The European Union (EU) finally speaks on revolutionnow protest,says it stands for the freedom of speech of the people in any democratic society. they further said that this is democracy.
However, Ketil Karlsen, EU ambassador to Nigeria, points out that the organization can only monitor events as the tribunal handles instances of the country’s latest protests
Karlsen says in a thriving democracy, it is normal for people to seek peaceful means of demonstration or voice their opinions Ketil Karlsen, the European Union (EU) ambassador to Nigeria, has said his organisation remains in firm support of freedom of speech, which he describes as very important in any democratic society.
Karlsen spoke on Thursday, August 8, as a Federal High Court in Abuja granted the prayer by the Department of State Services (DSS) to further detain Omoyele Sowore, leader of the ‘RevolutionNow’ movement and presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC)in the 2019 election, for 45 days. The Guardian quotes Karlsen as saying in a statement: “I am not aware of any petition following the latest events in Nigeria but what I can say is that as long as people seek peaceful means to demonstrate and voice their political opinion, this is what we see as a natural part of a thriving democracy.
“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.” The EU ambassador added that it is for the Nigerian justice system, in the end, to follow up on specific cases. According to him, as long as such cases are being dealt with in the Nigerian justice system, it is not for the EU or its ambassador to judge what is right or wrong.
“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,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Abuja court asked Omoyele Sowore to be kept in custody for another 45 days pending investigation.
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