Reno Omokri, a former media aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed his sympathy for the owner of an online medium, SaharaReporter, Omoyele Sowore over his travails in the hands of the Department of State Service DSS).
Sowore was picked up by the DSS over a planned protest he was championing tagged #RevolutionNow.
Recently, security agencies barricaded the office of the media outfit in Ikeja and that of CDHR over another planned protest which was meant to call for the release of the publisher.
Omokri who noted that Sowore told deliberate lies to destroy the reputation of those he’s against including his former boss, said he created publicity for the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.
“If you say Omoyele Sowore is a liar, I will agree. He tells deliberate lies to destroy the reputation of those he’s against, using his Sahara Reporters website. He did it to me personally and my boss. But neither Goodluck Jonathan nor I ever contemplated his arrest.
“I sympathise with Sowore, but I can’t help but feel that his travails are self-inflicted. I know his nature. He will come out of jail, read this, and use SaharaReporters to salvage my reputation. But even at that, he created the @MBuhari Frankenstein monster.
Speaking further, Reno who is a staunch critic of the ruling government said Sowore was an ally of the President who helped him demarket the former president.
“What is happening between Sowore and General Buhari is just a bromance gone sour. Sowore is not some innocent activist that General Buhari is persecuting. He was an ally of Buhari, who sold him to Nigeria. We must not rewrite history or will repeat it.
“Using Saharareporters, Sowore dishonestly DEMARKETED then President Jonathan as a “DRUNKARD”, a “SLOWPOKE”, “CLUELESS” and MARKETED Buhari as an “INCORRUPTIBLE”, a man who would “CRUSH” Jonathan, and was “BETTER” than Jonathan and “GOOD” for Nigeria.
“In 2014, when Jonathan said “I am the most INSULTED president in the world but when I leave office, you will all remember me for the total freedom you enjoyed”, he was referring to Sowore and Sahara reporters. Nigerians mistook his TOLERANCE for WEAKNESS,” he pointed.
He added that if insulting a President is a crime, both Buhari and Sowore are guilty due to what they did to ex-President Jonathan.
“Today, General Buhari is trying Sowore, his former partner in propaganda, for insulting him. If insulting a President is a crime, both Buhari and Sowore are guilty due to what they did to ex-President Jonathan. But it is NOT a crime. Sowore should be freed!
“Sowore is not the victim here. The victim, who refused to be a victim, is former President Jonathan who Sowore accused of thievery, yet all his children schooled in Nigeria while he was President. 5 years after leaving office, no one has found GEJ wanting
“It is possible that people around Jonathan made money, just as people around General Buhari are making money. But, Jonathan was NOT the THIEF, DRUNKARD or WEAKLING Sowore painted him to be. He is God-fearing. To fear God is a weakness to men like Sowore.”