- The publisher of Sahara Reporters' has been nominated for an honour award in the US
- Omoyele Sowore was nominated by US lawmaker, Josh Gottheimer, for the Prisoner of Honour Award in the US
- The award which is to be presented by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission is charged with promoting, defending and advocating for international human rights
Omoyele Sowore, the publisher of Sahara Reporters' and the convener of the #RevolutionNow protest has been nominated for the United States of America's prisoner of honour.
Sowore's nomination follows his incarceration by Nigeria's State Security Services (SSS) and recent release from detention after the court had given an order granting him bail months ago.
According to Sahara Reports Sowore may be given the ‘Prisoner of Conscience honour award’ by the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission of the United States House of Representatives.
The publisher of SahaReporters, who was released by the Department of the State Service, DSS, by the order of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, was commended by many for his resilient and determination for a better Nigeria.
It was gathered that the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission is charged with promoting, defending and advocating for international human rights.
Also, a US lawmaker, Josh Gottheimer, is said to have sponsored Sowore’s nomination for the Prisoner of Honour Award in the US.
Gottheimer said: “For months now, I have been working closely with the Sowore family, the Haworth community, the State Department, and my colleagues to advocate on Yele’s (Omoyele) behalf."
He also called on the Nigerian government to ensure that Sowore is protected and provided the due process he deserves to enable him to return to his family as soon as possible.
“We will continue watching the situation in Nigeria, a democracy seeking closer ties with the United States, to make sure the government respects basic human rights," the US lawmaker said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Sowore was arrested by the Federal Government for organising a protest perceived to be targetted at overthrowing the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.
Although the publisher and activist had previously said that the #RevolutionNow protest was aimed at exposing and calling to end, the alleged ineptitude of the present administration, he was detained even after a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had ordered his release.
However, after a public statement on Tuesday, December 24, by the minister of justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Sowore was released alongside Sambo Dasuki, a former National Security Adviser to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, who had been in detention since 2015.
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