Former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore and human rights activist, Deji Adeyanju, Monday met with the Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Paul Enenche, over the arrest of six activists in the church for wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts on Sunday.
Sowore and Adeyanju arrived at the church around 3:00 pm alongside their lawyer, Barrister Abubakar Marshal, and had a closed-door meeting with the cleric.
It was disclosed during the meeting that the activists were arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services and not the church security officials.
Adeyanju while speaking with newsmen after the meeting noted that the church has no hand in the entire incident that happened.
He further stated that the pastor informed them that he has taken steps to secure the release of the activists.
Adeyanju added that pastor Enenche said the activists committed no crime and that he had reached out to the DSS authority regarding the matter.
Adeyanju said, “There is something the pastor said which I must reemphasise here, that they did not like the fact that the activists came and were making noises here but that he doesn’t want this thing to be misconstrued to mean it is the church that is sponsoring the protest.”
Sowore while speaking on the issue said the pastor denied claims by some people that the activists were trying to disrupt the church service.
Sowore said, “They came here and it is their right, I wore my T-shirt to meet with him today, my #BuhariMustGo T-shirt. So there is nobody who can tell you what to wear to church or to wear to school except schools that have uniforms.
“But we are adults and if we are tired of the system and we say the system must collapse, it is our right to express ourselves freely. I told the pastor when he said he was not happy when the activists were trying to protest within the premises that with the way things are going on, more and more people will be wearing #BuhariMustGo T-shirts to the church because people are tired of the Buhari regime.
“We have a respectable agreement and some disagreements over this issue but what is important to me and why I don’t want to drag this for too long is the release of these individuals from detention.
“We are going to wait till evening because we requested that they should be released today (Monday). Nobody knows their whereabouts. We don’t know whether they have been fed or they have been tortured.”
Meanwhile, there was a mild drama at the gate of the church when the activists were granting press interviews and some policemen challenged the journalists who were conducting the interviews.
The policemen had questioned the journalists for granting Interviews at the gate, but the situation was brought under control when the activists stood their ground that they had not violated any law by their action.