The mother of Omoyele Sowore, convener of the #RevolutionNow Movement, says she has been unable to eat or sleep since she learnt of the detention of her son by the Department of State Services (DSS).
The DSS arrested Sowore on August 3 and he has been in custody since then despite being granted bail twice.
The activist is standing trial on seven counts of treasonable felony, fraud, cyber-stalking and “insulting the president”.
In a video message she addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari and Yusuf Bichi, director-general of DSS, Sowore’s mother said her son often visits her in the village during the month of December.
She said he had not been able to do so because he is being held captive by the DSS.
“Dear SSS, Dear Buhari, I am Yele Sowore’s mother. I am sending you this message as a mother. I am a woman, your mother is a woman, your wife is a woman also. This is December and Yele has been taken away since August,” she said in the two-minute, 40 seconds video.
“He always comes to me in the village every December but you have been holding him. I am a widow, my son has always been like that. He speaks against injustice and stands up against it. He doesn’t run away, he faces his case. Please release him and let him face his case in court. I know him, he can’t run away because he knows he has not committed any crime.”
She called on mothers across the country to speak up against the “unlawful detention” of Sowore, saying her son is only asking for a better Nigeria which holds a bright future for all.
Sowore’s mother added her health had been failing her as she is bothered that the activist has not had medicare care since he was arrested.