The European Union says protests stay a cardinal a part of democracy so long as they continue to be peaceable.
The EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen, nonetheless who was reacting following the arrest of Omoyele Sowore mentioned it was not the job of the EU to inform Nigeria the best way to conduct its inner affairs however added that the judiciary ought to be allowed to do its job.
Karlsen mentioned this whereas responding to a query by The PUNCH on the ‘departure orientation for the 2019 Erasmus+ Scholarship Awardees’ in Abuja on Thursday.
He mentioned he was not conscious of any petition despatched to the EU by rights teams who had criticised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led authorities over the clampdown on protesters.
The ambassador mentioned, “The European Union stands agency on the ideas of freedom of speech and our basic values. After all, it will be significant in any democratic society for individuals to have the ability to take part.
“I’m not conscious of any petition following the most recent occasions in Nigeria however what I can say is that so long as individuals search peaceable means to reveal and voice their political opinion, that is what we see as a pure a part of a thriving democracy.
“Of course, any democracy or any society in the world must jealously guard and make sure that such pronouncements are always non-violent and that they respect the fundamental rules of the game and democracy at the end of the day and it is for the Nigerian justice system, in the end, to follow up on specific cases and as long as these cases are being dealt with in the Nigerian justice system, it is not for the EU or the EU ambassador to judge what is right or wrong in these occasions but of course we always follow very carefully when there are dissenting voices in the countries where we operate and we listen very carefully to all of them.”
The Federal Authorities had on Saturday arrested Sahara Reporters writer, Omoyele Sowore, for organising a nationwide protest calling for a revolution.
On Monday, safety companies additionally clamped down on protesters, arresting those that determined to reveal on the Nationwide Stadium, Surulere.
A Federal Excessive Courtroom in Abuja granted the Division of State Providers’ request to detain Sowore for 45 days pending investigation for alleged treason and terrorism.