- Issa Aremu has said Sambo Dasuki and Omoyele Sowore must prove their innocence
- The labour leader was reacting to their recent release from the custody of the DSS
- According to the labour leader, this act has shown that AGF Abubakar Malami had resumed duty as the chief law officer of the federation
Labour leader, Issa Aremu, has commended the release of former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki and convener of the Revolution Now protest, Omoyele Sowore.
Aremu, an executive committee member of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and general secretary, Textile Union, Kaduna, in a statement on Wednesday, December 25, said it is remarkable that the Department of State Services has finally complied with the court orders.
According to him, it implies that the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, had resumed duty as the chief law officer of the federation, The Nation reports.
“It is remarkable that the Department of State Services has finally complied with the court orders directing it to release some detainees, the notable being the convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore and the immediate-past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki," he stated.
He, however, said Sowore and Dasuki must prove their innocence of the charges against them.
“The burden is on all the state security agencies to allow unfettered judicial process while the released detainees must prove their innocence of the charges against them," he said.
Aremu said the time has come to have quality control of Nigeria’s democratic process as there is a huge deficit in that aspect.
“Authoritarianism has manifested itself in Nigeria through long years of military rule marked by the absence of debate, patience, accountability, intimidation, disregard of civil rights, and nonchalance about due process, and the rule of law, by both some state and non-state actors alike," he noted.
The labour leader called for a new democratic culture that allows for unfettered faith in the democratic process.
He said all Nigerians need to demand free and fair elections and above all accountability from elected officials in an organised and disciplined manner.
Aremu said it is the lack of democracy that is preventing the much needed economic and social development in Nigeria.
“The challenge is to deepen democratic process through all-inclusive respect for the rule of law, which must start in the New Year with the implementation of the new minimum wage law by both private and public sector employers,” the labour leader added.
Meanwhile, the presidency said the federal government decided to release Sowore and Dasuki because it wanted to show the world that it adheres to the rule of law.
Both men were released on Tuesday, December 24, from the custody of the DSS.
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