The Power of This Platform
WordPress is a powerful platform to share our various messages on. The reach is global, our communities diverse and our voices are heard.
It is in the knowledge of this that I humbly ask you to share the information I am about to post with your readership.
My brother-in-law, international journalist Omoyele Sowore of Sahara Reporters, along with fellow journalists, Olawale Bakare and Agba Jalingo, are being illegally held and physically abused in their native Nigeria for exercising their Freedom of Speech in that “democratic” nation. All three men face charges of high treason, which, in Nigeria, is punishable by death.
Their crime? Calling for mass protests against the rampant corruption, abuse, lawlessness and dictatorial regime of Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari.
Amnesty International has taken up their cause. So have the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and other international bodies against human rights violations. Let us use our platforms to raise our voices against injustice, tyranny, corruption and a blatant disregard for the basic tenets of democratic rule.
How you can help! Share this information. Read their stories. Share the Change.org petition. Write to your Congressman, Senator, the President and demand US intervention in this matter or cut-off relations. Stand up for democracy. If you live in a country outside the USA, raise the matter within your country, write to the United Nations and ask for sanctions against Nigeria and that Nigerian court’s authority be respected by the DSS and government of Buhari. Your voice matters. Raise it.
You have power in your pen. You possess the ability to expand this message and help bring these journalists home to their families before some ‘unfortunate’ accident happens to them while in custody and they become martyrs. Let us stand for justice. Let us raise our voices. Let us help our fellow writers and journalists.
We can bring change. Let the change begin with Y-O-U!
Petition · Free Omoyele Sowore · Change.org
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