President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

A Coalition of Civil Society Groups have given President Muhammadu Buhari a 14-day ultimatum to free Omoleye Sowore, as a mark of its disapproval of alleged excesses of the Department of State Services, DSS.

The coalition also called for the release of former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and other persons detained by the security agency.

The activists expressed their concern at a news conference in Abuja, over attacks on free speech allegedly being perpetrated by the Buhari administration.

The Lead Speaker, Yemi Adamolekun of Enough is Enough Nigeria, asked Buhari to address the nation on his commitment to the rule of law and human rights before the ultimatum expires. She warned that if the demands were not met, the activists would occupy offices of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC across the country.

The rights groups included: Amnesty International Nigeria; Centre for Democracy and Development; Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre; Socio-Economic Right and Accountability Project; Take Back Nigeria; Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre; and Transition Monitoring Group among others.