.


The future awaits our stand today. As we dare to struggle, we dare to win. The people united can never be defeated. 


*Baba AYE*

Co-convener


*Gbenga KOMOLAFE*

Co-convener

 PRESS STATEMENT - 23/09/2020

*CORE Supports joint NLC/TUC General Strike*

*Calls for mass protest, mobilises for global October 1 protest*



Coalition for Revolution (CORE) welcomes the resolutions of the leadership organs of the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress to jointly organise a general strike and mass protests demanding reversal of the fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes, and an end to anti-poor people policies of the regime.


In unity and organisation lies the strength of working-class people. As the most organised bodies of workers, the role of trade unions in generalising resistance to the exploitation and oppression of the masses cannot be overemphasized. We thus hasten to stress that, much more important than considerations of increased “cost of doing business in Nigeria”, what is at stake as the NLC decision points out is that, the regime’s polices foster impoverishment of “the already impoverished masses”.


In line with the 22 September resolution of the NLC’s National Executive Council “to begin a mass mobilization of the Nigerian people, professional groups, religious organizations, market women, the informal sector and Congress civil society allies towards total compliance” with its general strike directive, CORE urges the trade unions to organise rallies and mass meetings over the next few days to build momentum for the strike. 


Further, we call on the trade unions to stand firm and not be wooed by partial reversals and sweet tonguing of the government. Rank and file workers have time and again expressed their disappointment at NLC & TUC’ for acceptance of tokenist reductions when much more could have been won. This time must be different.


CORE activists are working people and youth at the grassroots. We will be at the barricades with the trade unions, committed to uncompromised fightback. CORE stands for the full reversal of systemic impoverishment of the masses. This puts struggle for total liberation of the masses to effect system change on the order of the day. 


Every single battle, including for the reversal of fuel pump price and electricity tariff hikes has to be viewed and pursued from this overarching perspective of the class war between a handful of exploiters on one hand and the exploited and marginalised masses, who constitute the immense majority of the population on the other. 


Thus, in line with the action plan of CORE for its #RevolutionNow campaign as adopted at its 18 July Plenary Session, the coalition is organising a nationwide and global protest on 1 October. After 60 years of flag independence, the struggle for total liberation must be pursued with all vigour.


The future awaits our stand today. As we dare to struggle, we dare to win. The people united can never be defeated. 


*Baba AYE*

Co-convener


*Gbenga KOMOLAFE*

Co-convener

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