Reno Omokri, a former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan says a controversial Presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore is a “failed blackmailer” who is “up to his old tricks”.
Omokri, an ardent critic of the current administration headed by President Muhammadu Buhari, was responding to a claim by Sowore that some Nigerians have made millions from negotiating with the government to put an end to the nationwide protest against police brutality.
Sowore, a self-styled human rights activist and the convener of #RevolutionNow tweeted on Wednesday that “I will not be part of any negotiations regarding #EndSars”, claiming that “many have entered into these negotiations and come out of the other side becoming billionaires”.
Sowore said the alleged negotiators think “it is a game”, vowing that “the only negotiation I will ever engage in is that of the surrender of our oppressors”.
The former aide describes Mr Omoyele’s statement as “typical”, alleging that his “stock in trade is blackmail”.
“If Sowore is sure of his allegations, he should name which leaders of the EndSARS movement have made billions, and who it is that paid them,” Mr Omokri said.
The author said the Sahara Publisher cannot “back up his accusations, defending that #EndSARS movement “has no leader”.
He described #EndSARS as “a mass movement of the Nigerian people beyond party, tribe, region or religion.”
“No disgruntled element must be allowed to taint the vehicle for our freedom.
“He is pained and bitter that his revolution now turned into a big flop of revolution never.
“He has a large ego and tried to muzzle in and reap where he did not sow, by assuming command of the EndSARS movement. When that gambit failed, he came up with this false allegation,” he claims.
Sowore Had A Meeting with APC in 2015, says Sowore.
Omokri who took to his Instagram on Thursday to vent his disappointment against the controversial self-styled activist queried Sowore to tell Nigerians who has received billion naira bribe.
He continued, “It is likely to be the man casting aspersions on EndSARS. Omoyele Sowore cannot stop the emancipation of the Nigerian people. If he refuses to join EndSARS as one it the many citizen partakers, he should return to his failed revolution now and stop making false allegations.”
The former aide said he has a “testimony” which he is willing to defend in court that “Omoyele Sowore had meetings with All Progressives Congress party officials at the Abuja Headquarters in the run up to the 2015 elections.
“His grouse is that he expected to be made a minister in 2015, just as General Buhari made Festus Keyamo a minister. After failing to get nominated, he felt used, hence his bitterness,” he said.
Nigerian youths took to the street after a video which shows a SARS agent shot a man in a cold blood near Wetland Hotel in Ughelli and then escapes with his vehicle – a white Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle surfaced on social media.
Nigerians are protesting against unwarranted and unlawful killing, injustice and exploitation by the SARS unit of the Nigerian Police.
However, a few days after the continuous protest, the government announced a ban on SARS only to rebirth it in a new name, SWAT.
The new name, Nigerians believe, is the usual way the government undermine their demand for a change.